Guangxi Osmanthus

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:Tea Horse
Style:Osmanthus Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Guangxi, China
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 24, 2017

Commercial Description

Green tea from Guangxi, China, scented with osmanthus flowers.

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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
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I am a big fan of osmanthus flavor and aroma. Traditionally this flower is brewed both by itself and with various teas in the summer months because of its cooling qualities.

This blend has only a small proportion of osmanthus to green tea, more for aroma, and to let the green tea to shine through. I very much enjoyed the subtlety and intermixing of flavors. A wonderful brew for hot, humid days, especially when served cool.

Flavors are definitely better when brewed for two minutes or less at 175 to 185 degrees F. It can even be cold brewed for a more subtle, yet more floral flavor.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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I thought this tea was great! I'm a big fan of Jasmine, so I really liked the aroma of this tea. It wasn't as strong as most Jasmines I've had, but it certainly delivered subtle floral tones. The flavor didn't pack a huge punch, but I found it enjoyable! This was definitely a high-quality tea.
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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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Dry leaf has a strange aroma, a little perfumey. Upon brewing though, I like the aroma much more. I also find that it tastes even better once it has cooled to room temperature.

This is my first osmanthus-scented green tea; I've had osmanthus-scented oolong tea before, and it's among my favorite teas. I find that the floral scent doesn't blend as seamlessly with the base tea as in the case of the oolong tea that I tried in the past. This may reflect how some of the greener Anxi oolongs, like Huang Jin Gui, have been bred to resemble the scent of osmanthus and other flowers.

Flavor is quite bold: moderately bitter, and this tea produces a fairly strong cooling sensation, leaving a cool sensation on the palate. Yet it is also moderately astringent.

If you're used to jasmine tea, this tea has a very similar flavor profile and leaves similar sensations on the palate, but its aroma was wildly different: more fruity and herbaceous than any jasmine.

Tea Horse recommends only steeping 2 minutes, and I agree. I tried a longer steeping and it became more astringent without being more flavorful.

I enjoyed drinking this tea but I don't think I'd buy it...apparently, I strongly prefer the osmanthus - oolong pairing over the green tea base, although I suppose I can suspend judgment until I've sampled more examples of osmanthus green tea.

It also didn't quite seem as smooth or high-quality as the other two samples from Tea Horse...which were exquisite! This was still a good tea, it just didn't wow me.

As a side note, this tea is currently out of stock and Tea Horse's website apparently doesn't list prices when the tea is out-of-stock. I think this is a bit of an oversight! I think it makes sense for companies to list prices on all products, whether or not they're in stock!
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