For those who aren’t aware I do enjoy experimenting and including tea in every aspect of my life whenever possible. One of my favorite things to do is infusing teas with a few of my other favorite beverages.
My experiment today involves “Milk Oolong” a personal favorite and vodka. Not a difficult experiment at all so it had to be done. Many of you already saw my post about this last year on Google+. It was there I realized I never posted it here. For that I apologize.
Pungent Milk Oolong – Be sure it is fresh and the aroma is strong. I do not prefer drinking milk oolong’s that have been bathed in real milk. I enjoy a natural unaltered variety which is what I used here.
Premium Vodka – Go for a clean unflavored finish. The vodka that contains its own unique flavor profile, if strong can take away from the finished product and alter the final infused flavor. I used Kettle One but just like tea Vodka is a personal choice and what may work for me, may not work for you.
1 – 12oz Glass Jar
Extra Glass Large Enough To Hold Jar Contents
Glass For Drinking
Fill your glass jar half way up with “Milk Oolong”
Completely fill up your glass jar with your vodka of choice
Screw top back on the jar and close tightly
Place jar in refrigerator for minimum 24hrs
Strain now infused vodka into another container and dispose of “Milk Oolong”
Pour yourself a small sample of your newly infused vodka and enjoy.
Put remaining vodka back into the glass jar, screw on top tightly, and place back into the refrigerator. Do not wait to long to finish it. The flavor may become altered and no longer enjoyable.
Hope you enjoyed this little experiment. Please share with my your results when you make your first batch.
Another wonderful sample graciously provided by Teavivre for review.
I have taken a rather long time to review this tea. Not because I dislike oolong or because I was just to busy or lazy to do it but rather because it is essential I be in a special mood for oolong and an even more special mood for milk oolong. You see i have a special place in my heart for milk oolong. Do you have teas like that too? For me tea is the cure to moodiness . Each satisfying one and then the others.
So finally the day has come. The setting is perfect, and my mood in the right place. I have been so patient and I am so glad I can finally reap the benefits of my resolve. I steeped the milk oolong three times each infusion a different experience, as it should be.
First, I used my Gaiwan for this special event. I went to painstaking lengths to ensure the tea-ware was clean and warmed. I used natural spring water freshly heated to 195°F (I understand it is recommended I use 212°F but I wanted multiple infusions at lower steep times and in most cases 195° F is the standard protocol.) I gave the beautifully balled oolong a quick rinse. Next, the infusions were as follows…
Temperature: Steep Time: Flavor Results:
195° F 30 seconds Light, fresh, slight milky aftertaste
195° F 1 minute Balanced, creamier, fresh milk, not enough sweetness
208° F 2 minutes Greater oolong flavor, milkiness has faded, still fresh
My favorite infusion was the second. While I did enjoy this milk oolong my favorite is still from thepuriTea. I find theirs a little sweeter and creamier. The milk plays a much stronger role than the oolong. Where here the oolong is the major contributor. So it is really based on what you want more. If you are looking for a natural milk oolong that is more prevalently milky with an oolong flavor background, go for thepuriTea. If you are looking for an incredibly fresh green oolong with a touch of fresh cream-like flavor in the background, go for Teavivre. In this case one is not better than the other as they both offer different attributes.
I enjoyed this one a lot but I was hoping it to be just a bit more in milky flavor. I am certain the qualities of this tea will vary by harvest but as for now I am grateful for the opportunity to try this and will happily complete my sample. I can’t say for sure if I will keep it in my permeant cupboard, but then again I suppose it depends on my mood. Lets just say I haven’t ruled it out.
Score: 4 out of 5
Please be gentle this is my first ever video that I have made with the intent of sharing with all my tea friends. It is a little long and a little boring but still I hope it captures my excitement I was feeling when I finally got my first chance to use this lovely Christmas gift I received from my dear husband @ralphcarterii
Just recently ordered some more Milk Oolong. The freshest batch since they restocked. I found this to be just as delicious as the last batch. The only difference I noticed is as follows…
1. More delicate
2. More subtle creamyness
3. A lot more balanced in flavor
I made this first on December 31st 2011 and used it to make the first cup of tea using the new addition to the family… My Breville One-Touch Tea Maker and it did not disappoint. I made it again today 1/5/2012 to honor my daughters 5th Birthday and served it to my family. Everyone raved about it. Even my stereotypical “big black guy” brother in-law enjoyed it. He is normally a Gatorade kinda guy. (My statement isn’t meant to offend anyone. My bother in-law would laugh at my statement and if he isn’t offended no one else should be either. I am only mentioning this because I know it may come off wrong to those who don’t know me and my humor. Thanks!)