I think this is the last flavored oolong sample I have from Todd & Holland, but I’ve been wrong about such things before. Not only do my teas become fruitful and multiply while I’m sleeping, apparently, they are also pretty good at hiding.
I had a Lupicia green tea with yuzu not too long ago, so I can’t say I haven’t had yuzu before. But I know I haven’t had yuzu oolong.
Before I read the packet and discovered that this contained yuzu, I thought it was grapefruit. That’s what I smelled when I tore open the packet. The oolong is rolled, and green looking.
I put this one through its paces (progressively longer steeps in gaiwan starting at 15 seconds at 195F), though I’ve concluded that for all the flavored oolongs I’ve tried so far, once is enough. They’re enjoyed just as well to my palate Western style.
The tea steeps pale yellow and clear, and smells more like lime than grapefruit after steeping. It also has a floral undertone.
The tea is sweeter than the green yuzu of the other day, which makes it more appealing to me. It has a smooth, almost heavy mouthfeel. Still without a baseline of actual yuzu, I’m tasting primarily lime, but with a grapefruit note as well, through all the steeps.
I like this better than the Lupicia green yuzu. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that what makes me like it better is that it captures the actual yuzu fruit less accurately than the Lupicia. But then, I’m not in a position to know what I don’t know.
Flavors: Floral, Grapefruit, Lime