21 Sep La Tea Dah | Suki Tea Oolong Orange Blossom Review
I’m pleased to be reviewing a brand local to me on the blog this week, Suki Tea! They are perhaps the best known herbal tea brand in Northern Ireland. If you pop into any cafes in Belfast and further afield in NI there is a high chance that the popular herbal tea they have on offer will be Suki Tea.
So, after trying their peppermint, green tea and jasmine teas numerous times I decided it was time to be a bit more adventurous and try something different. And with free UK delivery for August’s bank holiday weekend it just felt right.
I ordered their award winning Oolong Orange Blossom tea because well, even the name alone just sounds delightful. I also ordered their stinging nettle tea but that’s a blog post for another day. It also just seemed wrong ordering one batch of tea.
I have never actually tried oolong tea before but from what I have read, it is a traditional Chinese tea that falls somewhere between black tea and green tea but reaping the benefits of both such as reducing high cholesterol and heart disease etc (GO TEA, RIGHT?).
Oolong is a fruity, fragrant tea and as I opened my cute little brown bag of curled tea leaves and orange blossoms I was met with a deliciously fruity yet simultaneously floral aroma.
I have some fun facts about orange blossom: it is associated with good fortune, it has been written about as an aphrodisiac and it is the state flower of Florida. Thanks Wikipedia.
Now, herbal teas smell fantastic at the best of times, but my oolong orange blossom has been my favourite tea thus far. Actually as I’m typing I’m just sniffing the bag of tea and basking in the glory of its scent. Undoubtedly a weird image.
I love the idea of scents improving your mood. Positive scents don’t just smell good they evoke memories and just generally have a magical ability to make you feel better. And I have definitely found it with this tea. It’s the perfect merging of zesty orange with a light, understated floral tone. For some reason it reminds me of a hot summers day, sitting out in the sunshine surrounded by nature. I have no idea why.
After doing a bit research I found that smelling something citrus-y is said to boost your energy and alertness. And to be fair, I think just having the bag of tea within my reach for a comforting whiff has made writing this blog post (when I’m super tired and feel like doing nothing), marginally easier.
So you know when you smell something GREAT like a new handwash or bath bomb and it’s so good you feel an overpowering urge to taste it? The great news it that unlike soap or a bathbomb you CAN taste the oolong orange blossom tea. As fun as sitting around smelling it is, I was super excited to actually see what the delicious smell translated to in taste.
Well, it was really pale yellow in colour. I like to let my tea brew for good few minutes as I don’t enjoy it really weak.
There was no sharp taste, it made for a really smooth cuppa with a nice, light flavour. It tasted ALMOST as good as it smells. But not quite. Of course, inhaling the now warm scent also enhanced the whole tea drinking experience.
The Suki Tea website has a few posts on their blog on how to make tea cocktails (I know, awesome) and I could really see how this tea in particular would work in a cocktail. Adding in a bit of Cointreau or Aperol to enhance that zesty orange would be, in my humble opinion, beaut and I’d be eager to try that out some time.
All in all, Oolong Orange Blossom was a delight to drink (and smell)!