Review — Oolong Orange Blossom from The English Tea Store

Oolong Orange Blossom Estate Tea
Oolong Orange Blossom Estate Tea

Name: Oolong Orange Blossom

Brand: The English Tea Store

Type: Oolong, flavored

Form: Loose leaf

Review: Some teas are at their tastiest when consumed during cold weather, while others taste better on balmy days. I am happy to report, however, that Oolong Orange Blossom from The English Tea Store is an all-weather tea.

A tea for all seasons, if you will.

It’s base is a dark oolong and it’s been blended with orange  and flower essences. The result is a tasty, deeply flavored tea that can be quite comforting on a cold night, but then can be prepared as incredibly refreshing iced tea.

Very versatile indeed.

The scent of the dry leaf can be a bit deceiving: It is redolent of orange oil, which may lead you to suspect that this will be a super-citrusy tea. However, once the tea infuses to a medium bodied, red-orange liquor, the intense orange nose dissipates a bit and gives way to some floral notes. The orange flavor takes even more of a backseat on the palate, as the tea shows itself to be balanced between the “toasty” flavors of the dark oolong, floral notes, with a bit of citrus. This tea is naturally sweet, no honey or sugar needed, making it a good choice for conquering sweet cravings.

Good stuff and highly recommended.

Serving Tips: This can go with food but is also tasty on its own. Try serving it with breakfast instead of orange juice!

Brewing Tips: Don’t kill the sweetness of this tea or its floral notes, with too-hot water or over-steeping. Try bringing the temperature down to about 190F, and then steeping the tea for about 2 minutes. Definitely try this tea on ice: Dark oolongs make really delicious iced tea to begin with, and the nice balance of floral and citrus flavors make for a very refreshing drink.

More great tea info on Lainie’s blog, Lainie Sips!

© Online Stores, Inc., and The English Tea Store Blog, 2009-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this article’s author and/or the blog’s owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Online Stores, Inc., and The English Tea Store Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s