Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: eZenTea
Oolong with nice large rolled leaves with exceptional raspberry flavor. Great for several brews.
Learn more about this tea here.
I was very excited to try this tea when I received it from a dear friend (Daisy Chubb!) The aroma of the tea is amazing! Fresh raspberries! YUM!
I steeped this in my gaiwan, using short steeps (1 minute for the first infusion, adding 30 seconds to each subsequent infusion) and I then combined the first and second infusion for my first cup, and the third and fourth infusion for my second cup.
First cup: The aroma of the dry leaf is much more raspberry than the flavor – the flavor is a softer raspberry note that mingles with the buttery tones of the Oolong in such a pleasing way. This cup starts out quite creamy, and by mid-cup the raspberry tones have developed and each sip has become a raspberry cream taste. Delicious!
Second cup: Some of the buttery tones have subsided, and the floral tones of the Oolong have emerged. The raspberry flavor is still there, mingling now with the floral notes.
If the first cup could be described as an exploration of the sweeter flavors of the raspberry, the second cup would be more of an exploration of the savory qualities of a raspberry. Both cups are very delicious in different ways.
Overall, this is quite an enjoyable Oolong experience.