|"Reminiscent of fall and apple pies, an oolong that is a delight to savor."|
There are just some teas that are meant to drink, to savor, to offer to all who step within. This oolong from Canton Tea Co. is one of those special teas. I have been delighting in my sample of this tea for a few days now and it hasn’t disappointed once. It is an oolong that cries for being resteeped as it just keeps getting creamier each time.
Now that I have sung its praises, onto the review itself. My sample consists of smaller nuggets that are a medium green in color. The aroma of the dried leaves is spicy with just a tinge of fruitiness. It almost reminds me of an apple pie. Not an aroma that I have ran across before in an oolong.
I set out to brew this delight up according to their website. Speaking of Canton Tea’s website, it is a delight. If you have a couple hours, check it out. You can really learn a lot about Chinese teas.
In the first brew, the aroma of the apples has faded. Now it is a warming scent of oolong leavened with spices, cinnamon and allspice. Just perfect for a chilly morning.
The taste is one that I want to wallow in. This tea is medium bodied, perfect to roll about on your taste buds. Reminding me of fall, I am able to pick up bits of apples, perhaps peaches all leavened with a spicy taste. There is just a bit of a bite towards the back of the throat on the first steep and it gains a bit of bitterness at one point as it cools and then that fades away.
I have been able to get up to four enjoyable steeps out of this tea brewing it Western style. Each subsequent steep is creamier with the third time around being the best in my opinion. Lovely tea all the way around. I can easily see why it took a gold medal in ’09.
— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Anxi Rou Gui Oolong Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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