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!
We’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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