Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Art of Tea Mandarin Silk

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: dark, long and somewhat twisted
Ingredients: Oolong Tea, Organic Lemon Myrtle, Organic Marigolds, Natural Flavors
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: brassy gold

The aroma of this tea was absolutely intoxicating as soon as the hot water hit it. I love a good vanilla oolong and this certainly smelled like one. The taste was sweetly floral with heavy doses of cream and a hint of citrus in the finish. I was definitely still able to taste the greenness of the pouchong base. The mouth-feel was thick yet smooth and there was no bitterness whatsoever. It's no wonder that this blend has won Best Flavored Oolong at World Tea East. I'm not one to sweeten my tea but a touch of a light sweetener like German rock sugar might make the flavors really pop. All of the flavored teas that I have tried from this company have been pretty outstanding. Art of Tea manages to balance their flavors well while still respecting the tea and letting shine in its own right.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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