Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea Post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Fernweh Argo’s – Pineapple Oolong blend. They very kindly gifted me this along with a few more of their blends to try out and review for you all for this series and as delicious as all the other blends they sent me sounded, I am crazy for oolong and any blend with pineapple in it so I had to try this one first.
Here’s what Fernweh Argo have to say about this blend over on their website: ”Bathe your thirst with the sorcery of pineapple infused with oolong. Sing your dreams with this bright refreshing cup of tea after a meal or on a starry afternoon.”
Ingredients: Pineapple, Apricot & Organic Oolong
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I tried this blend two ways, hot (on its own) and iced (on its own) and I’m actually really glad I chose to do both because I pushed myself out of my tea comfort zone and as a result I was able to experience this blend fully and take in everything it had to offer taste wise. Normally I wouldn’t even think of trying a blend like this hot because I can never normally tolerate hot fruity flavours but I suppose I was just feeling a bit more adventurous so I took the pudge and steeped this for 3-5 minutes (as Fernweh Argo suggest) and it was absolutely delicious. When I first saw this blend on the Fernweh Argo website I assumed that the oolong used in this was going to be a greener oolong but it was pleasantly surprised to see that it was much more of an oxidised oolong, mostly though this blend is more pineapple and apricot that anything. I wish it had contained a lot more oolong in it, as this would have provided a more study base for the other flavours.In the hot cup of this blend that I had I could taste the oolong ever so slightly and it provided a nice woody and somewhat floral note to this blend but this was very much all pineapple and apricot than anything. Its naturally very sweet which was to be expected and even though the fruits in it are dried the pineapple note especially was very juicy, ripe and fresh which was probably my favourite thing about this whole blend. Just like the oolong the apricot is subtle but its noticeable and also helps to add sweetness to this blend and a subtle sharpness. Do I wish that this was much more well rounded and had more oolong in it? Yes, of course but I did enjoy it for what it was. With its name being pineapple oolong though I really do think that a lot of tea lovers out there would expect to see much more oolong than fruit, so this definitely appeals to a very specific market.
When prepared iced this is all pineapple with a hit of apricot, I could have brewed this over several hours and hoped that it would make the oolong element stronger as I had liked the hint of it I was able to pick out in the hot cup of this blend I had. But sadly it didn’t work at all and even iced this was pretty much just all pineapple and apricot which tasted just like fruit juice (which I’m not complaining about at all) with the pineapple being the star of the show being juicy, rip, fresh and very sweet and the apricot and its sweetness and slight tartness coming through towards the end of every mouthful and in the aftertaste.
I did really enjoy this blend and it made for a deliciously refreshing iced tea but it needs some work. The oolong element needs to be much stronger, and yes I understand that this is supposed to be pineapple heavy but that doesn’t mean that the oolong should have had to take a back seat, if they were to have used much more oolong the pineapple element which they absolutely nailed would have still been able to shine and the oolong lovers would get their tea fix. There are quite a few lightly oxidised oolongs out there that would have been perfect for this blend. that being said though I did enjoy this and went through the box I was sent quite fast but I wouldn’t market it as an oolong without the note being much more prominent.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.25/5
If you want to find out more about Fernweh Argo and purchase some of this oolong for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions 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
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*