I love Oolong tea. And so, even though I am a bit dubious about the current craze of adding pomegranate to everything, for its alleged anti-oxidant properties, I decided to try this Pomegranate Oolong. And it’s good!
When I first opened the packet, the fruit smell was quite strong, though it was a bit difficult to pin down exactly what fruit it might be – just something red, such as berries or cherries (as different from citrus fruits or tropical fruits). Once I brewed the tea, the fruit aroma was actually less; the nice Oolong aroma came to the fore. Oolong produces a variety of notes, and this one smelled like what I could best describe as “golden” – a bit flowery, a bit peachy.
The brew was right on that line between dark gold and light brown. When I first took a sip, the pomegranate flavor was very faint; a bit of sugar brought it out a bit more. I have to say, though, that it was still difficult to say that it was pomegranate, specifically, rather than any other red fruit. But I like it!
As for the underlying Oolong, it seemed to have a moderate amount of oxidation, about halfway between black than green tea. Ti Quan Yin (also spelled half a dozen other ways) is sometimes closer to green tea, but this one isn’t that green. The taste of the Oolong is flowery, smooth and medium-bodied.
The NecessiTeas say about this tea:
The extra large leaves of Ti Quan Yin Oolong are deliciously infused with pomegranate to create this inspiring blend.
While I wouldn’t add anything other than a bit of sugar to this as a hot tea, it also makes a very good iced tea – Oolongs often do! – and as an iced tea, I add a little bit of lime to it, perhaps even drop in a maraschino cherry.
Most Oolong leaves can be steeped more than once. A second steeping of this tea has less of a fruit flavor, and more of the Oolong notes – a bit toasty. I thought I had finished with the tea, but then I decided to try a third steeping, which was for much longer – about 7 minutes. I was very surprised to find that the pomegranate flavor came out more than it had even on the first steeping, and it was tart and clearly identifiable as pomegranate. The tea, on the other hand, at this point tasted more like mild green tea than like Oolong. I added a bit of sugar to mellow the tartness, and then turned it into iced tea – delicious! It just goes to show, all that stuff about multiple steepings is not just a money-saving trick; it can also lead to a different experience.