Ginseng Vitality Oolong Tea from Teasenz

ginseng_oolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Teasenz

Tea Description:

Invigorating and deliciously sweet. This oolong tea has a taste resembling tie guan yin, but with the sweet and refreshing aroma of ginseng. Our Ginseng Vitality Oolong is produced using superior oolong tea mixed with ginseng roots, resulting in a healthy drink that nourishes the body and enriches the soul. A perfect cup to start the day.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The dry leaf of this Ginseng Vitality Oolong Tea from Teasenz has a strong vegetal/herbaceous kind of scent.  I can definitely smell the ginseng!

Now, as some of you might know from past reviews, ginseng is not one of my favorite things, but, I do try to give it a fair shake when I encounter ginseng in a tea and honestly, of the teas that I’ve tried with ginseng in them … I’ve enjoyed more than I’ve disliked.  So, I’m optimistic about this one from Teasenz, especially since I’ve not been disappointed with any teas that I’ve tried from them thus far.

And I can chalk this Ginseng Vitality Oolong Tea from Teasenz up with one of those ginseng teas that I enjoy, because this is actually really quite nice.  I am picking up on some toasty notes, some sweet nutty tones, and a light vegetative note.  There are some earthy notes, too.  It has an enjoyable, honey-esque undertone.

My first cup (infusions 1 & 2) was a bit lighter than the subsequent cups, but even though it was a little lighter in flavor, it was still very flavorful!  The second cup (infusions 3 & 4) was a little more vegetative than the first, and it was in this cup that the toasty notes really came through very nicely.  I am surprised that I don’t taste a lot of ginseng flavor here at all, because I expected more of an earthy flavor from it, but I’m not getting that!  (And this makes me smile!)

My third cup (infusions 5 & 6) was a little softer in flavor than the second cup, and the flavors were not quite as focused as they were with the second cup.  I found the flavors starting to become more of a seamless note.  I also started to notice more of a herbaceous, earthy tone with this third cup than in the first two.

Overall, a pretty enjoyable cuppa.  Ginseng will never become a favorite thing of mine, but, I like it when I can find ways to enjoy it like I have with this tea.