Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Nature’s Tea Leaf
Cinnamon Oolong Tea is an exclusive blend of select Oolong leaves with natural cinnamon bark. Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees native to the island of Sri Lanka and South East Asia that dates as far back as 2000 B.C. Normally used in sweet and savory cooking, cinnamon is lauded for its ability to aid in the reduction of blood sugar and cholesterol levels while boosting metabolism. Oolong is a medium level caffeinated green tea full of antioxidants and has a light floral aroma and long lasting finish. The combination of the sweet & spicy aromatic cinnamon with the mild floral Oolong makes for a delicious and refreshing drink that can be enjoyed both hot and chilled.
8 oz of water
2 tsps of leaves
Steep 195 degrees at 3 Min
Learn more about this tea here.
At first I was not too sure about this oolong. I am by far a person who really wants her tea to go KAPOW, and this is a very subtle tea even for a tea flavored with cinnamon! So if the idea of cinnamon in this tea scares you please don’t shy away from it! The cinnamon, even though taking a nice presence in the dry form, is not excessively strong.
The packaging of the tea is eye pleasing, quite pretty, and the tea itself is stunning with huge pieces of long cinnamon bark, along with some smaller pieces through out. The oolong tea itself also has a pleasing appearance, and in my opinion even prettier than as in the picture provided here!
I almost missed the steeping instructions provided right on the front of the packaging because it is obscured by cute little pictures of the leaf, a kettle, thermometer, measuring spoon, and timer. I had to laugh at myself, while thinking “why yes you DO need to draw me a picture and I will still miss it!”
At first I was skeptical about an oolong cinnamon mix but alas I am finding I am starting to develop a fondness for this tea. A departure from the norm for sure!
On the initial sip my first thought was of course cinnamon but I was not taken aback by an overly strong cinnamon flavor. However, I was thinking “but where is the oolong?” and just when I was about to start getting crabby and beginning to think that this was not going to be pleasing it hit me like a stealth ninja in the dark …. OOLONG!
Yes, on the after taste was this amazing, buttery, creamy, oolong flavor I so adore! Not only did it sneak up on me but it stayed with me lingering on my taste buds for a good minute until I was ready to take my next sip. So just as I was done processing my thoughts from “where is it” to “omg there it is” and realizing I had nothing to pout about, the flavor dissipated and I was grabbing my tea cup for that next sip!
So with that I will kindly and playfully call this the Ninja Tea.
Its so unassuming too with its cheerful light golden hue like a ray of sunshine no one would think it packs such a KAPOW at the end! What a lovely balanced tea a cinnamon that knows its place and an oolong that knows when to show up for the party!
Yes, Nature’s Tea Leaf won me over with this one and I look forward to trying more of their prettily packaged teas! Sometimes I get too cynical thinking that if something looks too good it must be making up for something it is lacking on the interior. I have been proven wrong this time around!