Monday, January 19, 2009


Tea: Takibi - 5539
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price : $7.00 / 50g
Vendor Description: Chinese oolong tea flavored with tropical fruit. Enjoy the aroma and sweet aftertaste.

Leaf: The leaf takes the form of large leaves in oddly twisted shapes. It is a rather normal appearance for an oolong though. There are also yellow blossoms mixed in with the oolong leaf. It has a very sweet and fruity aroma to it. The aroma almost reminds me of bubble gum.

1st Infusion Parameters: 3g, 5 oz, 208F, 2 min

1st Infusion: The tea has a clear brown color to it. There is a very noticeable and enjoyable sweet fruity aroma to it. The tea itaself has a very fruity flavor mixed with the flavor of a heavily roasted oolong. The flavor keeps reminding me of bubble gum. The flavor however is veyr short lived and light. For it's short life though it is a very smooth flavor.

2nd Infusion: This infusion was lighter in color, and the fruity aroma had waned as well. The flavor however was fruiter, but it also had less of the oolong flavor of the first infusion. It was a longer lasting flavor with no bitterness or astringency. It still managed to retain it's smoothness though.

Rating: 6/10

Conclusion: This tea was enjoyable, but there was not enough presence from the tea itself. The flavoring was not overpowering as it is with some flavored teas, but it feels like the tea was still not pulling its weight. The second infusion was especially weak on the tea flavoring, which should be more dominant in a tea such as this.

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