Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Joy’s Teaspoon
Like a refreshing dessert with a touch of something special – a very trendy finale to the perfect dinner. An elegant decoration of fine marigold blossoms simply adds to the beautiful image of this blend.
Learn more about this tea here.
I brewed this tea without looking it up (yep, I did it again!) and I brewed this Oolong blend as a black tea, using boiling water and steeping for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch.
Dry, the leaf looks very much like a black tea, as the tea leaves are quite dark, so I thought it was a black tea and brewed it the way I would most black teas. Also, I must admit that the name tricked me a little bit. With the dark leaves and a name like Summer Sunrise, my thought was: this must be a black tea!
However, Joy’s Teaspoon has it categorized as an Oolong, and after first looking for the tea under “Flavored Blacks” and then finally finding it under “Flavored Oolongs” I started to worry that I might have scorched the leaves with the high temperature.
However, one taste tells me that the Oolong leaves did not suffer from the exposure to the boiling water, nor did the flavor suffer. This is a really delightful cuppa!
This is one of the more unique flavored teas I’ve tried, with its slightly spicy, basil overtones and a hint of lemon in the background. The basil gives it a peppery taste, with a hint of menthol and a slight sweetness. The lemon is more prominent at the start of the sip, like a quick “how-do-you-do?” and then quickly subsides into the background, giving it a bright, sunny flavor without tasting like a strong, distinct lemon note.
Despite these strong flavors, the tea is not overwhelmed. The Oolong tastes sweet with notes of peach in the background. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and silky.
Unique – yes! Delicious – definitely! If you’re one who enjoys unusual tea blends, you should add this one to your must try list!