Category Archives: Oolong Tea

Camellia sinensis leaves partly oxidized.

Reviewing Our Reviews of Boston Tea Co. Teas

We had the honor, my humans and I, a few years back to try a number of teas from the Boston Tea Company and thought that a review was in order. TOOOT! Continue reading Reviewing Our Reviews of Boston Tea Co. Teas

5 Facts About GABA Tea

Time to go exploring a special kind of tea called GABA.

Health claims being made about a special kind called GABA tea. And that tea, very popular and Japan and other Asian countries, is becoming increasingly known in other parts of the world, partly due to various health claims and partly due to its devotees who swear that the flavor is very different and more pleasant. Continue reading 5 Facts About GABA Tea

Valentine Double-Date with “Milk Oolong” from The Republic of Tea

Time for another Valentine “tea date” – and this one is a double-date! That wonderful team of “Tiny Teapot” and “Chuck the Chahai” doubled up with two special sipping cups just right for oolongs. So what better tea to enjoy here than an oolong? Specifically, “Tiny” steeped up some Milk Oolong from The Republic of Tea. Let us say that it was a heartfelt experience. And, of course, we had to serve it up to our humans on a heart-shaped tray with our Chinese forever know nearby to show our wish for their eternal love. TOOOOT!

WiT_ValTea_RofTMilkOolong1We’ve steeped up quite a few oolongs over the years, the Tea Gang and I, and they have run the gamut from “Bleh!” to “Holey Moley!” This one was just a few shades short of the latter. You get an aromatic impact of fruit aroma (natural, not added) when you pop open the tin (another tin that was not full to the top, so there was flavor robbing air inside…sigh!). My humans boiled water, added some of the lovely tea nuggets into “Tiny,” poured in the water, and let him steep away for 6 minutes. Then they strained the liquid into “Chuck” who served it into the waiting sipper cups. The flavor, as my humans reported to me, was coconut/pineapple with slight vegetal undertones and tended to linger. It also had a rather smooth mouthfeel that is not surprising in a milk oolong. I’m thinking that more “tea dates” lie ahead for this foursome and my two humans.

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The Large Tea Leaf

The tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, is the source of that tasty and amazingly versatile beverage called “tea,” a simple name that belies the complexity that it is. Normally, the leaves used from this plant are fairly small, some even tiny. So, when we reviewed Buddha Hand Oolong Tea from California Tea House, we were amazed at the size of one of the leaves.

Of course, hubby and I are still learning about tea. That’s part of the “tea life,” where tea is more than just a beverage, it’s a way of life. So, we’re quite pleased to learn something new about tea here.

According to the California Tea House website:

Buddha Hand Oolong gets its name from the large, hand like leaves of ‘Citron’ tea variety from which it is derived and the Buddhist monks that first cultivated it for ceremonial teas.

The tea plant has a number of varietals. This one (“Citron”) is quite impressive, producing flavorful and distinctive teas. Not to mention impressively sized leaves!

Hubby couldn’t resist preserving one of these large leaves. He pressed it flat between a folded paper towel for several days, checking it each day to make sure it didn’t stick. Here is the result:

As a reminder, here is what the tea leaves looked like dry and after steeping:

Tea lovers, let this be an example for you. Learn all you can about tea and enhance your enjoyment of it as a result. Enjoy!