Loose leaf tea is not an inexpensive passion – most of the teas I pick up from David’s Tea are about 6.50$ for 50 grams (which is certainly more than most of the bagged teas that I buy) but with so much more flavour – they’re so worth it!
On their website, David’s Tea lists the Quangzhou Milk Oolong along with the other oolongs at 9$ – but it’s all sneaky, because that’s only for 25 grams (where as all the rest are listed for 50) which makes it look like it’s a comparable price – but… it ends up being 36$ for 100 grams. Ouch!
So, Quangzhou Milk Oolong could definitely be considered a luxury tea, but delicious! As anyone who has read Happy Sushi Belly for a while knows that I am not really a big fan of green teas, and tend to waver half-and-half on Oolongs. This tea definitely leans closer to the ‘green’ than the ‘black’ as far as oolongs are concerned, but there is a delicious creaminess to the tea, even without milk added. (I don’t normally add milk to green and oolong teas.)
David’s Tea describes this tea as a “limited-edition oolong from the Wuyi Mountains of China” and “velvety smooth and lightly creamy, with a subtle hint of orchid.” I was very pleased to get several infusions out of the leaves (at least four) which is a good way to stretch my tea dollar!
Cortney over at 99 kettles has a mouth-watering review of Quangzhou Milk Oolong which I think will do an even better job of convincing you to at least try a cup the next time you’re at David’s Tea! The writer for Me and My Tea on the other hand wasn’t a convert to this tea, and suggests that there are artificial ‘milk’ flavours added to this tea. David’s Tea is usually really good about mentioning any flavouring, so I don’t know about this – though I’m not adverse to artificial flavours in my tea – I’m not a purist like some! There are also a number of comments to the post that make for an interesting read.
What are your thoughts on artificial flavourings in teas? Assuming there is full disclosure, are you ok with it, or would you rather add your own flavours like milk, sugar, or lemon? Let me know in the comments below!