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Oolong Tea
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  • “I think this is my first Hawaiian oolong, which is pretty cool! I drank this one Gong Fu though I do have a sneaking suspicion that it would probably come out better in a Western mug – but I wanted...” Read full tasting note
  • “Shocked/horrified that I haven’t yet reviewed this. It’s a (very expensive) tea I picked up on my honeymoon – I just couldn’t resist a Hawaiian-grown oolong tea. I’m having a hard time describing...” Read full tasting note
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From Onomea Tea Company

This is a sweet and fragrant semi_oxidized tea processed from selected Onomea hybrid plants on 04/08/2017. With complex floral, creamy and spicy notes this tea captures a floral honeysuckle aroma that pairs well with the liquor flavor. No flavorings or aromatics are added, this is pure whole leaf camellia sinensis. Naturally grown and processed at Onomea Tea Company. This is a very refreshing tea served cool. All of our teas are Certified Organic. Very limited quantity available.

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I think this is my first Hawaiian oolong, which is pretty cool!

I drank this one Gong Fu though I do have a sneaking suspicion that it would probably come out better in a Western mug – but I wanted something Gong Fu and I thought this would be a cool experiment/trial just to see what it could be like. I’ll be honest, I’ve not ever really been WOWED by a Hawaiian grown tea: they’re almost more appealing just as a novelty type of tea – this tea wasn’t an exception to that. However, tea growing in Hawaii is still very new and experimental, and I think that given time there’s real, genuine potential for Hawaiian grown tea to become something very cool and tasty!

My experience with this particular oolong was that, as absolutely STUNNING and beautiful the dry and steeping leaf was, the taste was a little bit flat/dull and lifeless. It was fairly green tasting and grassy/lawn clipping-ish with floral body notes and undertones that reminded me a bit of lily. I didn’t really experience and evaluation of flavour throughout this session, and even the two main notes that were present (the grassy quality and floral note) lacked the clarity and sweetness that would have made them more appealing qualities. The cup just tasted kind of muddled and unstructured. The finish was also a little bit astringent, which could have been an interesting contrast if the main notes were sweeter/more lively, but given the general flatness of the cup the astringency served more as a negative reinforcement of those traits.

I think the saving grace was actually that I was munching on slices of dragon fruit throughout the session and dragon fruit is so delicate and lightly flavoured with a soft, overall sweetness so it was almost like it was “injecting” sweetness into the session.

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Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DAtbtsclLI&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=9&t=0s

So far I think Hawaiian grown black tea has been my favourite type of Hawaiian grown tea…

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Shocked/horrified that I haven’t yet reviewed this. It’s a (very expensive) tea I picked up on my honeymoon – I just couldn’t resist a Hawaiian-grown oolong tea. I’m having a hard time describing it, but it’s quite good – the leaves are impossibly long and unbroken (I’m not kidding – they are like 2" long and very thin/wirey). It’s definitely a less-oxidized oolong, perhaps similar-ish to pouchong, but it’s not quite so vegetal. It’s really kind of in the middle, with a lovely sweetness and oolong finish. Worth the sample (I probably paid $1/gram or more, yikes!)

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