Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Ginger Oolong

Tea: Ginger Oolong - 8814
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $5.50 / 50g.
Source: Fujian, China
Vendor Description: Oolong tea from Fujian Province, China is blended with plentiful amounts of dried ginger which has a body-warming effect. Pink pepper is added as an accent flavor. Add sugar to suit taste.

Leaf: The leaf for this tea was quite colorful. It had a mix of small pieces of ginger and small red berries mixed in with the oolong leaf. There is a very strong ginger aroma to the dry leaf as well.

1st Infusion: The tea had a surprisingly murky appearance to it on the first infusion. Like the dry leaf the tea also had a very strong ginger aroma, although the aroma was not quite like that of fresh ginger. It was more akin to a dried ginger aroma. The tea had a very sweet front end followed by a strong bitterness. The sweetness was characteristic of an oolong, while the bitterness felt very much like ginger. I can definitely taste the ginger in this tea. The tea had no astringency to it and no bitterness due to the tea, the only bitterness seemed to be contributed by the ginger. The flavor was actually quite light, to the point where the ginger was stronger than the flavor of the tea itself.

Rating: 3/10

Conclusion: This tea really felt like I was drinking a ginger infusion with a small hint of tea. The ginger was a bit too overpowering in my opinion. I would have enjoyed a bit more tea flavor to balance out the ginger. If you're looking to sup on a cup of ginger this tea would be perfect for you.

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