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

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Its OK"If you are looking for an oolong that has a strong mineral twang then this is the tea for you especially as the price is very reasonable for this oolong at $14.49 for 2.63 ounces. I just can't recommend it as a milk oolong."
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After a month of working too much overtime a full weekend where I don't have to do anything but relax and putter around is manna from above. And to finish off my weekend a cup of oolong is just perfect. Especially when it is a milk oolong which I seem to equate with being a treat or an reward. As you can guess I love this variety of oolong but you really do have to watch out as a lot of oolongs wearing the name of milk are actually created using flavorings. It's just not the same at all.

This particular milk oolong was harvested in December of 2011 and is from the Heping Township in Taiwan. This is right up in the mountains over 1600 meters above sea level. The varietal used is Jinxuan. Yes I love a website that gives a lot of information about each batch of tea they sell.

The leaves are a bright olive color and are scrunched up into small fists. The aroma is a very creamy base with a delicate floral highlights. I set it up to brew using five teaspoons of leaves to 1200ml of 195 degree water. I let it steep for three minutes. The resulting liquor is almost clear with just the slightly green tint. The aroma now is mainly buttered popcorn with a hint of a floral sweetness. In looking at the leaves after they have opened I was rather surprised to find that there was a lot of stem in those little leaf nuggets.

I was already half in love with this oolong before I tasted it. I was looking for the creaminess in the texture that comes with a good milk oolong and didn't find it. There is a strong mineral taste that hits the tongue first and tries to override any other flavors. I do get whisps of graininess along with spinach and asparagus. There is also a very faint aftertaste of flowers and light that doesn't stick around.

If you are looking for an oolong that has a strong mineral twang then this is the tea for you especially as the price is very reasonable for this oolong at $14.49 for 2.63 ounces. I just can't recommend it as a milk oolong.

— 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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