Review: Canton Tea Co. Pouchong

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Thumbs up!" It's flavor really reminded me of an oolong; Ti Guanyin particularly, thanks to its toastiness."
Geoff’s Teaview: 8.2/10
Other Teaviews: Melanie gave it 9/10, Nicole gave it 10/10, Sophie gave it 9.2/10, Daniel gave it 9.0/10
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cantonpouchongPouchong - or "baozhong", depending on your pinyin preference - is a type of tea cultivated in Fujian Province, China, and Taiwan. Characteristically, it's somewhere between a green tea and an oolong. Partial oxidation usually clumps it in with the oolongs, but it's green scent and presentation make categorizing it confusing. Canton Tea Co.'s offering hails from Taipei County, Taiwan. It marks the first green(-ish?) tea I've tried from the island nation.

The leaves for this were splendidly deep and dark green. On first impression, I thought it was an oolong. The smell was even similar to a green-style oolong, grape-like with a grassy bend. There was also a smoky impression on the nose - creamy too. It was a peculiar beast all its own on the senses.

Brewing instructions called for 1 tsp in 1 cup of 176F water, steeped for two-to-four minutes. Canton also made a point to mention that this was a forgiving green tea. It certainly seemed resilient enough. I adhered to the measurements and steeped it for three.

The liquor brewed to a sparkling, light green with a kelpy scent wafting from the cup steam. It's flavor really reminded me of an oolong; Ti Guanyin particularly, thanks to its toastiness. A fruity finish was still there, only slightly echoed by a grassy middle. I can see why this is sometimes considered an intermediate type of tea. I'm hard-pressed to call it a green tea or an oolong. "Pouchong" could've stood for "missing link" for all I knew. A very decent and deceptive "gr-oolong" tea.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Pouchong, 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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