Review: Naivetea Mu Zha Tie Guan Yin Oolong

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Thumbs up!"It has a nutty, sweet flavour, like candied pecans."
Katie’s Teaview: 8.1/10
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Naivetea specialises in oolongs, and they specialise very well. This particular one is from Mu Zha in Northern Taiwan, and it's 35% oxidised and 45% roasted. Generally, I prefer my oolongs on the jade side, but I can't resist anything Naivetea sends to Teaviews.

I put 1 tablespoon of the deep brown, small rolled leaves into a 6-ounce teapot then steep at 200° for 50 seconds. I get a pale amber liquor with a brilliant, nutty scent. It's medium-bodied and smooth with a soft mouthfeel. It has a nutty, sweet flavour, like candied pecans. There's a citrus acidity with a mild woodiness that turns into a strong roasted woodiness in the aftertaste. There's a sweet, lingering finish. It's a complex cup but surprisingly easy to drink.

My 40-second second steep is not as sweet as the first, but it's picked up a mild creaminess. There's a slight smokiness that blends with the wood notes nicely. I get a total of 7 steeps from the leaf, at 50 seconds, 60s, 70s, 90s, and 2 minutes.

I next try this coldbrewed, adding 1.5 Tablespoons to 50 ounces tap water then letting it sit overnight. It, unsurprisingly, lacks the complexity of my hot steeps, but a little leaf goes a surprisingly long way. It's nutty, sweet, and extremely refreshing.

This is a versatile leaf, good either hot or cold. It's relatively easy to make, despite its complexity. Another 'must buy' from Naivetea.

— To purchase Naivetea Mu Zha Tie Guan Yin Oolong, 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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