Berry Flavored Oolong Tea from Tea Licious

berryoolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Tea Licious

Tea Description:

China green oolong, safflower, blue flower and acai berry.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

Hmm … this Berry Flavored Oolong Tea from Tea Licious is pretty tasty.  But, it took me a while to get to the point for me to determine that I liked it.  After a quick rinse of the leaves, I really wasn’t all that crazy about the first infusion.  I mean, it was OK.  But, I don’t know that I’d actually say that I liked that first cup.  I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t like it.  I was just kind ‘meh’ about it … kind of neutral.

Then I decided to give it another shot, and I re-steeped the leaves.  The second infusion is quite tasty!  And now that I’m tasting the second infusion, I think I’ve figured out what it was about that first cuppa … the acai flavor was just too bitter … that it threw off the natural sweetness of the Oolong tea.  With this second infusion, the flavors have melded somewhat, and the bitterness of the acai has softened.  Now I taste just a hint of that bitterness, but, now, because it’s a softer bitter tone, it actually contrasts the cup in a nice way … I like the way the sweet, creamy Oolong with its floral tones tastes with the tart berry.

This tea is best enjoyed when it’s hot, I think … and it’s one that you definitely want to infuse more than once.  The second infusion was delightful, so I took it for a third infusion, and this cup was also quite pleasant.  The flavors are softer, but it’s still a very flavorful cup.  The third cup is the smoothest of the three, while I would say that the second cup had the roundest flavor … very palate pleasing.  As for that first cup, I’d suggest trying it with just a little sugar (or perhaps a teeny pinch of salt!) to offset the bitterness of the acai.

Overall, an enjoyable Oolong … and one that proves to me once again that sometimes it’s a good idea to give a tea a second chance!

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