TEA REVIEW: High Noon Tea Co.’s Malawi Lilongwa Pearls, Guan Yin Blue Oolong, and Caramel Apple Herbal Blend

Tea provided for review

High Noon Tea Co Green Oolong Herbal Tea Three Spoons

High Noon Tea reached out at the start of the year and offered some of their teas for me to try. They had a large selection, so I asked them to recommend what they thought would be best. I find that this a great way to try out what a company has to offer because I noticed that in the past, I would stick to a small selection of familiar teas. It is always fun to try out a tea that is a little bit out of my comfort zone!

When I got the teas, I was a bit confused with the wording of the label. For example: “Pour in boiling water and steep at 75 Celsius…”I assumed that I was supposed to boil the water, then wait for it to cool to the recommended temperatures.

I will be trying a green, oolong, and herbal tea! Let’s go!

 

Malawi Lilongwa Pearls

High Noon Tea Guan Yin Blue Oolong Tea Dishes

Description: “Offering lush grassy-earth tones, highlighted by floral notes and finishing with a clean, round sweetness.”

Review: I loved how unique these looked! They were so pretty and tightly wound. I can see why they are called ‘pearls.’ They didn’t have much of an aroma when dry, but they smelled grassy after steeping. I let them steep for 5 minutes, but they still weren’t completely unfurled after that.

The dark yellow liquor had a very faint grassy aroma. In the first sip, I didn’t taste much. However, I found that in the subsequent sips, the taste became slightly more apparent. It was mildly grassy with hints of floral. I found that the liquor had a thick mouthfeel and that there was no astringency.

The flavour a bit too mild for me. The label did say ‘to taste’, so I could try this tea again and let it steep for longer until the leaves completely unfurl which may bring out more flavours (2/5 rating).

  • Type: Green tea
  • Origin: Malawi
  • Caffeine: Unknown
  • Ingredients: Green tea
  • Company: High Noon Tea Co.

 

Guan Yin Blue Oolong

High Noon Tea Malawi Lilongwa Pearls Green Tea Dishes

Description: “Ti Kuan Yin Special Grade semi-fermented Oolong from the Fujian Province of China is hand selected and blended with royal purple, High Mallow petals to leave you with a pale, slightly amber tea full of orchid-like aroma and muscatel notes.”

Review: I found it so pretty that I had a full mallow flower in the blend. As expected, there was a very strong floral aroma from the dry blend. The leaves were tightly twisted. After steeping, the leaves completely unfurled, and the aroma became more of a classic grassy Ti Kuan Yin.

The dark yellow liquor tasted grassy, and the flavour lingered. I didn’t get much of a floral taste from the mallow flowers. I did find some there was some astringency. The blend was mild, so if you are looking for a lightly grassy oolong, this might be one to consider (3/5 rating).

  • Type: Oolong tea
  • Origin: China
  • Caffeine: Unknown
  • Ingredients: Oolong tea, mallow petals
  • Company: High Noon Tea Co.

 

Caramel Apple Herbal Blend

High Noon Tea Caramel Apple Herbal Tea Dishes

Description: “This delicious blend of caramel, apple and orange is combined with other natural flavours to deliver a tart and almost candy-like finish in a bright pink brew.”

Review: When I got the tea samples, I could smell this blend as soon as I opened the envelope. It was extremely strong. I ended up putting it in a double zip lock bag because I was worried that my other teas would absorb the aroma. The blend had a sweet floral aroma that was fruity. I actually found it very comforting.

The wet blend smelled more berry like, which was similar to the liquor which smelled like candy and berries. The liquor was a dark cranberry red colour. It tasted very sweet and like berries with a hint of floral. It reminded me of fruit punch and the flavour lingered in the mouth.

I found it a bit tart for my liking and I should have steeped for less time. For how sweet the blend was, it was nice that there weren’t any added sugars. I think it would be nice iced (2/5 rating).

  • Type: Herbal tea 
  • Origin: Malawi
  • Caffeine: Caffeine-free
  • Ingredients: Apple, rosehip, hibiscus petals, orange pieces, cornflower petals
  • Company: High Noon Tea Co.

 

Final Thoughts

When I try teas, I tend to follow the recommendations from the company. Therefore, I found that some of these teas were either a bit too tart or mild for my liking. That being said, there was a note that you should steep these ‘to taste.’

While not all of these blends were my cup of tea, I did enjoy another tea I tried from High Noon Tea Co., the Almond Toffee Pu-erh! It had a strong lovely cocoa taste. Tell me if you would like to see a review of that too!

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