Review: Canton Tea Co. Yellow Gold Oolong

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Thumbs up!"Buttery and slightly spicy. Warm and comforting."
CJ’s Teaview: 9/10
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cantonuellowoolongThe Chinese name for this tea is, "Huang Jin Gui" which means "gold osmanthus" or "golden cinnamon flower."

I found that a rather poetic and descriptive name for these large,  balled leaves of deep green, swirled with neon yellow.  The dry leaf had very little aroma, but once I added the prescribed 185 degree water, it released an intense, butter and honeysuckle perfume.

I brewed it for 2 to 3 minutes, using a teaspoon of leaves per six ounces of water.  It was pleasant, but had no aftertaste or bite to it. Since I prefer a full and lingering mouth, I let it steep for  5 minutes.  It brightened right up, unleashing astringent and spicy-sweet notes,  suggestive of a mild cinnamon.

If you like a more delicate flavor that finishes without a trace, you'll enjoy several, shorter infusions that were more flower-like, less buttery, but altogether sweet and refreshing.  Using about two teaspoons of leaves per 6 ounce cup will give you about three light batches.  A longer, stronger flavor lasts half as long.

Such an elegant tea tastes more expensive than it is.  I think it's a gift everyone should give themselves and others.  I rate it a 9.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Yellow Gold 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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