Aroma Tea House’s Tieguanyin Oolong

Anxi Tieguanyin by Aroma Tea House
Oolong Tea / Straight
$12.00 for 100g

First Impressions

Anxi Tieguanyin is one of my Vancouver Tea Festival purchases that I’m finally getting around to reviewing and sharing. This oolong came to me in a cardboard tube with a bright green label telling me what type of oolong it is. The leaves are tightly bunched together, with an almost reddish-brown hue to the colour of the dry leaf.

Aroma wise, this straight oolong has a woody aroma to it, with a hint of stone fruit and some roasted notes to it.

Preparation

There weren’t preparation recommendations on the packaging. I did an initial steep of Anxi Tieguanyin in 195°F (90°C) for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Anxi Tieguanyin steeps to a beautiful golden yellow, it’s quite vibrant and very pleasant to look at. There’s a nice honeyed sweetness to the tea, a light amount of creaminess with a pleasant fruity flavour that reminds me of dried apricots. There’s some roasted notes to this tea, that have a touch of woodsy flavour to it, but it’s not overwhelming the rest of the flavours.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Anxi Tieguanyin a total of six times (seven steeps total), adding an extra 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the fruity notes got stronger while the woodsy flavours subsided into the background. Very pleasant mix of flavours and it’s well balanced.

My Overall Impression

I loved Aroma Tea House’s Anxi Tieguanyin. I found the flavour of this oolong to be really enjoyable, with a nice balance of flavours between the sweet, roasted, and woody notes. It resteeped really well, and made for an enjoyable tea drinking session. It was complex enough to hold my interest throughout each steep, and just had a well-balanced flavour profile that made me want to drink more. I think it could have done a few more steeps, since the sixth resteep that I did was still quite flavourful.

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BrewTime’s Oolong Tea

Oolong Tea by BrewTime
Oolong Tea / Straight
28 sachets

I received BrewTime’s Oolong Tea as a gift, I was unable to find information online on where to purchase or cost. Oolong Tea was purchased in Hong Kong.

First Impressions

Oolong Tea came to me in a simple card box with some information on it – mix of Chinese and English. There were steeping instructions, best before date, and information about the umbrella company (The Dairy Farm Company, in case anyone was interested). Inside of the box was a sealed plastic pouch holding the 28 tea bags.

All of the tea bags came individually wrapped, and each bag was pretty standard – nothing too exciting to comment on. The tea bags have a very mild earthy aroma to them, and when I ripped one open to take a look inside, I saw mostly tiny bits of tea leaves. These are not the tightly rolled large tea leaves that I’ve come to know and love when it comes to oolong (still, going to give it a try). There were no ingredients listed on the packaging, but from what I can tell there’s only oolong tea leaves in the tea bags.

Preparation

BrewTime recommends steeping Oolong Tea in boiling water (100°C/212°F) for 2-3 minutes. My initial steep of Oolong Tea was for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Oolong Tea steeps to be quite a dark reddish brown. The aroma is very earthy, it reminds me a bit of portobello mushrooms (which I love). It’s a bit musky, which I think some oolong lovers may find a little bit off-putting, I’m not sure how long ago the tea was packaged. I found it have a very full-bodied flavour, it was very strong and tastes the way that I expected it to from the aroma of the steeped tea. The overall flavour reminds me of some roasted oolongs that I’ve had before in the past.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Oolong Tea and found the flavour to just not be quite enough. I would say that Oolong Tea is good for just one steep, which really isn’t too surprising to me given the fact that the tea leaves are quite small in the tea bag.

My Overall Impression

I thought that BrewTime’s Oolong Tea was just okay. I love a good oolong, and I think this one does have some great flavours in it. A nice earthiness, but it lacks the quality that I’m really used to in an oolong. The leaves are very small pieces, and it just doesn’t resteep well because I think all the flavour got sapped out in the initial steep. I think it’s an okay oolong to take out with me or to steep at work (since I don’t work in an office setting, I really can’t have a teapot set up), but not something I’d use for long steeping sessions at home.

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Adagio Teas’ Peach Bellini

Peach Bellini by Adagio Teas
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$8.00USD for 3oz

First Impressions

Peach Bellini came to me via the same promotion that I mentioned when I reviewed Samurai Mate. It comes in resealable foil bag, with all the information about the tea listed on a little label. When I first opened the package, the majority of what I saw was the apple pieces, but I could smell the peach flavouring. I couldn’t really make out the other fruit ingredients when smelling it, but the peach was nice.

The ingredients of Peach Bellini are: apple pieces, orange peels, peach flavour, strawberries, rose petals, mango pieces, pineapple pieces, apricots, and papaya flavour.

Preparation

Adagio Teas recommends steeping Peach Bellini for 5 to 10 minutes in 212°F (100°C) water. My initial steep of Peach Bellini was for the full 10 minutes. I checked out my cup at the 5 minute mark, but the aroma didn’t seem quite there yet based on the dry leaf, so I left it to steep for the extra 5 minutes.

First Taste

Peach Bellini was really light in colour for me, despite having steeped it for the full 10 minutes from the recommended range of 5 to 10 minutes. The aroma was primarily that of peaches, but the taste of it was more like a mix of fruits – although I wouldn’t be able to tell you which ones. I did try it both hot and iced, and found the iced to be more preferable. Peach Bellini was quite a light iced tea in terms of flavour, and there was a touch of sweetness from the fruit ingredients. I wish I could find the mango, pineapple, or papaya flavours in this one, but they were quite lost.

A Second Cup?

I attempted to resteep Peach Bellini and found it was lacking in both aroma and flavour, I’d say that Peach Bellini is good for just one steep.

My Overall Impression

I thought that Adagio Tea’s Peach Bellini was just okay. The aroma of the dry leaf was amazing and really quite inviting. I think part of the issue is that the tea I got in my sampler just wasn’t well mixed. A lot of apple pieces, not a lot of the other ingredients. It made it difficult for me to find the other flavours to enjoy them. That said, Peach Bellini makes a lightly sweetened iced tea that’s quite enjoyable if you’re looking for an iced tea.

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