Oolong Fresh

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Spearmint, Smooth, Sweet, Mint
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Average preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “This tea is the first – and so far, the only – Oolong tea that I have tried apart from some of the cheap and nasty brands they sell in some of the Chinese supermarkets around town. And in a few...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Historically, I have not personally been the biggest fan of T2. There are just other brands whose teas I enjoy more. But it’s still a loss to see yet another tea shop have to shrink operations....” Read full tasting note
  • “More fun with milk tea! I thought this one would be interesting to try. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the oolong base when I made Melon Oolong with milk, and mint seemed like it would be...” Read full tasting note
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Sharp and clean, this oolong – menthol medusa mix is downright cleansing. Spearmint in all its verdant glory is centre-stage and showing off. Modulated with the nutty, fruity characteristics of oolong, this tea is to be savoured for its brisk and invigorating minty zing.

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This tea is the first – and so far, the only – Oolong tea that I have tried apart from some of the cheap and nasty brands they sell in some of the Chinese supermarkets around town. And in a few short months, this has become one of my absolute favourites although I haven’t got round to adding my tasting notes.

After rolling up my sleeves to clean and re-organise my tea cupboard thanks to an infestation of pantry moths – goodbye fruit teas! – I was looking forward to settling down with this. I strangely find this both revitalising for an afternoon pick me-up as well as soothing for a nightcap. As I only have the one teapot, I tend to have this tea once every couple of weeks, and then continually re-infuse before moving on to a different tea. So far, provided the tea is never scalded or over-infused at any point, I have managed to get up to five infusions.

The leaves are whole, medium sized (I’m guessing ‘souchong’) and rolled into fairly loose but even sized balls. I’m not sure which region the tea is from and I wouldn’t even be able to guess. After infusing, the tea can probably be descriped as olive-green with a distinct mint fragrance. There is a slight nuttiness and sweetness that contrasts nicely with the earthiness of the mint. The mint isn’t overly strong and the flavour seems to be more of the mint leaf rather than the more intense top-note menthol flavour of oil/flavouring. Even after a couple of infusions, the mint is still present but the tea does become sweeter and the nuttiness more intense.

I must remember to add notes for the various infusions.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Historically, I have not personally been the biggest fan of T2. There are just other brands whose teas I enjoy more. But it’s still a loss to see yet another tea shop have to shrink operations. Roswell articulated this beautifully, so I’ll just add that places like T2 have an important role. It’s where a close friend discovered rice oolong and sticky chai, which probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise because she’s not a tea nerd. With DavidsTea having shuttered most of its physical stores and Teavana long gone, there just aren’t a lot of intro-level, friendly, physical shops for people to discover tea in. I love my local and specialty shops, but I also recognize that they can sometimes be intimidating for beginners, or people can just walk right by thinking that these shops aren’t for them. And not every place has a local specialty shop. The shiny, welcoming mall store served an important role in introducing non-tea people to tea, and now fewer people are going to have that experience. I’m not an economist but it’s hard to imagine that there won’t be a knock-on effect for the industry from these collective closures. (Admittedly, I could just be a dinosaur who doesn’t understand the internet economy because I bought my first loose leaf at a Teavana store, but to my mind there’s something physical about that first tea discovery that doesn’t translate to a screen).

So, with all that said! Yes of course I made a big purchase from T2’s closing sale! This was the only oolong I got; the oolong selection was slim. The last mint oolong I had was Butiki’s, which was of course sublime. Let’s stipulate up front that Stacy’s was better. This one has its merits as a migraine tea, which is what I made it for. It’s a very light oolong mixed with a very strong spearmint. The aroma of the spearmint is actually so strong that it made my partner a little nauseous even though he likes spearmint just fine. He literally had to leave the room, which only sort of helped because the smell wafted through the whole place. It just smells like mint gum to me. For a migraine, though, it’s great. The spearmint is really strong, which helps break through the migraine fog a bit, and it does double duty as a caffeine delivery system. The oolong itself is tightly rolled but quickly unfurls into fairly small, torn leaves. It’s just kind of light and nondescript relative to the spearmint. I’m inclined to try this again when I don’t have a migraine, just to see if my impressions are different. This serves a very particular purpose when my head is imploding, but it might hit differently when I’m feeling clear.

Flavors: Spearmint

Cameron B.

I’ve never been a fan of their teas either, with the exception of French Earl Grey. But I looooove their teaware, so I’ve been a regular customer because of that ha ha.

Kaylee

I’ve been eyeing their NYC mug for a year, so I finally picked that up on sale! It’s so pretty!

PamelaOry

I’m sad to see them go, just as I’m discovering them. It almost feels silly to order their tea at this point. What if I fall in love with something? I won’t be able to reorder it. Of course this didn’t stop me from ordering several teas and a few bits of tea ware.

Kaylee

Better to have loved and lost, etc. I still mourn the closing of Butiki and A Quarter to Tea (and am hoarding a few favorites) but am truly thankful to have known the joy of their teas, even for a time.

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More fun with milk tea!

I thought this one would be interesting to try. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the oolong base when I made Melon Oolong with milk, and mint seemed like it would be fun, like mint ice cream!

Anyway, it is quite good! I will say that I’m not tasting the oolong base as much as I did with the Melon Oolong, but this tea is a bit older and from a different company so obviously not entirely comparable. But the mint is so yummy! It reminds me a bit of those shamrock shakes from McDonald’s? Creamy and minty and tasty.

Would definitely make this one with milk again!

Flavors: Mint, Smooth, Spearmint

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
ashmanra

I have never had one of those shakes. Maybe I should try one, my Irish son-in-kaw loves them! Ha ha!

Cameron B.

I guess I thought of that because normally mint ice cream has chocolate in it too, which this doesn’t ha ha.

derk

son-in-KAW! KAW KAW!

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