Review: T-oolongtea.com Lishan Hong Xiang Milk Oolong Tea

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Thumbs up!"This tea is a near perfect offering: a high quality product yielding many pleasantly floral, creamy brews."
Sophie’s Teaview: 9.2/10
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This retailer carries an impressive catalogue of Taiwanese oolongs. The first thing that strikes me about my sample is its packaging: it's vacuum-packed in an opaque, foil-lined envelope. This kind of attention towards preserving freshness makes me think that these people are serious about selling good tea. Another thing of note is their detailed and informative website. This hand-picked tea was grown on the slopes of Lishan mountain, where many of Taiwan's famous oolongs are harvested. The tightly rolled leaf clusters are quite large, bearing vibrant green hues. The aroma is deliciously floral. There is also an elusive whiff of cream that pops up every once in a while.

The website suggests 3 brewing methods for this tea, all of which seemed a bit off to me. I played around with the brewing parameters until I found something I was happy with. I ended up preferring using a teaspoonful of leaves in 8 ounces of water heated to 90 degrees Celsius for 3 and a half minutes. Steeps using longer brewing times or hotter water were a bit too astringent to my taste, detracting from the wonderful creamy yet floral sweetness of this tea. What adds to the decadence of this cup is the syrupy feel of the body. The savoury, brothy dimension of this initial brew is also very enjoyable, making for an interesting contrast against the floral notes.

Several interesting steeps are possible. I was able to pull 5 more infusions out of the same leaves, brewing them for 30 seconds longer each time. My favourite was the third, which was the creamiest and sweetest of them all. The floral notes always seem to dominate the cup, while the milky feel and flavour of round out the finish. There are also some fruity tones present to varying degrees, under the guise of peach and apricot notes. My 6th steep was palatable but rather mild. I could probably have eked out another cup with an extra long 7th brew, but sadly there is only so much tea my bladder can handle!

This tea is a near perfect offering, being a high quality product yielding many pleasantly floral, creamy brews. I could drink this everyday without getting tired of it. It's also reasonably priced, and available in a variety of formats, including a sample size. At the risk of sounding like I'm splitting hairs, my only criticism would be the lack of water temperature in their brewing instructions. Highly recommended!

— To purchase T-oolongtea.com Lishan Hong Xiang Milk 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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