There are a few places around town that sell Ito En’s bottled teas. So occasionally, amid shelves full of horrid syrrupy-sweet, fruity flavored drinks with a bit of tea in them, I can find a product I’m willing to drink. These particular Ito-en teas are unsweetened, either just tea, or just tea with one additional plant ingredient, like jasmine or lemon grass. So they taste good – they taste like tea.
But one thing that I have noticed is that at least one of these cold bottled teas comes in two completely different types of packaging. Depending where I see it offered for sale, “Golden Oolong” comes in either of these two bottles. The tea inside the two bottles is identical, but the way they appear on the market shelf is not. In fact they look so different I suspect many people would assume they’re a different drink. (Or more likely they wouldn’t encounter the variations at all. I can’t imagine the same store carrying both of them.)
The version sold in upscale, trendy or “natural food” type markets is branded “Teas’ Tea” and the back of the bottle has text about health benefits, specifically anti-oxidants, catechins, theanine and caffeine content. As you can see in the photograph, the labels are primarily blue, yellow and green. The bottles sold in Asian markets are bright orange, yellow, red, and gold, with half the text in Chinese. The back says:
The tea leaves used for this Golden Oolong are flowery, fragrant Huan jin guei “Golden Cinnamon”, and hearty and ripe Tieguanyin “Iron Goddess”. Oolong tea is semi oxidized, making it unique from green and black teas. Enjoy its robust and clean taste.
Since so much of the text is in English I assume this packaging also made specifically for the American market, but it might not be. I checked Ito En’s website and could only find information on the other one.
Aside from its chameleon-like properties, the Golden Oolong tastes quite good. Cold, out of a plastic bottle is definitely not my preferred way to consume tea, but under the right circumstances it’s a pretty pleasant drink.
Possibly Related Posts:
Spring danced its dance – cups filled. Wonder.The scent of life floats through the air, as if for the first time. Become.Caged in winter the song of tea opens us up. Consumed. Image provided and copyright held by author Read more articles by this author here!
There is a trend – especially among millennials – around convenience and delivery. We are seeing the rapid rise of companies like grub hub, door dash, and uber eats providing food and grocery deliveries. This wave of delivery services, for the most part, outsources deliveries to freelance drivers. While the … Continue reading