Golden Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
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Floral, Peach
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  • “Finally, there’s real tea to be found in grocery stores! I almost never reach for bottled teas because I find the majority of them too sweet and weird tasting. The one exception however are the...” Read full tasting note
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Trader Joe’s Golden Oolong Tea boasts a bright, golden flavor profile to match its bright, golden color—and its pleasantly floral finish leaves an almost sweet, slightly toasty taste on the tongue. Stronger than most green tea but more mild than black tea, oolong is known for being exceptionally drinkable.

Part of its drinkability stems from how it’s processed: oolong tea is made from tea leaves that have only been partially oxidized (exposed to oxygen) during processing, whereas black tea is made from leaves that have been left to fully oxidize. The result is so smooth that it shouldn’t take you too oolong to down the whole bottle…

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Finally, there’s real tea to be found in grocery stores! I almost never reach for bottled teas because I find the majority of them too sweet and weird tasting. The one exception however are the unsweetened bottled teas sold at Asian grocery stores. I am partial to Ito-En’s Golden Oolong so I was excited to spot this at Trader Joe’s which looks suspiciously similar to Ito-En.

This tea is very clean tasting and refreshing. It has a full yet delicate peach flavor balanced with a slight bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and silky. There’s definitely some flavor differences between this and the Ito-En Golden Oolong. I remember the latter being stronger with sandalwood tones and spice. The Ito-En bottle notes that it’s made from Tieguanyin and Huan jin guei . However this one doesn’t say what variety of oolong is used leaving one to speculate. My guess is it’s a dan cong due to the peachiness and light body. Those who enjoy darker teas may prefer the Ito-En. But as a green oolong aficionado, I liked the Trader Joe’s variety better.

This bottled tea really exceeded my expectations. At $1.19 a pop, it’s a good value and about a $1 cheaper than Asian grocery stores. I hope Trader Joe’s keeps this around as it’s a great on the go option and hopefully will help introduce the masses to quality tea.

Flavors: Floral, Peach

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