I’ve been drinking more and more oolong tea lately, and so I picked up this Vanilla Oolong from David’s Tea not too long ago. It’s a fairly pretty tea, and on the website they describe it as:
“Discover the power of vanilla and oolong, with a little hint of orange. It’s temptingly rich. We’ve used Pouchong tea leaves, the least oxidized of oolongs, which gives it a lighter, fresher taste. Delicious and totally addictive on its own, we also love blending this with fruit flavoured teas for a touch of creamy sweetness.”
It contains “Taiwanese pouchong oolong tea, lemon myrtle, marigolds, natural flavouring” I’m guessing that rather than adding actual (expensive) vanilla – that’s where the ‘natural flavoring’ comes in. 😦
So.. more important (to me at least!) the taste!
It’s kind of boring.
The tea is clearly oolong – with the same nod to the grassyness to green tea that most oolongs have, and the same slight smokiness I find with most oolongs too. The vanilla flavour is there, but it’s very weak compared to some of the other vanilla teas I’ve tried in the past. I suspect that either the oolong overwhelmed the vanilla, or there just isn’t enough in there to satisfy what I had in mind. With that being said, the vanilla does lend a rich warmness – almost a bit of creamyness to the tea which is enjoyable – it’s just nothing special…