Cranberry Chestnut Singbulli Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Calendula Petals, Cranberries, Oolong Tea, Organic Natural Flavors (Vegan)
Flavors
Cacao, Fruity, Mineral, Butter, Chestnut, Cranberry, Malt, Muscatel, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy, Tart
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Organic, Vegan
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Average preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 12 oz / 355 ml

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  • “I mostly just taste oolong, which isn’t my preferred tea base. After refrigerating this, more fruit flavor comes out, and I like it a little more. I’m not sure it’s distinctly cranberry, but it’s...” Read full tasting note
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  • “2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 3 From Emilie! Interestingly enough, the first thing I noticed when I opened the pouch is that it smells like cacao shells. But I don’t think there’s any chocolate in...” Read full tasting note
  • “(52teas (Anne) 2022: 7) I’m not sure what I think about this one. I could taste the cranberry flavouring, which is similar or the same to that used by AQTT, and which doesn’t actually taste like...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Twelve Days of Tea 2021 – Day Five (better late than never) This one is lovely! I’m almost not annoyed that there’s no green oolong this year (plus my French advents more than made up for that.....” Read full tasting note
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From 52teas

This blend starts with a Singbulli Oolong. Those of you who are a little more knowledgeable about tea gardens may recognize that Singbulli is the name of a tea garden in the Darjeeling region of West Bengal, India. In other words, a Darjeeling tea estate. There are some tea drinkers that may argue that a Darjeeling is not an Oolong – or vice versa. As for me, when I first tried this Singbulli “Darjeeling Oolong” – it was love at first sip.

So whether you consider this to be an Oolong or just a very fine Darjeeling, hey, that’s cool with me. I love this tea & I’m happy to be sipping it – so whatever you choose to call it, I’m OK with that.

When I drink it without flavoring or other additions, it has a taste that is crisp, sweet & fruity with a lovely nutty undertone. A really pleasant sip. This tea went through several taste tests before I even started to blend it, with me trying to determine the best flavor profiles to add to it. I tasted the nutty tones & I knew that a nutty flavoring would bring those lovely notes forward. The crisp, fruity notes would benefit greatly from a fruit addition, but not a heavily or overly sweet fruit. So, from those various tests, I decided that this should be either a cranberry tea … or a chestnut tea – but which?

Finally I thought – why not both?

So here it is: a blend of cranberry & chestnut flavors, featuring the exquisite Singbulli Oolong tea blended with lots of freeze-dried cranberries & chestnut essence (don’t worry, it’s nut free!). The tea is tart & tangy from the cranberries, sweet & slightly buttery from the chestnuts . . . & crisp & refreshing from the Oolong base! It’s a delightful sip! It’s also organic, vegan, gluten-free, allergen-free & all natural!

organic ingredients: oolong tea, cranberries, calendula petals & natural flavors

to brew: shake the blend gently to make sure the crushed cranberry pieces are distributed throughout the leaf. measure 2 ½ grams of leaf to 12oz of very hot water (180°) & steep for 3 ½ minutes. strain. allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.

This blend absolutely benefits from the 5 minute cool time, so I highly recommend waiting for it – your patience will be rewarded. I didn’t add any sweetener to most of my taste tests & enjoyed it a lot that way. With one of my taste tests, I did add a little bit of raw sugar (less than ½ a teaspoon) & I found that this addition brought out more of the sweeter chestnut notes.

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I mostly just taste oolong, which isn’t my preferred tea base. After refrigerating this, more fruit flavor comes out, and I like it a little more. I’m not sure it’s distinctly cranberry, but it’s close enough. I don’t really taste any chestnut. I prefer fruity teas on an herbal or green base, so this one isn’t really for me, but it’s not bad. If you go in expecting an oolong with some subtle fruitiness, you won’t be too disappointed.

52Teas

I cold brewed some of this last night and am sipping it now. I don’t generally cold brew oolong, but this one turned our pretty good.

AJRimmer

Oh good to know! I have enough left to give that a try!

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2022 Spring Tea Swap – Day 3
From Emilie!

Interestingly enough, the first thing I noticed when I opened the pouch is that it smells like cacao shells. But I don’t think there’s any chocolate in this blend. I don’t taste any chocolate in the finished cup either so that’s strange. Not sure where that came from. The tea is light in color and flavor but definitely on the fruity side. I’m not sure I would have guessed cranberry though and I don’t taste any of the chestnuttiness. To be fair though, I’ve never had an actual chestnut so I couldn’t say what it even tastes like. Aside from being nutty. I wouldn’t have guessed oolong either, but the description mentioned Darjeeling so maybe it’s leaning more toward a Darjeeling black for me.

Flavors: Cacao, Fruity, Mineral

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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(52teas (Anne) 2022: 7)

I’m not sure what I think about this one. I could taste the cranberry flavouring, which is similar or the same to that used by AQTT, and which doesn’t actually taste like cranberry to me at all (haha), but I wanted more chestnut, and I think I wanted more of an oolong base instead of the black/darjeeling. More thoughts to come later though; I drank this long enough ago to be foggy on the details.

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Twelve Days of Tea 2021 – Day Five (better late than never)

This one is lovely! I’m almost not annoyed that there’s no green oolong this year (plus my French advents more than made up for that.. although the offerings were generally less impressive than the ones Anne tends to create). I also kind of regret not picking up more of this in the store because it’s so unique (completely sold out), but Darjeeling teas, of all oxidization levels and styles, are something I prefer in small, sparse amounts.

Tart cranberry notes and buttery chestnut give me the impression of a luxurious, festive variation on a PB&J. The choice of a Darjeeling Oolong as a base is so perfect and well-crafted here – offering complex but complimentary base notes. I can’t think of a better combo.

I’m sad to see this one go and hope it pops up again in future advents or as a featured wintertime reblend.

Steep Count: 3

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Cranberry, Fruity, Malt, Muscatel, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’m going to need to try this one again, as I’m having a hard time remembering specific flavors. But, I remember it being sweet and fruity, and slightly nutty. Really tasty and festive.

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52Teas 12 Teas of Christmas: Day 5!

I’m a day late reviewing this one and thus don’t have all the sensory details top of mind. I quite enjoyed it, though—it’s a refreshing departure from generic warming holiday spice blends, yet the cranberry keeps it seasonally appropriate. I wanted a bit more tartness from the cranberries, but maybe I just didn’t get enough of them in my scoop.

The base was light and fruity and exceedingly drinkable… quite cozy overall!

Flavors: Cranberry, Fruity, Smooth

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52Teas 12 Teas of Christmas Advent: Day 5
I need to try this one again but I remember getting at least two nice steeps out of it. The oolong base was pleasant but I don’t remember tasting cranberry at all. I remember finding it nice but missing that cranberry flavor. Definitely need to re-try this and review it again after the holidays.

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It’s the 5th Tea of Christmas! After my supplier gave me a sample of the Singbulli Oolong, I knew I had to have some of it. I know that there’s some debate on whether or not a “Darjeeling” can be an “Oolong” and/or vice versa. I personally do not care if you choose to call this an Oolong or a Darjeeling (or both). But my supplier calls it a Singbulli Oolong so I’m going with that.

And whatever you choose to call it – it’s delicious.

The flavor of the tea – without any flavoring – it’s crisp, lightly sweet & fruity (similar to a Darjeeling) with a slightly thick & creamy texture (similar to an Oolong) so my first two thoughts when it came to blending the tea was that a fruit note would be nice – as would be a creamy flavor (possibly a nutty flavor) – so I brought both of these ideas together with this blend.

The cranberries are tart & tangy – but that tart edge is softened from the chestnut notes. I love the creaminess of this tea, as well as the light, fruity notes. It’s really a lovely combination of flavors – I wasn’t sure exactly how it would turn out when I first blended it but I absolutely loved it at first sip – I didn’t even need to tweak this or anything else – it was perfect right after it’s first cure.

I only wish I had ordered more of the tea at the time – because there are extremely limited quantities of this blend! I suspect this one will go quickly.

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Adventaggedon Day 17: Tea 6/8

Okay, this was fun and exciting!

I tend to really reliably love 52Tea’s cranberry teas so I was already on board, but I think the idea of combing that bright and jammy cranberry note with something a bit deeper and more nutty/toasty like chestnut is brilliant because it just felt festive through and through and the combination was so dynamic and playful on the palate. I felt like I was experiencing such a wonderful array of sweetness, tartness, umami, bitterness like the drier skin/outside of a nut, and even an almost creaminess as well.

I really, really think I’m going to have to sit with my next mug of this very contemplatively because there’s an elegance and sophistication to this combination alongside just a fun quality that is deserving of a lot more time and attention than what I had this afternoon.

I’m very excited and interested to read Anne’s tasting note/description of this tea!

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