Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing LibberTEA’s Orange Oolong. LibberTEA is a not-for-profit Scottish loose leaf tea company that donates 100% profits to various social causes with street homelessness, mental health, domestic abuse, clean water and animal welfare being the primary social causes. Their tea bags are made from soilon, a corn starch which is biodegradable. The fine soilon mesh can be broken down readily by microorganisms in the soil and their packaging is intentionally simple. LibberTEA does not use the ubiquitous eco-unfriendly coloured ink printed packaging to make them stand out – they want their quality teas & social mission alone to do that. They very kindly sent me a couple of their teas to try and I’ll be reviewing them all for this series throughout 2019.
Knowing how much I love Oolong among the samples they sent they also very kindly sent me one of their ”full size” bags of their Orange Oolong and when I saw it in the package they sent I knew it had to be the first one I reviewed for this series. The Oolong used as the base for this blend is a Taiwanese Formosa Oolong from the Dongfang Meiren, Hsinchu region in the North of Taiwan. Oolong teas tend to be oxidised between 12% and 80% oxidation, but this LibberTEA Oolong has been oxidised to the upper end of this oxidation spectrum (@60%-65%) to give it its unique depth and flavour.This oolong does improve with re-steeping and based upon personal preferences of the tea drinker the same leaves can used 3-4 times.
Here’s what LibberTea have to say about this blend on their website: One of the world’s most sought-after and revered cups, this premier plucking of special grade, mountain-grown tea is prized for its large leaves and is half-fermented creating a soft flowery aroma and an assertive peach finish.
Ingredients: Oolong tea, orange flower blossoms, natural orange flavour.
Tea Tasting Notes
This oolong provides a nice medium bodied tea that has a clean finish, lingering little (simply the woodiness of the oolong), and no briskness. It is in no way shape or form bitter/astringent which is delightful and came as a little bit of a surprise to me. Right off the bat, you get subtle the notes of a floral orange that aren’t overwhelming at all and they compliment the oolong perfectly. This is a superb blend and probably one of the best Orange Oolongs I have tried! My favourite aspect has to be the wet leaf aroma which carries the scent of flowered and candied orange peel beautifully and has a soft caramel sweetness that takes the edge off of the citrus high notes. This is a daily kind of oolong! It’s a super cosy tea that is actually really calming – it’s a little floral, a little fruity, but mostly a warm and crisp oolong with a perfect amount of aftertaste and delicate natural sweetness. I wasn’t expecting much natural sweetness from this at all but I was glad that it was there because it meant I didn’t need to sweeten it.
For this tasting session I had this oolong hot but a few days after I simply had to see what it was like iced so I cold brewed it overnight. Having loved this hot I was expecting to love it iced but that wasn’t the case at all this was too much for me when iced and it was so strong that it was thrown completely off-balance and it wasn’t nice to drink at all. This is for sure a blend that is meant to me enjoyed hot and I can see it being the perfect tea for the mildly warm spring nights that are on their way. I think I’m going to make a big pot of this and enjoy it throughout the morning/afternoon tomorrow. Now I’ve started drinking it, it’s rather hard to stop. With how relaxing it is to drink I think it will be an absolute god send when I have a migraine.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.9/5
If you want to find out more about LibberTea and purchase some of their Orange Oolong for yourself, you can do both here . As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley