Tea of the Week for August 21, 2017: PMS Oolong!
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Tea Description: Before anyone gets any ideas that this is some kind of tea remedy for that special time of month - no - although as one who occasionally suffers from some horrific PMS symptoms, I would love to find something that actually worked for that.
This tea isn't about that.
Instead, this is an Anxi Hairy Crab Mao Xie Fujian Oolong blended with Pineapple, Mango and Strawberry. Get it? Yeah - so maybe it's not the cleverest of names but hopefully it will get a chuckle out of some of you.
In case you're unfamiliar with a "Hairy Crab" Oolong, it's a 'green' floral Oolong - it's very smooth and sweet with a thick mouthfeel. When I first sampled this particular tea, I immediately thought that it would be nice blended with fruit. (It's also quite nice on it's own - unflavored - but that's not the kind of teas 52Teas offers.)
But as a blend - this is really tasty. I recognize the pineapple first and the mango comes in just after that. The strawberry hits about mid-sip. The smooth, sweet floral notes of the Oolong play well with the fruit flavors and seem to emphasize the 'tropical' kind of theme that's going on with these particular fruits. You know, kind of like - maybe you just stepped off the plane and they put a flower lei around your neck and offered you an island fruit drink. A tropical getaway for your tastebuds!
ingredients: oolong tea
organic ingredients: pineapple, mango, strawberry and natural flavors
OK, so one day, I was playing around with tea names - like playing around with abbreviation type of tea names and one of the first ones that came to mind was PMS because . . . having suffered from it, I thought the least I could do is come up with a fun tea so that when I think of PMS I can think of something other than PMS. Why not instead think of a yummy, tropical blend of Pineapple, Mango and Strawberry? That's much nicer than the other thought that goes with the abbreviation.
My immediate thought was to blend this as a green tea - but I did a tropical green tea last month so I decided - hey, why not Oolong? I knew I had just recently acquired a beautifully floral Hairy Crab Oolong that I felt would pair nicely with these fruit flavors. It was my hope that the floral notes would enhance the 'tropical' quality of this tea - and they do!
It's a very smooth Oolong with a thick, creamy texture. The pineapple comes through prominently, with the notes of strawberry and mango weaving their way in and out throughout the sip. The floral notes play nicely with the fruit notes. It's a very nice cuppa, indeed. It tastes fantastic iced - and as someone who usually doesn't like their Oolong iced, that's saying something! It also tastes awesome hot - you'll get more of the Oolong flavors playing on your palate if you drink it hot and the fruit notes emerge more if you allow it to cool to an iced tea temp.
Really nice - a perfect summertime treat!
to brew: Use 1 teaspoon of tea (with as little fruit in it as possible, you can add more of the fruit to the teapot after you've measured the teaspoon of leaf!) to 12 ounces of hot water (heated to 180°F) and allow to steep for 3 - 4 minutes. (I recommend starting with 3 minutes). Strain and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Enjoy!
This tea has a lot of natural sweetness to it, so adding sugar or other sweetener isn't necessary - but if you're one who prefers sweetener in your tea, that's OK. I would recommend tasting it before you add sweetener though, to make sure you don't make it too sweet.