Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"it has a rather full body by oolong standards, and a rich flavor that balances sweet, toast, fruit, and mineral notes"|
This oolong is my first experience with Origin Tea, a rather simple company based out of Taiwan and which offers a moderate variety of oolong and puerh teas. While I was hoping to read more details about the tea I am currently sampling, unfortunately I am unable to locate this tea on the Origin Tea's website. So I cannot even be sure that this tea would be readily available to anyone who might be interested in checking out this tea after reading this review. However, while I could not find the 2012 version of the ALishan mid-fire oolong, I did find a 2011 version, so I am going to assume (and perhaps that is an improper assumption) that the 2011 and 2012 versions are at least somewhat similar. This tea is a middle-of-the-road oolong, meaning that is has medium levels of oxidation (as do most oolongs)and roasting. I tend to prefer the roasted oolongs to the green oolongs myself, but I can't recall having sampled one of these types of mid-roasted oolongs before. From first glance and first sniff, it does seem that this tea more resembles a roasted oolong than a green oolong. The tea is rolled into tight pellets and are a dark greenish-brown color. I brewed the leaves in just-under-boiling water for three minutes. The leaves opened up a little, but even after two infusions, they did not fully unfold. A rather strong and distinct roasty aroma comes off the steeping leaves. This tea was very satisfying to me, as it has a rather full body by oolong standards, and a rich flavor that balances sweet, toast, fruit, and mineral notes. The flavor is not overly intense, but it is quite pleasant and does linger for a bit on my tongue. If I could locate this product on the vendor website, I would probably consider buying some, as it is a pretty delicious brew. I can't say that I would be able to identify it as a mid-fire roasted oolong,as it tastes pretty much like full-roasted oolongs to me, but still I really enjoyed this brew.
— 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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