Reblended for the Holidays!
Among the Oolong teas in our holiday poll, this tea actually came in second. The front runner for the Oolong teas was actually the Sparkle Pony tea, but unfortunately, I did not have the type of Oolong that blend needed (I thought I had some in stock but after heading to my tea studio with plans to reblend Sparkle Pony only to find that I didn't have the tea) and since I get that tea from China, I didn't have the time to order the tea - I ran the risk of it not arriving in time because the shipping from China is very unreliable. Sometimes, I'll get it promptly (and by promptly, I mean within 3 weeks), other times, I may end up waiting 2 - 3 months. (No, I'm not exaggerating.) I didn't want to take the chance that the order would not arrive in time and I wouldn't have the tea blended. So instead, I made this one - and I do plan on reblending Sparkle Pony sometime in the new year.
However, this tea did almost as well as the Sparkle Pony - it was off by just 1 vote! - so I hope you're not too disappointed that I reblended it!
Here's my original description of this tea:
While scanning some of the reviews appearing on Steepster - as I often do - I came across a review for one of the older Oolong Teas produced by 52Teas and although it wasn't a banana flavored Oolong, they mentioned that they taste banana flavors in the tea. So, I thought, hey, why not a Banana Oolong?
Sounds good to me! I thought it might sound good to you too. So I went ahead and made it - and I'm very pleased with the result - really yummy! The banana is strong but doesn't overpower the sweet, luscious, lightly floral notes and hints of nutty flavor from the TieGuanYin. I love the way the tea and flavor meld - really nice!
I stayed true to the recipe (it's a really easy recipe!) however, the TieGuanYin is different because this TieGuanYin came from a different supplier than the previous blend. I find this particular TieGuanYin to have a somewhat stronger floral note than I recall from the previous blend - but it plays very well with the fruit notes. This is still beautifully banana! The banana is sweet and it melds fantastically well with the natural creamy tones of the Oolong tea. It has a silky texture with a taste that is sweet with fruity and floral notes - I love it!
Taster size is approximately 12g
ingredients: oolong tea, organic freeze-dried bananas and & organic natural flavors