TeaSource is celebrating their 20th anniversary - huzzah! When they sent their latest newsletter email out, I noticed that they had an oolong tea that grabbed my attention: Cucumber Lime Oolong. Oolong teas are my weakness, so of course I had to try it. After a grueling day at corporate followed by several hours of cleaning my apartment, it was time to enjoy a cup (or three!) of this oolong tea blend. When I smelled it in the bag, the cucumber walked right up to me and shook my hand. Years ago, I never would have considered cucumber to be a possible ingredient in tea, yet it's one of the better ingredients out there. The taste is not overpowering and works well if you are trying to make a "lighter than air" blend. The Cucumber Lime Oolong is just that - it reminded me of walking through a small artsy beach town (I have no idea why that popped in my head, but there ya go). Whoever came up with this blend was spot on.
I love to watch an oolong tea unfurl in hot water. The leaves are poetic when they move in the water. I'm not sure if I waited long enough for the tea to steep because I HAD to have a cup. When I poured the first cup, the cucumber greeted me again while the lime remained in the background. When I sipped it, the cucumber refreshed my mouth and gave a boost as well. This tea cooled me down - yes, some teas have the ability to cool you down, even while served hot. This tea blend did just that as the cucumber and the oolong blended rather well on an equal footing. The lime was faintly in the back, lending a bit of itself to meld with the cucumber. It's so faint that you almost wonder if there is lime in the blend. However, that is not a complaint at all but merely my observation. Other people may be able to taste the lime more than the cucumber. I'm thinking of making it iced this weekend with a bit of honey to see if perhaps the lime will come out a bit stronger that way. With my second cup, the cucumber became more pronounced yet still held onto the refreshing and cooling aspects. Again - excellent tea!
Overall, if you enjoy a good oolong tea, I highly recommend the Cucumber Lime Oolong. Also, if you are looking to get into tea and not sure where to start, I would recommend this tea blend as well. Don't let the thought of "drinking" hot cucumbers bother you - when you have that first cup, you will sigh with pleasure. Much thanks to TeaSource for creating such a lovely blend!