Review: T-oolongtea.com Lishan Tian Fu Oolong Tea

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Thumbs up!"Not particularly exciting, but it's satisfying, a great everyday oolong."
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This Spring 2012 tea is from Lishan, otherwise known as Pear Mountain. The main thing I love about T-Oolong Tea is that they have quality oolongs at accessible prices, especially important for teas with a reputation as esteemed as Lishan. I don't mind paying top dollar for top quality, but I find few things as disappointing as paying a premium price for a tea that has a premium name but is actually pretty average. So I find companies whose pricing I trust and stick with them, like these guys.

The leaves are yellow and green and surprisingly dull rather than vibrant with the pleasant sheen I like to see on high mountain oolongs. I steep at 180° for 2.5 minutes. The cup is creamy and oily, coating the mouth and leaving a lingering mineral flavour. Overall, it's not particularly exciting, but it's satisfying, a great everyday oolong.

My 3-minute second steep is less oily and coating, but it's more interesting. The mineral flavour is stronger now, accented with notes of steamed spinach and a hit of acidity. My third and fourth steeps are similar to the second, leading gently into the mild, simple fifth steep. I doubt this tea will stick in my memory for long; it just doesn't stand out overmuch. It was, as always from T-Oolong Tea, quite satisfying.

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