Sunday, June 3, 2012

David's Tea Jade Oolong Chai

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: dark green and tightly curled, colorful spices
Ingredients: jade style Tie Kuan Yin, ginger root, cinnamon, cardamom, pink peppercorns, stevia leaf. With natural flavouring
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
Liquor: gold

When I saw samples of this in David's Tea's shop I just had to pick one up. I had never seen an oolong based chai and I had never tried a tea with pink peppercorns in it. Unfortunately, this tea was way too sweet for me. I felt like the stevia (or maybe it was the natural flavoring?) all but covered up the oolong. The spice came through only as a slight tingle in the aftertaste. The ginger dominated in that department. There's definitely some potential here but I probably would have gone with a much darker oolong than Tie Kuan Yin. If you are a fan of very sweet teas this blend might up your alley but it just wasn't my thing.

Purchase this tea here.