This Fair Trade Certified organic oolong tea represents a departure from our other oolong offerings. Biodynamically farmed at the Makaibari estate in India's Darjeeling district, this organic loose leaf tea exhibits many of the same qualities as the black teas this region is known for. The medium- to dark-green leaves and sliver buds of this oolong produce a light amber infusion with a punchy astringency that diminishes quickly. This organic Indian tea also exhibits slight lemony, vegetal and earthy qualities akin to other Darjeeling teas, while maintaining a classic oolong finish. Established in 1859, Markaibari is the oldest estate in Darjeeling, where a strong commitment to sustainable farming prevails.
Ingredients: organic Indian oolong tea
Serving Size: one generous teaspoon (1.5) per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: One of very few Fair Trade Certified oolongs available on the market.
Jeremy Says: An oolong made for Darjeeling lovers!
Posted by McKinley L. on 4th Jan 2017
At least that's how I found it, though I'm admittedly fairly inexperienced in the world of loose leaf Darjeeling. In fact, thinking about the other nice Oolongs I've tried from Arbor Teas and others, I'm not sure how this tea is akin to Oolong at all. The tea is by no means bad or bland, though. It's just sort of a mellower Darjeeling. So if you're a Darjeeling fan at all, I'd say this is definitely worth a try. If you're looking for a traditional Oolong though, whether floral, rich, roasted, or something in between, this may not be your bag. (For what it's worth, I read a review of this tea on another site that raved about how this tea tastes when it has been steeped quickly with near boiling water. I didn't try this with mine, but it may be worth picking up a sample just to try that out.)
Posted by Melissa on 14th Apr 2015
I purchased the sample not too long ago and was excited to try it. I wasn't really impressed with this oolong. It wasn't a terrible tea, but just not a winner for me. Still glad I got to try it, and I'm happy that it was organic and fair trade.
Posted by Tim G on 10th Mar 2015
Delicate, smooth & floral. This is one of my favorite teas.
Posted by Phil on 22nd Jan 2015
I found this Oolong to be a good but not great tea. For me, not much of a vegetal taste. Not even sure where the lemony description comes from. I found it to be more of a "metallic" taste. Metallic is not the best descriptive term to use, but it is the best I can come up with. It is an interesting taste, yet it defies description. Probably best as a sample or 2.5 oz purchase to let the purchaser make up their own mind. I would probably purchase it again, just for the sheer fact that it is fairly traded.
Posted by Laschman on 23rd Apr 2014
I would have to say this is an all around Oolong tea. It has nice flavor, very much like green tea but more than just earthy. It's pretty rich but no particular taste. On to third infusion now Gung Fu style, (15 seconds per seeping) with my new hot water thermal dispenser. Not any smoky flavor to it, just oxidized green tea. I like more punch but I wouldn't say it's bad by any means.
Posted by Robert on 2nd Mar 2014
I am a green tea man and this is not my cup of tea. It seems like this tea would go well with something else. Not that great by itself. I have never tried oolong tea before, so I have no business reviewing this tea, and that is the oolong and short of it.
Posted by Dimitra on 2nd Mar 2014
I am primarily a green tea fan, and think that this oolong is worth trying if you are looking for a tea with the flavor of a Darjeeling black tea, but milder. It stood alone beautifully, without the addition of cream or milk (which I find necessary for black teas). First pressing was not a satisfying morning cup of tea for me (compared with Sencha or Kukicha). It seemed like it would pair well with something like a scone, which I was inspired to make later in the day! Second pressing, as printed, had a richer flavor, somewhat nutty and went well in the early afternoon with a square of dark chocolate. Third pressing still had a nice flavor and went great with a scone! I also tried some cold mixed with some of the chilled Tisane herbal tea, and think they would go well together for a nice summer iced tea. I have not had many other oolongs, so don't have much to compare it to. Much stronger flavor than few others that I have tried.
Posted by Joe P., Philadelphia on 31st Aug 2012
This oolong is very much like a darjeeling (black tea) first flush. It is not as complex as chinese oolongs. If I were in a blind taste test, I would say this is a darjeeling not an oolong, a quite good darjeeling but not quite as good oolong.
Posted by Lukasz on 6th Dec 2011
I purposely waited 9+ months to review this tea in order to provide a true assessment of it. I ordered this tea in bulk and stored it inside the large air tight metal containers sold here.
Just to throw it out there, the picture of this oolong tea is different than what I had purchased months ago. My tea had a lot more green in it. With that said, this is an amazing tea. It quickly became my go-to tea for everyday consumption. It is well balanced with a great earthy aroma and bitterness is low. Not too weak, not too strong, and multiple infusions don’t get too dull. I highly recommend it.
Posted by Bill Edwards on 12th Nov 2007
This tea is delicious and beautiful. It may be my favorite color of tea. This is a great tea to tempt traditional black tea drinkers toward the green side. I am still a "green man" but this tea will get me to give the blacks a try!
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one generous teaspoon (1.5) per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until the first bubbles begin to rise from the bottom of the pot (195° F)
Steeping time: 4-7 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
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