Review: Kalahari Citron Oolong Blue Tea

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Its OK"My first few sips revealed what I would call a run-of-the-mill bergamot flavor. The tea itself tasted a bit heavy, which I didn't find particularly enjoyable. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 5/10
Other Teaviews: Katie gave it 4.5/10, Laura gave it 5/10, Brad gave it 4/10, Erika gave it 3/10
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kalahariacitronoolongblue.jpgI was really looking forward to sampling this tea, expecting an orange or lemon flavored oolong blend. After more carefully reading the package, however, I learned that this was actually an Earl Gray type blend, which immediately reduced by enthusiasm level substantially. Not being a huge Earl Gray fan, I knew that this tea would have a lot to overcome to really win me over. I brewed my sachet as directed, for about 4 minutes in boiling water. My first few sips revealed what I would call a run-of-the-mill bergamot flavor. The tea itself tasted a bit heavy, which I didn't find particularly enjoyable. The tea sachet describes the bergamot ingredient as "organic bergamot flavor" rather than actual organic bergamot. This made me suspicious, as I am not sure of the exact difference between the two, but luckily the Kalahari website clarifies that top grade, pure bergamot oil is used. I thought that this tea would be interesting and different because it was made with oolong tea (and, according to Kalahari, "exceptional high grown mountain oolong" at that!) rather than the typical black tea used as a base for Earl Grays. However, I found that I really couldn't tell the difference, and definitely wouldn't have been able to tell this was an oolong tea in a blind taste test. The tea also contains eleuthro root and guarana for energy-boosting purposes, but again the heavy Earl Gray flavor masked any flavor contributions these ingredients may have made. Also, I didn't notice any particular energy boost as a result of drinking this tea. In all, I was disappointed with this blend, although the main disclaimer here is that I tend to avoid Earl Gray teas, so its really no surprise that I didn't love this one. If you are an Earl Gray fan, you'll probably find this to be an okay blend, but I am still convinced that there are far better Earl Gray offerings available. This was by far my least favorite tea of all of the Kalahari products I have sampled thus far. Kalahari has some really terrific blends which I would highly recommend, including some from their ChocoLatte series, but this Citron Oolong Blue Tea really missed the mark.

— 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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