Review: T-oolongtea.com Shanlinxi Long Feng Xia Oolong

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Thumbs up!"Smooth and creamy, with lots of generous floral and fruit notes, and the possibility of re-steeping the leaves numerous times, this tea is definitely a great buy!"
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This high altitude oolong is described having “honeysuckle-like flavors and a sweet long lasting aftertaste”. Harvested in May 2012, this semi-oxidized, unroasted oolong comes vacuumed packed in a foil bag, so I am sure the leaves are at their freshest. The vibrant, almost iridescent-looking, rolled leaf nuggets have a faint grass and wild flower aroma to them.

I steeped a heaping teaspoonful of nuggets in 8 ounces of water heated to 95 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. A very fragrant tea, its buttery honey aroma wafts from the cup as soon as I pour the water on the leaves. The clear, pale yellow cup has a touch of young greens to it but the sweet floral notes dominate. The long lasting finish is a combination of springtime blooms, peach, pineapple and vanilla. The tea has a smooth, creamy feel. However a slightly astringent mineral quality develops as the tea cools.

I steeped the leaves again for 4 minutes. The floral notes are possibly even more prominent now, making a pleasant contrast with the mineral astringency of the finish. Smooth, sweet and creamy, this cup is just as satisfying as the previous one.

I managed to get two more decent steeps out of the leaves. Following a 5 and a half minutes brew, my third steep is nuttier and milder in comparison. There is still lots of fruity sweetness to the profile and thus the cup completely worthwhile. My fourth and last steep was much thinner in feel. After 7 minutes, the sweet fruity notes are the only ones left standing. The grassy and mineral aspects of the flavour profile have disappeared. Impressively, there is no astringency or bitterness to be found.

I have also had a chance to sample the 2011 harvest of this tea. Looking at my previous review, this year's crop is less nutty and herbaceous in taste. Normally very affordable, the price of this tea has been even further reduced at the time of writing. Smooth and creamy, with lots of generous floral and fruit notes, and the possibility of re-steeping the leaves numerous times, this tea is definitely a great buy!

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