Reviews of Onomea Tea and Services

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The Reviews  of Onomea Tea:

This Onomea Black Tea from the Big Island of Hawaii is a rewarding tea experience from first aroma all the way through the 4th and 5th steeping. The moment you open the pouch of this tea your senses are greeted with an enticing aroma of the sweet roasting of caramel and an array of exotic fruits. How appropriate for a tea organically grown and processed in Hawaii. It mirrors the experience one has when embarking from your flight to Hawaii and being engulfed with lush tropic aromas.

The experience continues as you examine the dry leaf which clearly reflects a hand-crafted artisan tea. The dry leaf reminds me of the hand-crafted black teas that come from the high mountain tea regions of Taiwan. The dry tea leaves are beautifully twisted with the plenty of young buds. Examining the leaves one can see the time, care and craftsmanship that went into the plucking, withering and production of this exceptional black tea.

This tea brought me back to a Sichuan black tea I experienced in my early tea drinking days. I have tried to find a similar black tea ever since and this Onomea Black Tea is the closest I’ve found to that Sichuan black tea experience.

The wonderful dried fruit, warm caramel and vanilla aroma is accompanied by a smooth full rich mouth through 3 steeps before it tapers off quickly in steeps 4 and 5. The color in the cup is a clear medium caramel tone with orange highlight and I see the color speaking directly to the care that has gone into the processing of this tea. The clarity and cleanness of the color and mouth says “organic.” I know often in the Specialty Tea industry the discussion over whether “organic” impacts the final flavor in the cup is debated, in this case this tea is so very clean and bright in its aroma, color in the cup and mouth experience that one would have to agree this “organic” black tea delivers.

I think in time as the tea bush begins to gather experience in the ground, the plant becomes older this tea will develop into quite a treasure. The artisan care, wonderful terroir and the control of tannins makes this a black tea that is not to be missed.

~Alan Laszuk,Tea Consultant

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