To anyone I sent Chado Tea Room Orange Blossom oolong to, please forgive me. As several people know, I had a hard time with that one. The aroma, oh my, so incredibly lovely. Like no tea I have smelled before. Bursting with the scent of juicy oranges mingled with the sweet aroma of pure orange blossoms. I mean this stuff could (and should) be used for potpourri. So amazingly mouthwatering and yet the brew, well it was less than stellar. Perhaps because too much real orange rind was used, but whatever the factor it was harsh and bitter and downright acrid.
The negativity of that purchase made such a lasting impression that when my Orange Blossom oolong from the New Mexico Tea Company arrived, I quickly set it aside. Not anxious for history to repeat itself, yet still curious if there could be a "gently scented" oolong that could win me over. Not being too big a fan of roses or jasmine in tea, there is something more appealing about orange blossom. Even in the fragrances I choose, I'm quickly drawn to anything orange blossom, and less so with the other two.
And so this afternoon, I brew New Mexico Tea Co Orange Blossom Oolong -
The aroma is light, sweet, true and softly orange. The color is light orange and clear. I believe the quest that was on my mind was to find a scented orange blossom oolong, that didn't impart any flavor to the tea. However, I find the addition of the natural orange flavor to this tea to be quite charming and enjoyable. Very harmonious, the aroma, the color, the taste. I brewed it with different parameters then the website, and with great success on my first try. Just off boil, 2 rounded teaspoons, 14 oz, 5 minutes. No rinse.
Just completely and simply ... lovely.
Sometimes something unexpected turns out to be extraordinary.
I love it when that happens.