Review: De Vos Tea Sapphire Oolong

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Thumbs up!"While other oolongs tend to be light and flowery, this one is a bit darker and earthier, and in all, a totally different tea experience. "
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I love a good Ceylon tea, although I have to say my exposure to Ceylon teas has almost always been in the form of black tea. DeVos offers Sapphire Oolong, which hails from Ceylon and is so named because the soil in which it is grown contains tiny sapphires. The sapphires may or may not actually contribute to the flavor of this tea, but hey, the presence of gemstones in the growing medium of a tea does add a certain element of luxury to a tea. The leaves are dark, long and loosely twisted. I brought water just to a boil then let it sit off the fire for a minute or two before pouring over the leaves. I steeped the leaves for about four minutes. This is an unusual oolong and one that is not likely to be easily compared to oolongs from other origins. Forget any comparison to a Chinese or Taiwanese oolong, as you won't find many similarities. While other oolongs tend to be light and flowery, this one is a bit darker and earthier, and in all, a totally different tea experience. I found this to drink very much like a black tea. The flavor of the tea is crisp and not too heavy, with just a hint of astringency. The primary flavor is an earthy element, although I don't want to give the impression that this tea has a pungent soil flavor. No, rather, this is a light earthiness, perhaps like a sweetened hay... I am sure my description is not doing this tea justice! I found this tea to be suitable for my hot morning brew, but then I also enjoyed iced in the afternoon, so it is certainly a versatile brew. if you are looking for a non-standard oolong, this may be one you wish to try.

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