|"Notes of peach are indeed prevalent as promised, but any hint of cream followed by a "buttery mouthfeel" is lacking. "|
Despite the much-warranted applause for a straight tea devoid of supplementing additives, the brew of the Jin Xuan is significantly less akin to a top-notch milk oolong. Ironically, I had not assumed the tea to be a milk oolong at all, likening its flavor profile more to an everyday albeit enjoyable brew.
With leaves slightly darker in green than the majority of milk oolongs I have personally encountered, Mountain Tea's oolong elicits a raised floral aroma, muting the creamy sweet characteristic associated with such a tea. While certainly pleasant, each brew is relatively unbalanced, missing much of an essential sweeter side. Notes of peach are indeed prevalent as promised, but any hint of cream followed by a "buttery mouthfeel" is lacking.
I should make a careful note in my brewing methods, as Mountain Tea recommends a cooler water temperature for best bringing about the leaves' natural sweetness. Of course, nearly any oolong should maintain the majority of its flavor profile under a standard 190°F. A brewing temperature of 185°F, however, is recommended, and it would be worthwhile to experiment with temperatures as low as 175°F. I will concede that a lower water temperature could potentially uplift the Jin Xuan's cream and milk elements, but nothing of the sort existed under a temperature just a few degrees higher.
As already mentioned, I was entirely unaware of the tea being a milk oolong - this even after having enjoyed several brews. Regardless, Mountain Tea's Green Jin Xuan makes for a delightful brew and gives off every proper indication of a carefully crafted tea. Price considered, the tea becomes all the more enticing. Price entirely aside, however, the leaves fall short of a reputable milk oolong.
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