Review: KTeas China Oolong Kwai Flower

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Thumbs up!"A mild-mannered, sweet and floral cup, that could be appropriately used as a desert tea. Great for multiple steepings, the ingredients are of good quality and very reasonably priced."
Sophie’s Teaview: 7.2/10
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kteaslogoThis moderately oxidized oolong from the Chinese province of Fujian has been blended with kwai flowers. Kwai or osmanthus flowers have been grown in Asia for their culinary properties for several centuries. The Chinese in particular have developed a fondness for the small, gold-coloured blossoms and add them to many dishes for their nectar-like quality. When combined with tea, much like the way jasmine flowers are used, they are expected to infuse the leaves with a fresh peach or apricot-like flavour.

Looking at the dry tea, the leaves are relatively large, lightly twisted and ranging from a dark khaki to a deep ebony colour. Small, bright orange blossoms are scattered throughout. A fresh tangerine-like scent with some pepper and smoke undertones greets me as I open the sample's package. Using a heaping teaspoon of leaves, I tried this tea in water heated to 185 and 195 degrees Fahrenheit. The steeps were essentially the same, so I'll just give some general observations. After a 3 minute steep, a golden brown cup reveals a faint perfume reminiscent of ripe bananas. The overall profile of the tea is rather sweet and floral, especially in the finish. I can pick out the promised peach and apricot notes but these are rather delicate. The tea base contributes woody and smoky flavours that provide a nice counterpoint to the honeyed notes of the blossoms. Perhaps my favourite thing about this blend is that it has a delicious creamy taste and feel to it. Still going strong, a second 3 minute infusion leads to a cup that is more smoky in character. The blossoms now seem to be taking a back seat to the leaves. The fruity finale is still present and gives the earthy flavours of the oolong a nice lift. In round number three the taste is still more focused on the tea leaves, with an almost acrid flavour emerging in the top notes. The blend is now more like a run of the mill oolong but it's still pleasant enough to be worth drinking.

This blend provides a mild-mannered, sweet, soothing cup, that could be appropriately used as a desert tea. Great for multiple steepings, the ingredients are of good quality and very reasonably priced. This tea is definitely worth a try if you're a fan of floral aromas. However you'll want to give it a pass if you're looking for an oolong with a stout, woody character or a tea with an obvious peach or apricot flavour.

— To purchase KTeas China Oolong Kwai Flower, 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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