|"Delicious oolong that is great for multiple steeps. Well worth picking some up."|
I just love getting the chance to check out the oolongs that Canton Tea Co. offers. I haven't been disappointed yet and they have such a nice variety. This particular oolong is a heavily roasted rock oolong made by master tea-maker Li Yongyuan. It was harvested back in the spring of 2011.
The dry leaves do have a smoky aroma with just the faintest hint of flowers. The liquor, which is a lighter coppery brown, has more of a floral aroma. It is a rich vanilla and gardenia fragrance.
I was able to get four steeps out of the leaves before they started to give up the ghost. My first impression was one of creaminess. The tea has a heavier mouth feel with a lingering sweet aftertaste. The flavors of sweet potatoes and honey really contribute to this.
My second steep was actually my favorite. The wonderful creaminess was still present. In fact it was even creamier on this steep. The flavors that came to the forefront was a floral sweetness along with a slight nuttiness. Then there was a honey sweetness that really stuck around.
In both the third and the fourth steep the creaminess has faded away however the flavors of honey, gardenias and hazelnuts are still very much present. These cup were very enjoyable as I was able to focus more on the flavors rather then the texture. I probably would have been able to get yet another pot of tea but the flavors were starting to fade on the fourth steep.
• Water Temp: 200 degrees
• Time: 2.5 minutes
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