Review: Grand Tea Jasmine Oolong

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Thumbs up!"This blend makes for a fruitier cup than when jasmine is paired with a green tea base. Sweet, creamy and smooth, it's thoroughly enjoyable and great value for the money to boot! "
Sophie’s Teaview: 8.2/10
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Rather than being paired with a green tea base, the blooms are blended with an oolong in this case. This is a rather rare combination that I have been excited to try. Other than its origins in the Chinese province of Fujian, Grand Tea's website provides little information about this tea or how it has been scented. Taking a look at my sample, the leaves have been rolled into raisin-like clusters. They display an attractive range of hues, from pale apple to deep forest green. A few bits of yellowed petals can be seen here and there. The blend's aroma is light and delicately floral.

I used 3 grams of leaf in 8 ounce of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius. After a 4 minute-long steep, the cup is a bright gold hue. Its aroma is predictably floral, with an enticing fruity undertone to it – I'm reminded of peaches and lychees. Sweet jasmine notes dominate the flavour profile. The leaves lend a buttery yet fruity backdrop, a great complement to the blooms' flavour. The finish is particularly interesting with its intensely sweet watermelon notes. Smooth and creamy in feel, this blend is soothing and easy to drink.

I steeped the leaves again for 5 and a half minutes. The results are similar to the first infusion, only a bit grassier and more astringent. Vegetal notes seem to slowly be taking over the sweet floral and fruity notes. The cup is quite satisfying overall, especially for a second steep.

After my final 7 minute-long brew, the tea is smooth and not at all bitter. While it's starting to become more mineral tasting it's still floral and fruity enough to be interesting. The stamina of these leaves is definitely impressive.

This blend makes for a fruitier cup than when jasmine is paired with a green tea base. Sweet, creamy and smooth, I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable. It does have the tendency to become astringent if over-brewed. However, the fact that it's very reasonably priced and flavourful enough to make multiple infusions makes this tea great value for the money. Unfortunately it's out of stock at the time of writing. Otherwise I would definitely pick this up if I was placing an order with Grand Tea. Well worth it!

— To purchase Grand Tea Jasmine Oolong, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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