|"There are a variety of flavors coming through, but for me the primary notes are the roasty-toasty and fruity flavors. While not the strongest flavor this tea has to offer, the cinnamon component is substantial enough to capture my attention. "|
This oolong is a roasted oolong, which is certainly my preferred style of oolong tea. The Canton website states that this tea “requires expert roasting and oxidation to ensure that the renowned delicate cinnamon aroma can be released when infused”.
The dry leaves are long and crunchy, with an intense aroma of smoke, minerals and ripe fruits. Canton suggests a very brief (as in 4-seconds) initial infusion, with subsequent infusions of the same leaves increasing in steep length. As I was preparing this tea to take with me on the road, I had to prepare one large pot all at once. I opted for 200-degree water and a one-minute infusion. The tea is a beautiful honey brown color with an intriguing and complex aroma. The flavor is truly wonderful. There are a variety of flavors coming through, but for me the primary notes are the roasty-toasty and fruity flavors. But really, there is a whole lot going on with this tea if you take the time to savor each sip and contemplate the variety of flavors present. I am not sure if it is the power of persuasion, but I have to say that I really do notice a cinnamon component in the aroma and the flavor of the brewed tea. While not the strongest flavor this tea has to offer, the cinnamon component is substantial enough to capture my attention. The Canton Tea website also mentions floral notes being a primary flavor, but personally I found the floral element to be rather delicate. In all, this is a captivating tea that I thoroughly enjoyed, as is the case with most of the excellent products offered by Canton Tea Company. This tea was equally delicious hot or at room temperature, and is the type of tea that will serve you well all day. I highly recommend this tea to anyone who favors roasted oolongs. As I write this, this product, although still likely to be considered on the pricy side my many people, is being sold at a discounted price to account for the fact that this tea was designated as being best for consumption in 2012 (one year after the production of the tea). If you have uber-sensitive taste buds, you may not enjoy this tea much in 2013, but I think that most of us will be able to happily drink this tea in 2013 without noticing a reduced quality of the tea.
— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Wuyi Rou Gui Oolong (Cinnamon), 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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