Gingerly Pineapple Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Butter, Citrus, Floral, Ginger, Pineapple
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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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Tea of the Week for June 15, 2020!

The blend: a buttery, sweet, creamy TieGuanYin Oolong blended with beautifully sweet-tart pineapple and zesty ginger. Nothing overly complicated & yet, this tea is so delightfully complex!

The TieGuanYin has a smooth silkiness to it. It’s floral – however, the ginger softens the floral tones just a bit with it’s peppery character. I went “gingerly” on the ginger, to not overwhelm the cup with the heat of the ginger – so there’s just enough spice to this to keep the flavors interesting. The pineapple tastes juicy & sweet with just the right amount of tangy flavor to keep things bright & lively. A really nice balance of flavors and textures.

This blend is organic, VEGAN, gluten-free & allergen-free!

Taster size is approximately 12g

organic ingredients: oolong tea, pineapple, ginger & natural flavors

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As I sit here, sipping on this tea, I’m happy. I’m beyond happy – really – with how wonderful this blend came out. I’m always just a little bit – concerned – about how a TieGuanYin will come out because of the natural floral notes that are part of the TieGuanYin profile. I love those floral notes, but when you pair them with other flavors, I worry that either the other flavors will not meld well with the floral notes. It usually happens that the floral notes are too overwhelming that the other flavors have a difficult time shining through – or sometimes, it happens that the flavors dampen the floral notes so much that they’re nearly indistinguishable.

With this blend, neither of those things are happening. I get that floral tone. But I also taste both the ginger and the pineapple & each flavor in this cup is enhanced by the presence of the other flavors. The pineapple tastes better with the ginger. The ginger is not overwhelming the palate with its characteristic heat. The floral notes are softened by the ginger, but not overpowered by it. That softened floral note allows the pineapple to taste so fresh & lively.

A truly wonderful cuppa!

to brew: give the blend a good shake before you measure to make sure the fruit & spice are well-incorporated with the tea leaf pellets. use 2 1/2 grams of leaf to 12 ounces of very hot water (175°F) and allow to steep for 3 1/2 – 4 minutes. strain & enjoy.

Remember to resteep these leaves. To resteep, use the same amount/temperature of water but add 30 seconds of steep time to the second infusion (in other words, steep for 4 – 4 1/2 minutes). With each subsequent resteep, add an additional 30 seconds of steep time.

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10112 tasting notes

This is a throwback for all the long time Steepster users, but the cup I just steeped of this tea is giving me MAJOR “Flowery Pineapple Oolong” vibes in the best way. Really similar sticky, slightly overripe pineapple notes (the kind with juice that runs down your chin) and floral green oolong flavours – but just a little bit softer. It’s smooth, summery and also relaxing and calm. I don’t really taste the ginger in here, but I’m also not minding its absence while I revel in this pineapple profile.

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654 tasting notes

I was so excited to see this blend in this month’s box. I absolutely love pineapple and ginger, and to see them combined on an oolong base was really exciting. The pineapple scent is bright and lovely. I love having freeze-dried pieces, rather than just flavoring. Steeped, the ginger comes across as quite savory rather than just spicy, but I quite liked it! I think this would do well sweetened and iced.

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June 2020 Blend

Wooo! My box finally arrived! I potentially received too many tea parcels lately but opening them up never gets old.

This Tieguanyin is coming across as pretty silky and buttery with some florals (maybe a musky sweet violet). The ginger is more of a complimentary savoury-sweet component to the citrusy pineapple at first, adding some extra ginger zest to the finishing note (Edit: most zingy on my second steep).

My brain may be faulty after such a long period of time, but this is a pretty close approximation of Butiki’s Flowery Pineapple, the main difference being that this uses Tieguanyin and adds ginger while Butiki used a Wen Shan Bao Zhong (for the life of me I cannot recall what that base specifically tasted like besides “green oolong” and that I always seemed to oversteep it). Another easy comparison is 52Tea’s Banana Oolong – if you liked that you’ll probably like this too.

Steep Count: 2

Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Floral, Ginger, Pineapple

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
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Jealous! Hoping mine gets here soon.

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