Tea: Taiwan Osmanthus Oolong

An Osmanthus Tea from TeaVivre

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Brand:TeaVivre
Style:Osmanthus Tea
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
# Ratings:2 View All
Product page:Taiwan Osmanthus Oolong

Review of Taiwan Osmanthus Oolong

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The aroma is extremely floral and sweet. If you have never sniffed an osmanthus flower, the aroma is like a mix of jasmine, honeysuckle, and orange blossoms, it is heady and heavenly, tiny flowers with a very strong aroma. Blend this flower's aroma with a sweet, almost milky, aroma of the oolong. There are also faint notes of chestnut and honey, it is very rich and sweet.

The first steeping starts out delicate with a very creamy mouthfeel. It begins with a delicate creamy sweetness that blooms into a strong floral presence that is a mix of honeysuckle and and osmanthus. There is a slightly nutty aftertaste. I had a great moment when I first sipped this tea, I felt like I was standing in a garden in full summer, warm and content surrounded by beauty. I found myself getting lost, and it is only the first steeping!

I got five steeps from this tea and every one of them was amazing.

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Comments:

Kmidst wrote:
on November 13th, 2014

I had an osmanthus oolong from a different company that smelled absolutely amazing, but the oolong was bland unfortunately. I'm sure the oolong in this one is better quality, can't wait to try it!

Kmidst wrote:
on November 20th, 2014

Well I got it and brewed. Mine didn't come out like yours unfortunately. Maybe it was a late season batch or something. The unbrewed tea didn't look nearly as green and fresh, and the brewed liquid was orange as opposed to that nice gold you had. Ah well, I'll have to try and figure out when it's the best time to order so I get really fresh tea.

Amanda wrote:
on November 20th, 2014

That is tragic! It could be a seasonal thing, or it could possibly be the brewing method, how did you brew yours?

Kmidst wrote:
on November 22nd, 2014

I did my usual with oolongs which is a light boil of about 8oz water, then steep for 3 minutes and strain. I don't have a gaiwan set or anything traditional yet (but soon!). The Life in Teacup stuff came out just great with that method. Thinkin it was just an old batch of tea

Amanda wrote:
on November 22nd, 2014

It could very well be an old batch, strange things can happen with tea sometimes! I brew mine at 195 degrees (I do that for all the more 'green' oolongs) and steep it for 30s, 45s, 60s, 90s, and so on. <br /> I should try it western style and see what the result is, it has been so long since I did that with an oolong that I have forgotten what the difference is. <br /> Good luck finding a batch that is really great!

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