|"Complex, robust yet balanced, this is a high quality Wuyi oolong. It hits all the requisite notes, with lots of toasted grain, black currant and wood flavours. Definitely a good, solid buy!"|
Nature’s Tea Leaf’s website lists a whole range of amazing benefits to drinking this tea, namely weight loss, liver, dental and digestive health. It would be great if links to statistically sound references supporting these claims were also included. Looking at my sample, the large, loosely twisted leaves display a deep maroon hue. Their aroma is a sweet combination of mocha and pipe tobacco notes.
I followed the directions posted on the site, infusing a heaping teaspoonful of leaves in 250ml of water heated to 90 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The rusty brown cup’s aroma is scented with mocha and toasted barley notes. Quite hefty while very hot, the top notes have a coffee-like quality to them, along with some strong barley flavours. Their intensity decreases as the tea cools. The finish is fruity and smooth though, with hints of black currant and elderberry. The feel is a little astringent in a resinous sort of way, the tea thickly coating the mouth. Overall the cup strikes a nice balance between very flavourful, rugged notes and more subtle, fruity tones.
I try a second cup, brewing the leaves for 4 minutes. The flavours of the start and finish are more integrated now. A hint of vanilla has appeared, that is very nice paired with the mocha and berry tones. A tangy element to the profile has also surfaced, reminding me of sour plums. This is a gentler but more well-rounded cup.
I steep the leaves a third time for 5 and a half minutes. The results are much more muted this time around, the flavour profile being very mineral at this point. The finish has some interesting honey and cinnamon notes but for the most part, the sip is rather bland.
Complex, robust yet balanced, this is a high quality Wuyi oolong. It hits all the requisite notes, with lots of toasted grain, black currant and wood flavours. This offering is a good gateway for coffee drinkers converting to tea (or alternately for tea drinkers who miss drinking coffee). Definitely a good, solid buy!
— To purchase Nature’s Tea Leaf Wuyi Narcissus 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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