Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The primary flavors I pick up are the roast/smoke and earth, but the tea is also remarkably sweet which helps to balance out the other flavors."|
I personally love roasted oolong teas, so I was more than happy to sample and review this tea. The leaves are presented as large irregularly shaped nuggets with the leaves tightly rolled. This tea came from the Spring 2012 harvest and was roasted in May. According to the website, the leaves are roasted only with Taiwan Longan wood or Taiwan Acacia wood. I brewed this tea using sub-boiling water and infusing for . The leaves did not fully unfold during the first infusion, but were still rather voluminous. The brew is a beautiful amber color with an assertive roasted aroma. The tea is light-bodied, but still very flavorful. The primary flavors I pick up are the roast/smoke and earth, but the tea is also remarkably sweet which helps to balance out the other flavors. The roasted essence of this tea is warm and comforting. This is an easy-drinking tea, very pleasing and very soothing. As I sipped, the toasty aroma wafted to my nose, making for a nice multi-sensory experience. I found that letting this tea cool substantially after brewing was the most enjoyable, although I did also enjoy it while it was hot immediately after brewing it too.
As with any respectable oolong, these leaves allow for multiple infusions. I found later brews to be increasingly lighter-bodied but maintaining the earthy notes that I tasted in the first infusion. The sweetness was definitely much reduced in the later infusions.
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