Reviews

What-Cha Kenyan Hand Rolled Purple Oolong

Country of Origin: Kenya
Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker
Liquor: amber

What-Cha seems to have a knack for finding unusual teas from unusual places. Some of you might remember my review of their purple Kenyan green tea from earlier this year. Having enjoyed that selection I was excited to dig into this oolong. The leaves were fairly dark in appearance but took on a greenish purple hue after brewing. Hand rolling produces a much prettier end result than machines ever could and the effort put in was obvious here. The taste was floral and somewhat sweet with hints of fruitiness. What-Cha likens it to plum. I can see the comparison but it’s been so long since I taste a plum that I really don’t have a reference point for it. My second cup was just as enjoyable as the first. There was very little astringency, even when accidentally steeped for too long. I have a tiny bit of leaf left so I just might try experimenting with a gaiwan to see how this tea does. There’s a lot of buzz about purple tea but a lot of it seems to misguided marketing. For more about that, check out my article Purple Tea: Innovation or Hype? on +The Daily Tea.

Kenyan Hand Rolled Purple Oolong sample provided by What-Cha.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.