Aroma Tea House’s Formosa Oolong

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

First Impressions

I bought Formosa Oolong from Aroma Tea House’s booth at the Vancouver Tea Festival (I can’t remember which year, isn’t that terrible?!), and it came as part of a sampler of oolongs so I could try out four different types. Each cardboard tube had a snug-fitting lid, and the tea was poured into each one.

Formosa Oolong is one of their Taiwanese oolongs, and I was pretty happy to try it out. Formosa Oolong has these lovely green to brown leaves, the leaves all squished up together. The aroma from the dry leaf was that of a light fruity aroma with a mix of freshly cut grass, which I find quite inviting.

Preparation

As part of the sampler packaging, there were no steeping instructions on the cardboard tube. On the product page online, Aroma Tea House recommended steeping Formosa Oolong in a small teapot for 15 to 30 seconds, with no suggestions for water temperature. I used my Breville IQ Kettle‘s green tea temperature setting of 175°F (79°C) and steeped it for 30 seconds.

First Taste

Formosa Oolong steeps to what seems like an impossibly pale yellow when the leaves are only steeped for 30 seconds. The aroma from the tea is light sweetness, and fresh fruit – I get a mix of melon and plum. The tea is pleasantly smooth, no bitterness or astringency. I found the sweetness noted in the aroma of the tea carried over well into the flavour. It’s a smooth, creamy tea that certainly goes down easy.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Formosa Oolong seven times (eight steeps total!) and found that the flavours changed quite a bit as I steeped it. The fruity flavours intensified at first, and when that started to wane, there was some sweet floral notes that started to come out. It made for a great tasting adventure because the same leaves just produced such a wide range of flavour.

My Overall Impression

I loved Aroma Tea House’s Formosa Oolong. I really enjoyed how this oolong tasted – from the first steep to the eighth. The flavours were so complimentary to each other and made for a beautifully balanced flavour profile regardless of which steep I was on. This is definitely a tea that I would recommend having many, many cups of because the flavour of the tea just changes so well throughout each steep.

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Aroma Tea House’s Rose Petal Red Tea

Rose Petal Red Tea by Aroma Tea House
Black Tea / Flavoured
$10.00 for 100g

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First Impressions

First things first, “red tea” is what the Chinese call black tea, and “black tea” is what the rest of the world refers to as pu’erh (puerh/pu-erh) – just in case you though I lost my ever-tea-loving mind. That said, onto the review! I first tried Rose Petal Red Tea at Aroma Tea House’s 2017 Vancouver Tea Festival booth. It was one of the teas that they were sampling and I honestly just kept coming back around to their booth to taste this tea – it was that enticing and that good. I ended up buying it (obviously) and was happily given more samples of this tea.

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There’s no ingredients listing on either the packaging or the product page online, but from the appearance of the day I would say it’s pretty much Chinese black tea, red rosebuds and red rose petals. This tea is amazingly floral and sweet. I would describe this tea as smelling pretty, if pretty had a smell.

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Preparation

There was no recommended water temperature for this tea, so I opted to go with 100°C (212°F), but Aroma Tea House did suggest steeping it between 1½ to 3½ minutes. My initial steep of Rose Petal Red Tea was 2 minutes.

First Taste

Rose Petal Red Tea steeps to a beautiful golden orange, and has a very floral aroma that comes up from this tea. It smells mostly of roses and I can barely smell the black tea base. For the flavour of Rose Petal Red Petal – there’s the distinct sweet floral notes of roses, as well as a nice bold earthiness from the black tea base. Some of the sweetness tastes like roses, and part of it tastes like honey. The earthy notes from the black tea base help to accentuate the flavour of the roses and keeps it from being a very ‘one note’ tea.

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A Second Cup?

I resteeped Rose Petal Red Tea a total of four times, adding an extra 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. The flavour gets a bit stronger, and starts to wane by the third and fourth resteep – I found the flavours to still be pretty good and I would say it probably needs a bit of honey for maybe the third or fourth resteeps if you like it to be a bit sweeter (otherwise, it doesn’t really need sweetener because of the floral sweetness that naturally comes from the rose petals).

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My Overall Impression

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I loved Aroma Tea House’s Rose Petal Red Tea. It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that I love this tea, since I tried it so many times at the Vancouver Tea Festival. This black tea blend tastes delicious, I found it flavourful and resteeped well. I think it would be the perfect tea to partner with an afternoon tea – black teas tend to be the norm and this tea just feels pretty to me, and who doesn’t want to feel pretty when having afternoon tea?

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Aroma Tea House’s Jasmine Pearls

Jasmine Pearls by Aroma Tea House
Green Tea / Straight
$16.00 for 100g

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First Impressions

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This was a tea that I picked up from Aroma Tea House’s vendor table at the 2017 Vancouver Tea Festival. Jasmine Pearls came to me in a resealable bag with a little window to see the tea leaves. The tea leaves are tightly wound into tiny pearls, and they’re quite fragrant. These green tea pearls have a beautiful floral aroma, the tea pearls have a sweet floral aroma that is inviting.

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Preparation

There were no tea preparation notes on the packaging, or on the Aroma Tea House’s product page. I did the initial steep at 175°F (80°C) for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Jasmine Pearls steeps to a very pale yellow after the first two minutes of steeping time. I found the flavour to be very mild and noted that the pearls to be only partially opened. There’s a mild earthiness that I noted with the tea, and the tea has a very smooth texture to it. I enjoyed having the first steep.

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A Second Cup?

I resteeped the Jasmine Pearls a total of four times. With the first two resteeped, the leaves opened up a bit more each time. I found that the colour got darker, and the flavour got more pronounced. I kept the steeps short (adding an additional 30 seconds with each steep), and found that there was zero bitterness or astringency with this green tea.

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My Overall Impression

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I loved Aroma Tea House’s Jasmine Pearls. The pearls are beautiful to watch unfurl, and I really enjoyed the jasmine fragrance from the dry tea leaves and the steeped tea. The tea steeps well at the temperature and length of time I picked, and found the lack of bitterness or astringency to make the tea quite enjoyable. I think it’d be a nice tea with sweets because of the light floral sweetness in the tea.

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