Review: Origin Tea Mid-Fire Alishan Rei Li 2012 Spring

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Thumbs up!"This tea has a wonderful orchid fragrance that I would love to turn into a perfume. I keep seeing green tea fragrances, how about an oolong one?"
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OriginTealogoIt looks like today is going to be another scorcher but I really can't resist brewing up a pot of hot tea. I find that hot tea actually cools me down and it tastes so good. That's not to say that I don't also drink gallons of iced tea.

My tea today is from Origin Tea which is a small company based in Thailand. They focus on oolongs and pu'erh teas. Their website does have a currency converter however it is missing a search engine which would definitely come in handy. I wasn't even able to find the tea that I am reviewing today on the website but that very well could be because they are sold out of it. One thing that I do appreciate is the fact that they have fairly large samples of all their teas available for sale.

The leaves of today's tea have been folded up into little fists and they are a dark evergreen to black in color. This tea has a wonderful orchid fragrance that I would love to turn into a perfume. I keep seeing green tea fragrances, how about an oolong one?

I set the leaves up to steep using 190 degree water and a steep time of 2 minutes. The resulting liquor is a beautiful golden amber brown. The aroma still have a strong orchid component but there now a nuttiness to it that really compliments the floral scent.

This tea has a creamy, slightly oily texture that you find in some good oolongs. It has a fairly sweet top note which leads into a nutty flavor that reminds me of hazelnuts. Finishing it all up nicely is a touch of citrus tartness and just a hint of spice from closes. There isn't much of an aftertaste instead there is a bit of dryness that remains on the tip of the tongue.

While this isn't my favorite oolong, I found this tea to be quite palatable and wouldn't be adverse to drinking some if it was offered to me. And tastes will vary as my roommate grabbed a cup and just loved it.

— To purchase Origin Tea Mid-Fire Alishan Rei Li 2012 Spring, 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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