Review: Zen Tara Tea Organic Milk Oolong

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Thumbs up!"In terms of a good tasting & fresh tasting oolong with superbly lustrous body and delightful notes of artichoke, this is a pleasing one."
Jamie’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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A light, creamy scent emanates from the tightly bound jade colored leaves of this organic milk oolong offering from Zen Tara Teas.

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.

— To purchase Zen Tara Tea Organic Milk Oolong, 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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