Happy National Pizza Day!
I’ve been working through what has been left of my little samplers from this company, and this was a milk oolong with some additions (including pineapple) so I saved it for today. I often get “buttery vegetable” notes from milk oolong, particularly spinach (one of my favorite pizza toppings), and the pineapple chunks in the blend are reminescent of another of my favorite toppings (yes, I’m one of those people).
A get a strong buttery milk oolong aroma from both the dried and steeped tea, as well as a fruity aroma from the steeped tea that wasn’t present for me in the dry leaf. It’s giving me a tropical vibe, but I don’t think I could place a specific aroma. Now that the tea has cooled enough to sip from my work thermos, I’m really digging the flavor! A warm and buttery milk oolong base, with a distinct pineapple flavor on the sip, which has just the slightest bit of tanginess to it from this citrusy undertone from the dried persimmon. There is a bit of a citrus zest aftertaste. Also a subtle but indistinct florality. It’s really enjoyable! Warm silky, buttery texture, fruity pineapple, and tangy citrus… doesn’t sound like it should work but it oddly comes together nicely.
This may be a minor thing, but I don’t like that the Piper & Leaf website claims this tea “includes dairy” because the leaf is “steamed with milk”… does this myth really have to continue to be circulated? (I mean, sure, from the flavor this is probably a flavored milk oolong, but my understanding is those flavorings still don’t include dairy? This “warning” seems entirely incorrect and unnecessary and would serve as nothing more than to drive Vegans away from a very nice tea…)
Flavors: Butter, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Pineapple, Tangy, Thick