Review: SerendipiTea Milk Oolong

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Lynn’s Teaview Snapshot
Not Great"This produced a light golden liquor with a sweet, light floral fragrance, rather than creamy. It had a bit of the tongue-coating feel I was expecting, but was more sweet and floral in flavor than milky."
Lynn’s Teaview: 4/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 6.5/10, Jamie gave it 6/10, Shaiha gave it 9.1/10, Katie gave it 6.9/10, Laura gave it 6.75/10
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serendipteamilkoolongMilk oolong is a rare and wondrous tea. A good one has a thick, creamy, tongue-coating, rich flavor and a creamy scent to match. There are those in the tea world who question its very existence, insisting that it must be artificially flavored. I can say from experience that there are real ones out there. One tea in particular from another vendor stood up to 30 gong fu brewings. I really don’t believe that an artificial flavor would remain true and vibrant for that many. So I am in the camp that believes it is a product of its unique terroir and cultivar. It is a lightly oxidized tea made from the Jin Xuan cultivar usually grown in the Alishan Mountains in southern Taiwan, a place of clouds and mist. Seredipitea’s offering comes from Nantou, Taiwan.

The leaves were rolled into fairly large, crumpled nuggets which were a medium dark olive green with a sprinkling of lighter shades. The scent was faintly floral and milky.

I brewed three teaspoons of dry leaf gong fu style in a 5 oz Yixing teapot, using 190F water and let it steep for 30 seconds. This produced a light golden liquor with a sweet, light floral fragrance. It had a bit of the tongue-coating feel I was expecting, but was more sweet and floral in flavor than milky. The finish was drying and floral, with a pleasant amount of fragrance in the mouth. However, it was all rather thin.

The leaves had swelled to nearly fill the small pot, and were still quite wrinkled. I smoothed out a few and found them to be about and inch and a half long. A second steep of one minute produced a slightly darker liquor with a little cloudiness. Once again it was sweet and fragrant, with a thin flavor that now had a tinge of bitterness in the sip and finish and lacked any milky note at all. It was quite drying. So far I was underwhelmed.

I decided to give it one more chance, with another one minute steep. It was lightly fragrant, drying, mildly bitter, with mouth fragrance and some coating feel, but very little flavor.

As an Alishan oolong, this tea was wanting. As a milk oolong, it was unimpressive. Sorry to say I can’t recommend this one.

— To purchase SerendipiTea Milk 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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