This week, in honor of some undeserved patience and compassion that has come my way, I’ve decided to theme my blog posts around Oolong (as in Ti Kuan Yin… err, well, nevermind) . Sure, I can’t actually drink it without causing people to run and gag from me the next day… but it’s not as if I actually have to drink the tea in order to review it. I’ll be preparing myself early for those tea tasting sommelier tests by teaching myself to swish and spit Oolong. ^^;;
It’s sad but, I only have two White Lion teas left from a few years back when they were being sold at Common Language Bookstore. Since it’s Oolong week, it felt like the correct time to review Pomegranate Oolong (before it expired on me).
Pomegranate Oolong has become fairly common combination tea for Western markets. Harney & Sons has one, even Caribou Coffee has a Pomegranate Oolong latte (I’ll have to try that at some point… wait, no, I can’t, nevermind ^^;;).
The firecracker-colored pomegranate blossoms create a real visual appeal during brewing, floating and spinning about like falling sakura. The bourbon rose liquor demonstrates a great deal of particulate grit. In aroma, Pomegranate Oolong actually smells a bit like red rose buds and Keemun. The flavor isn’t necessarily exceptional: a medium oxidized oolong with a hint of pomegranate (if there actually is such a flavor?). Honestly i think Pomegranate Oolong is more decorative than anything else, but it’s a really cute decorative. xD
- Aroma – 88
- Taste – 75
- Texture – 87
- Spunk – 77
- Price – 89
- Availability – 81
- Appearance – 91
Mean score – 84% Meh.