tea (n.) \ˈtē\ 1. shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indies 2. an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water.
Made by Harney and Sons Master Tea Blenders, this silk pyramid pouch contains rolled leaves in the traditional ti-guan-yin style infused with pomegranate. The dry leaves offer the powerful scent of tart pomegranate fruit mixed with a jade oolong vegetal base.
According to the merchant's description, "The full leaves of premium Ti Quan Yin oolong are deliciously infused with tangy pomegranate to create this inspiring yet complex full-bodied blend that brews into a sweetly fragrant, silky textured cup of tea. The Ti Quan Yin oolong used is named after the Chinese 'Goddess of Mercy.' Legend tells of the goddess leading a devout farmer to a tiny, yet intriguingly aromatic tea plant that he nurtured and shared among neighbors with prosperity soon following."
Whether or not the legend is true, this tea came across as very plain to me. It lacked the depth I typically enjoy in my oolong and presented a strange tangy aftertaste from the pomegranate fruit. Not what I expected from Harney and Sons, who I might add blend a wonderful selection of black teas.
Pomegranate Oolong by Harney and Sons
Steeping Suggestions Leaf Quantity: 1 pyramid pouch/8 oz cup Water Temp: 190° Steep Time: 3 min.