|"As I drank this tea I was brought back to Fall with pumpkins, brick buildings and school. This is a tea I'd picture prestigious IV league professors would be drinking while grading papers."|
Whittard is a company located in the UK that embraces the British tea spirit. Started by Walter Whittard in 1886, this company sure has a history. Starting back during the second World War, by 1935 Walter’s sons took over the family tea business continuing to “Buy The Best” teas from around the world. Whittard sells 130 tea varieties and blends their own teas and infusions. They also sell freshly ground coffee beans and 18 different kinds of hot chocolate! Boy I’d love to get my hands on some of their hot chocolate, it looks delicious.
I received a Chinese Oolong from Whittard. The leaves aren’t tightly rolled as with most oolongs, these leaves are dark black and are long and wiry. They have a very deep scent of caramel and coffee beans. This oolong is from the Fujian Province, not the best place for oolong compared to Taiwan, but good enough we’ll see.
I was a bit disappointed in the lack of brewing instructions on Whittard’s website so I chose to go with the typical 1 tablespoon for my 2 cup tea pot (16 ounces) and filled it almost all the way with water at 190 F after rinsing the leaves. At 45 seconds this oolong has a very pale yellow liquor with a sweet, smokey taste to it. At 2 minutes the color deepens into a marigold orangish yellow and is medium bodied. The taste is still sweet and smokey but a floral aftertaste almost reminiscent of honey develops. Whittard’s China Oolong has a very black tea feel and taste to it, similar to a black Darjeeling.
As I drank this tea I was brought back to Fall with pumpkins, brick buildings and school. This is a tea I’d picture prestigious IV league professors would be drinking while grading papers. Of course, if you’re not an IV league, or even if it’s not fall it’s a very enjoyable cup. A little different pace for me compared to all the lighter oolongs I’ve been enjoying.
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