Honey Gold from East Pacific Tea Co.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  East Pacific Tea Co.

Product Description:

Travel far away to the Fujian Province of China. Our Honey Gold Tea steeps a nice amber color and releases a captivating orchid scent. Serves great chilled, and will impress any connoisseur.

Taster’s Review:

A lovely Oolong.

Just as the description above suggests, the aroma is indeed captivating with its flowery notes.  I can also detect a somewhat woody fragrance to it, with notes of earth lingering in the background.

The sip begins with a woody flavor – oak, perhaps? – and finishes with a sweet, honey-esque smoothness.  There are faint hints of smoke that weave in and out throughout the sip, and a stronger fruit note that is somewhat peach-like.  There is also the slightest whisper of flower in the sip that reminds me of the air in my gramma’s backyard when the honeysuckles were in bloom.

I have come to expect exceptional quality when it comes to East Pacific Tea Company and this Oolong is certainly exceptional.  The flavor is deliciously complex and contemplative, with an aroma that enchants the spirit.  And the best part when it comes to East Pacific Tea’s high-quality Oolong teas?  They product multiple infusions – stretching the value of this fine tea.  What a delight!

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Blue Unicorn from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

A rare hand-crafted designer Ceylon tea, medium-bodied.

From the famous Biodynamic & Fair Trade Idulgashinna Tea Garden come these visually captivating spears of cassis, cinnamon, gold, and silver tips, resembling the mythical unicorn’s horn. This hand crafted tea is carefully hand-rolled and twisted into spears. Each finished cluster is slightly more than 1 inch in length. These partially fermented leaves produce a delicate, pale liquor that is exceptionally sweet and clean, with champagne undertones. The tea can be steeped multiple times, each revealing new complexities.

Tasters Review:

I’ve collected unicorns since I was 3.  Anything from collectibles and figurines to logo-ed items and ANYTHING in between.  So when I saw that Shanti Tea had an Oolong Tea named Blue Unicorn…I HAD TO HAVE IT!  And I am so glad I chose it!!  It’s truly amazing!

The first time I tried this – I infused 3 “horns” as suggested.  The pre-infusion scent is completely different than the during and post-infusion scent!  The Pre-Infusion is more of a Sweet/Floral, During Infusion it’s a Floral/Semi-Sugary type, and the Post is more of a Sweet Honey/Candied type aroma.

I also noticed this is a VERY hefty handcrafted leaf!  Surely to live up to multiple infusions!

My first response to my first sip was…WOW.  My 2nd response was…YAY!

Oh my! What a treat! This is VERY unique! VERY Sweet and Juicy! It’s Clean and Crisp! Very Champagne-Like! Almost fruity but I am not sure what kind of fruit to compare it to upon my first attempt and first infusion.

Like I said…these ‘horns’ or leaves were screaming multiple infusions, so I gladly obliged.

I used the same ‘horns’ in my 2nd infusion.  I infused for 9 minutes  (did 7 the first time).

The 2nd infusion smelled much more peachy! A VERY awesome scent! It was sweeter and juicier and more champagne-like! The color was pretty much the same…a lovely yellow-orange-light brown.

As for my 3rd infusion…I used the same 3 pieces and infused for approx 11 to 12 minutes.  The color was a littler lighter.  The scent was Peachy and Floral and Pleasant…not as Peachy as the 2nd infusion tho.

The ‘horns’ were continuing to morph but still played games with me – egging me on to continue to play with them! They look to still have more infusions left. NOW it’s become a challenge…a game…

The taste…Fruity (slightly peachy) – not as peachy as the 2nd infusion. Along with floral notes…blossoms, perhaps.

AND that was just my first attempt with multiple infusions.  I have much more fun with this Blue Unicorn since opening the tin!  Here is how other attempts have turned out…

I used 5 ‘horns’ and the first infusion at 4 Minutes turned out like this…

The color post-infusion is very honey-like. The horns haven’t really unfurled but that just means more infusions in my book so I am totally ok with that!  It smells more like silver tips this time around…I’m not picking up on the peach like my last go-around…It has a refreshing aftertaste…juicy!

2nd Infusion – same 5 Horns – 7 minutes I found the same coloring and scent – scent a tad sweeter that first infusion.  The taste changed to more of a sweet-floral with juicy fruity tones but not overly identifiable as to switch fruit(s). It’s VERY Smooth.  It seems I get a new surprise with each cup!

I have successfully done 4 flavorful infusions of this and a VERY HAPPY with the outcome.   Very few teas make it to my 100 percentile list but this one has!  I can safely say this is one of my all-time-favorite teas!

Just goes to show you…UNICORNS…they really ARE magical!

LOVE THIS!!!

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