Excellent news everyone, I got a new pillow. Ok, really I cant think of much to say today, nothing exciting happened and I have been lazy, so I shall cut to the chase and talk about tea.
Today we are taking a look at another offering from Liquid Proust Teas, Oolberry, a lightly berry flavored Oolong. The Oolong looks like some sort of bizarre alien creature, all tentacles and green, or at least it does if you squint, these stems are really entertaining. Their coloring adds an interesting contrast to the nuclear green color of the Oolong leaves, it is a visual treat! Sniffing the leaves, the aroma is primarily the Oolong with notes of buttery sweetness, orchids, honeysuckle nectar, and a touch of hyacinth, but along side the very heady floral notes is a hint of raspberries and blueberries. The berry note is ghostlike and distant, and if I didn’t know this was a flavored Oolong I would think my nose is playing tricks on me.
I could not decide how I wanted to brew this tea, so I flipped a coin, very professional! Heads meant in my steeping apparatus and it was heads it landed on, so into the apparatus the leaves went for a nice western style steeping. The leaves unfurled quite prettily in the water, it was great fun to watch. The aroma of the leaves is creamy and sweet, notes of orchid, honeysuckle, and hyacinth dominate with undertones of spinach and butter, at the finish there is a tiny hint of berries. The liquid smells like a blend of hyacinths, orchids, spinach, and raspberries. It is quite sweet and heady.
Time to taste the pretty golden liquid, the mouthfeel is smooth and the taste is pleasantly mellow. It starts with heady orchid and hyacinth, this floral burst moves to buttery green notes of bok choy and spinach, with a touch of cooked celery and chestnuts. The finish has a nice little burst of raspberries and blueberries, like a very distant note, tasting more in the nose than the mouth, and it lingers a bit into the aftertaste. This is definitely a very light flavoring, usually when I see blends listed as ‘light’ it is usually not very true, this time it is, the base tea shines and the berry notes are very faint, almost like drinking an Oolong after eating berries and relying on the aftertaste to add to the tea. I had another steep and did not notice much change, the berry taste was lighter and the base tea was a touch greener, it was a refreshing tea and I find myself tempted to cold steep it!
Blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2016/01/liquid-proust-teas-oolberry-tea-review.html