Review: Teayama Darjeeling Oolong

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Thumbs up!"Although this is an oolong instead of a black tea, there is no denying this tea's Darjeeling roots. Strong muscatel flavor with terrific peach-floral notes that kept the tea light and interesting."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7.8/10
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teayamadarjeelingsssssWhen most people (including me) think of Darjeeling tea, they probably think of black tea. Teayama's Darjeeling Oolong is an exception to that expectation; Chinese-originated tea plant variety has been grown in Darjeeling and processed like an oolong tea instead of a black tea. The dry tea consists of large, fluffy leaves of various colors and degree of curling. Some are very large and open, clearly displaying their light green hues. Others are more tightly rolled and show a dark brown or black color. I couldn't find tea preparation recommendations on the Teayama website, so I used sub-boiling water to steep a heaping teaspoon of leaves for three minutes. The prepared tea is a dark honey color with that undeniable and distinct Darjeeling aroma wafting off it. Although this is an oolong instead of a black tea, there is no denying this tea's Darjeeling roots. The muscatel flavor is present, thereby making it comparable to Darjeeling black teas, however the tea is lighter-bodied than black teas. I also noticed terrific peachy-floral notes that kept the tea light and interesting. While I did appreciate the flavor of this tea, I did notice a mild bitterness which I personally did not love. My main issue with this tea is that it doesn't fit the stereotypical profiles of neither a Darjeeling nor an Oolong, meaning this tea may have a limited fan base. This tea may not be for everyone, but if you are given the opportunity to sample it, I suggest you do so. It has many interesting qualities and a rather sophisticated flavor profile.

— To purchase Teayama Darjeeling 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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