Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Naivetea Osmanthus Oolong

Naivetea has consistently impressed me with the quality of their flavored oolongs. This selection consists of Alishan oolong infused with natural osmanthus. Osmanthus is a flowering shrub that is native to Asia. The dry leaves were a deep green in color with a few bits of yellow flowers mixed in. I steeped this tea using my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 195 degree water for 3 minutes. The liquor was a deep golden color.

The only word that I can think of to describe this tea is remarkable. This tea is smooth, sweet and buttery. The osmanthus lent a delicate floral and slightly citrus flavor without being too much like perfume. There was no bitterness and my second infusion was just as delicious. For a long time I thought that I didn’t like osmanthus very much but this tea proved to me that the blends I’ve tried before just weren’t up to par. I would definitely recommend this tea.

1 comment:

  1. I find it fascinating how osmanthus and greener oolong blend so naturally. I was thoroughly impressed by Upton Tea's Osmanthus Oolong...but I also enjoy the (unscented) Golden Osmanthus or Huang Jin Gui varietal of Se Chung oolong.

    I would be eager to try this tea! Have you tried any huang jin gui to compare? There is really a striking similarity even though that type of tea does not use osmanthus flowers at all in its production.


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