|"In terms of a good tasting & fresh tasting oolong with superbly lustrous body and delightful notes of artichoke, this is a pleasing one."|
I heated my water to about 185 degrees and used 1 tsp per 8 ounces of tea, allowing a 3 minute steep.
The first infusion is golden cider in color with a sweet but not particularly milky scent. It is greenish in taste to start (meaning somewhat vegetal rather than floral) with a semi sweet taste to it overall and notes of artichoke with a buttery finish. As the tea cools even slightly, pleasant artichoke sweet vegetal flavors become prominent and are complimented very well by a buttery, substantial creaminess to the body of the tea. As a result of the rich buttery smoothness, this tea comes across as heavy and creamy in the mouth - it's very pleasant body wise.
I enjoy very much the fullness of this tea. It's pretty enjoyable in all regards. The artichoke flavor is nice and true and tasty and I appreciate that this milk oolong doesn't have the super sweet, distinctly flavored milk taste that some do. I don't know that everyone looking for a milk oolong will be thrilled with this, though. This is a natural oolong, rather than a naturally flavored one.
I loved the artichoke-vegetal notes. The buttery/buttermilk smoothness is also fully enjoyable. My caveat above about the overall "milkiness" of this oolong stand...there aren't sweet cream, caramel or other over the top milk-y flavors in this one. But in terms of a good tasting & fresh tasting oolong with superbly lustrous body, this is a pleasing tea.
One other caveat...I did find this tea to be somewhat finicky. My first attempt at brewing was not a standout and I wasn't overly impressed to start. Zen Tara recommends 180 degrees and a one to two minute steep time. I would tend to suggest starting here and experimenting if you choose. I used a 195 degree water temperature with my first brewings and this was a discourtesy to the leaf.
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