Review: Kalahari Citron Oolong Blue Tea

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Its OK"The bergamot component does pretty much overpower much of the oolong flavor, which is a little disappointing. It also does provide a little of that mouth tingle that you find with bergamot, however, it is not totally in your face."
Laura’s Teaview: 5/10
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kalahariacitronoolongblue.jpg"Exceptional high grown mountain oolong is expertly blended with top grade, pure bergamot oil for a lively citrus cuppa that will enliven your spirits." ---Kalahari website.

Ok, let me be honest, I'm not too sure about this right from the start. When I requested this sample and read the name of it, I was thinking a citrusy oolong and an earl grey bergamot citrus wasn't the citrus that came to mind. I am really not too sure about bergamot and oolong---at all. Kalahari lists the ingredients in this blend as organic Chinese oolong tea, organic Eleuthro Root (wth?), Guarana, and organic bergamot flavor.

Kalahari also touts this as their Organic Energy Tea or Revive Rejuvenating Brew. I sense it is probably a bad idea to consume this at 8 p.m., but here we go! The aroma that is most noticeable as you tear open the package to release the relatively eco-friendly tea sachet is one of bergamot. While I waited for the water to boil and tea sachet (doesn't that sound prissy?) to steap, I decided to find out what eleuthro root is. According to Mountain Rose Herbs website, "Eleuthero is an "adaptogen," an agent that helps the body address to stress. Scientists believe it helps prevent "adrenal burnout" caused by ongoing physical or mental challenges. Eleuthero boosts concentration and focus without the letdown than comes from drinking coffee or other sources of caffeine". It is also a cousin to ginseng. Well, even if this turns out to be disgusting, at least I learned something.

The steam that arose from my cup as I infused the tea sachet smelled of bergamot primarily. However, as the cup cooled I could pick up a roasted oolong aroma. As I braced myself to be disgusted, once this cooled to a drinkable temp I was pleasantly surprised---its not disgusting! The bergamot used in this is pretty gentle and user friendly. I'm not sure if it is just the bergamot flavor alone or in combination with the guarana or eleuthero root, but somehow the citrus in this is nice and round and fairly orange-like. The bergamot component does pretty much overpower much of the oolong flavor, which is a little disappointing. It also does provide a little of that mouth tingle that you find with bergamot, however, it is not totally in your face. I know this is a roasted oolong, but truly I can't taste much of it. Most noticeable thing about the oolong is that it is pretty neutral in the cup and smooth.

Overall, while this is not disgusting or anything, I probably would not seek this out for purchase. Good oolong does not require any flavors. That said, I do drink flavored oolongs and like some of them very well. However, when I drink a flavored oolong, I want it to be a mind-blowing flavor--and this is not. If you offered me another cup, I would probably drink it ---its not terrible. I might suggest this blend to someone that likes gentler earl grey blends, but is sensitive to black tea.

— To purchase Kalahari Citron Oolong Blue Tea, 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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