|"This is one of the few milk oolongs I’ve come across that actually delivers a realistic, naturally milky flavour. This tea also tastes great cold, allows for multiple steepings, and has a reasonable price point: an all around winner! "|
Grown at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mt Ali, this type of oolong is known for it’s milky taste and sweet floral notes. The blackish green leaves have been rolled into tight little nuggets. These seem to be on the small side for a high altitude oolong. Their scent is quite sweet, with a tart undertone, mixing lilac and strawberry notes – it’s quite a mouthwatering combination!
I brew a generous teaspoonful in 250ml of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 2 and a half minutes. The resulting pale gold cup offers a light floral fragrance. Taking a sip, the top notes are full of toasted grains, particularly oats. The flavours get progressively more floral, ending with an intensely sweet finish. There is a creamy tinge to the sweeter tones but these are not outright milky.
My second brew is much more successful as far as milky flavours are concerned. After 3 minutes, a slightly mineral, yet convincing milk taste has developed. There are still lots of toasted grains present. The sweetness of the aftertaste of the previous cup has pretty much receded into the background though.
I manage to pull 2 more respectable steeps from the leaves, following a 4 and a 5 minute long brew. The flavours veer back towards sweeter tones, featuring mild tart stone fruit and floral notes. The milky taste is still there but the grassier and more mineral aspects of the cup progressively take up more space. A more patient tea drinker than I would be able to pull another decent cup from the leaves I’m sure.
This is one of the few milk oolongs I’ve come across that actually delivers a realistic, naturally milky flavour. The toasted grains and flower notes are nice complements, but can sometimes overshadow it, especially during the first steep. It would be worth experimenting with the brewing parameters to see what might come out of a gongfu style infusion or using cooler water temperatures. This tea also tastes great cold, making it a good candidate for summertime concoctions, and allows for multiple steepings. Combined with a reasonable price point, this offering is an all around winner!
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