Hi there fellow teacats! 🙂 Hope your summer has been going well as of yet! It’s been so flippin’ hot outside here in Michigan! I’ll be headed to Texas in a few days (for the first time) and I’m a bit.. anxious about the weather, to say the least. Hopefully I won’t step off the plane and instantly burst into flames. 😛
Today I’m brewing up some of Majani Teas’ Tamu Oolong Tea, a blend grown and produced in Kenya (like all of Majani’s teas! ). To be honest, the first thing that drew me to these teas was their incredibly beautiful packaging. Who doesn’t love cute, colorful little birdies gracing their kitchen countertop? Each bird featured on Majani’s labels is actually native to Kenya, and you can find some great information on each species by checking out their website here! The little guy featured on the front of the Tamu Oolong is an African Pygmy Kingfisher, and according to the site, it “is found in woodland, savannah, and coastal forest. Unlike some of its relatives, this kingfisher takes mainly insects and, thus, is not bound to water.” Neat!Nifty! Now that we’ve enjoyed some bite-sized ornithology, it’s time to move on to the tea! 🙂 The leaves smell sugary sweet, with noticeable notes of earth and honey. For me, the scent conjures up images of a sunset on the Kenyan savannah- all warm and golden. 🙂 I am a bit disappointed by how broken the leaves are- this tea looks like it would be just as at home in a tea sachet as it would a loose-leaf tin, but it’s important not to judge tea strictly by its appearance. Time to taste!
Shop Link: Tamu Oolong Tea
Ingredients: Fair Trade Certified™ Oolong Tea
Brewing Guidelines: 185 F for 1 minute, 1.5 tsp per 200 mL
Look at that beautiful red amber hue! Reminds me of a red delicious apple, making me almost wish it was autumn. There will be plenty of time for cold weather and apple picking soon enough. 😛 The drink tastes a bit malty at the start, like an assam black tea, but then transitions to this incredibly sweet honey brown sugar finish that tastes EXACTLY like the black milk bubble tea I make at home. Due to this, I am 100% addicted to drinking this tea and find myself reaching for a cup of it constantly! Instant bubble tea? Pshhh yes please! I haven’t actually used it to make bubble tea yet, but I can only imagine that when I do, the heavens will open and awesome trumpet music will pour forth from the clouds and it will rains kittens and puppies. It’s going to be THAT awesome. 😀 I’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying a straight oolong tea with a taste profile as unique as this! I only wish that Majani offered a more “full leaf” version of the blend, but if changing the production of the tea would diminish the awesome brown sugar flavor in any way, I’ll happily stick to the broken leaf version. Absolutely delicious!!
Shop Link: Tamu Oolong Tea
Tea provided for review courtesy of Majani Teas. Thanks! 🙂