Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Andrews & Dunham
The Mermaid’s Kiss is a scented Oolong tea from China. Abandon yourself to its charms and steep for 5 minutes in 180 degree water. Drop anchor and stay for a few more cups.
I kissed a girl and I liked it … err, that is, if you’re to take the name of this tea literally, that it is, indeed a mermaid’s kiss.
I have, over the past year or so, fallen head over heels in love with Magnolia scented Oolong teas. Just as jasmine seems a perfect fit with green and white teas, magnolia seems a perfect fit with Oolong. The natural creamy taste and texture of this greener Oolong plays so nicely with the sweet floral notes of the magnolia.
The Oolong is sweet and vegetative, but I wouldn’t describe it as a strong vegetative presence. It is a mild vegetative flavor that is a cross between freshly cut grass and steamed vegetables. It tastes very fresh and vibrant. The freshness of that grassy taste combined with the sweet flowery taste of magnolia give this tea a very spring-like sensation.
The magnolia itself is a lighter tasting flower when compared to jasmine, but I think that softness is what really makes it a perfect match for Oolong teas. Oolong is a very complex leaf, and the subtle approach of the magnolia enhances the nuances of the Oolong without overwhelming them.
A fantastic tea … and a most memorable kiss!