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oolong – The Year of Tea

Category: oolong

Episode 017: Gavati

Here’s another older blend from Handmade Tea — Gavati. This is their first oolong blend, and it’s a real winner.

Light, melony oolong is blended with black tea and lemongrass. I thought at first these flavors would clash, but the proportion here makes for a really well-balanced cup of tea suitable for daily brewing hot or iced. If Handmade Tea decides to bring back any past blends, this should be at the top of their list. Delicious!

Episode 018: Toasted Nut Brulee

Teavana’s tea blends can be really hit or miss. This toasted nut brulee blend is a mix of oolong and rooibos along with a kitchen sink of other ingredients like coconut, ginger, and pineapple.

The resulting brew is nutty and spicy and oddly creamy. All the flavors really don’t come together in a very good way, but it’s more palatable iced than hot. If you’re allergic to nuts, you definitely should stay away from this.

Purchase Teavana’s Toasted Nut Brulee

Episode 046: Mi Lan Xiang

Mi lan xiang is a tea that’s known by many names — honey orchid, plum blossom fragrance, honey orchid fragrance, snow orchid, etc. This is a special oolong variant known as phoenix, which originates from the Guangdong Province of China.

The flavor of mi lan xiang is really something unique. You’d think it were a flavored tea, but that’s just the special sweet yet intense flavor that comes from this particular variant. Brewing is a bit more finicky than most oolongs, but you will be well-rewarded for your efforts. This is truly a special occasion kind of tea.

Purchase Red Blossom Tea Company’s Mi Lan Xiang