|"A rather unusual oolong with such distinct flavors but it all works together nicely when hot however it acquires a tart aftertaste as it cools."|
Mountain Tea is a vendor that only sells teas that they have grown. They have three tea gardens and specialize in oolongs. I have sampled one of their oolongs in the past and it was quite enjoyable and very reasonably priced.
My oolong today is a LiShan that was plucked in late April. According to their site,"This late-April pluck yields a sumptuous brew that is rich with floral notes, butter cream, and cane sugar. This particular crop of LiShan oolong steeps an amazingly flavorful and aromatic cup. ".
The dry leaves are a medium olive green with a nutty, yeasty aroma. I let them steep for 2 minutes in water that is 195 degrees. The resulting liquor is a pale gold with a rather rich and creamy floral aroma that reminds me of gardenias and lilacs.
The texture of the tea is very creamy with that slight oiliness that you find in some oolongs. The flavor is very well rounded starting with a nutty base with a touch of copper. The middle reminds me almost of butterscotch with a finish that mixes caramel and molasses. A rather unusual oolong with such distinct flavors but it all works together nicely when hot however it acquires a tart aftertaste as it cools.
This is not a tea that I would purchase for my own stock as I tend to prefer a sweeter finish to my oolongs. It does have a great price point and I could see some folks really enjoying it however. I am sure that your opinion will vary from mine.
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