|"While I tend to prefer the 'greener' oolongs, this is not one that I can recommend especially as I do enjoy letting my teas cool off some so I can really savor the flavors that come out."|
Have you ever wished that you could have the option of choosing the teas that you would receive as part of a subscription service? Well Craft of Tea allows that or you can let them choose what you will get each month. And if you aren’t interested in a subscription at all, well then you can just go an purchase their teas outright. I do admit that I really like having the choice since I do belong to a couple subscription services but since I don’t care for green teas, I end up giving away a lot of teas.
My sample today is an Oolong that the blurb states is grown in the mountains of Taiwan and is 25 to 40% oxidized. The leaves have been folded up into little balls and are a medium olive color. The aroma is fresh and reminds of green, growing plants with just a hint of woodiness.
I set up the leaves to brew using the 185 degree water and a steep time of 3 minutes that is recommended for this tea. The liquor is a pale gold that reminds me a white wine with a delicate floral aroma.
A lighter tea with a pleasing floral top note of lilacs, it has a very smooth, pleasant flavor when hot. As it cools however this tea develops a strong mineral twang and bitterness that tries to overpower the sweetness of the lilacs. There is also a lingering, woody aftertaste that isn’t entirely pleasant.
While I tend to prefer the ‘greener’ oolongs, this is not one that I can recommend especially as I do enjoy letting my teas cool off some so I can really savor the flavors that come out. In the case of this oolong however it is best when it is hot and very freshly brewed. I also found the price high for a tea that turns bitter so quickly and doesn’t have a lot of info about the style of oolong.
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