|"The flavor of this tea is, by general tea standards, still rather light. Yet by oolong standards, it is a rich and flavorful multi-facted drink."|
The flavor of this tea is, by general tea standards, still rather light. Yet by oolong standards, it is a rich and flavorful multi-facted drink. The two main elements that my tastebuds pick up on are the toasty and burnt sugar flavors, although neither is necessarily strong or pungent. The tea is light-bodied and the overall feel is still mild. I enjoyed this tea both hot and at room temperature. It is an easy-drinking tea that is ideal for all-day drinking from a large pot. Even though it is summer in Miami, I found this tea refreshing because of its gentle and light-bodied nature.
The Wan Ling website suggests that buyers purchase enough to drink now as well as store and age for later use. They also mention the following: "Please note it is highly recommended that after 3 years this tea is baked or pan dried to allow the tea to continue ageing in optimal conditions" and "Storage should be in a partially air tight container, preferably made from Zi Sha or porcelain". I imagine that these very specific instructions can be intimidating to the average tea drinker that just wants to enjoy a decent cup of oolong. So I guess you can make as much or as little of a process with this tea as you want. At the very least, you can buy enough to enjoy in the present, as it is a sweet and delicious oxidized oolong.
— To purchase Wan Ling Tea House Tie Guan Yin – Heavy Oxidisation (2010), 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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