Review: White August King of Buddha

Oolong Tea, White August Tea Co. Add comments
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Thumbs up!"primarily flowery (perhaps most comparable to orchids or lilacs) with an underlying and more subdued grassy quality "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7.3/10
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King of Buddha is a high mountain oolong tea. As is typical of this type of oolong, the leaves are various shades of grassy and mossy greens and the leaves are relatively tightly rolled. Predictably, the leaves opened and revealed appreciable whole-leaf size during the infusion. I used under-boiling water and a three minute infusion. The White August website does recommend a two-minute infusion, and even though I exceeded the recommended brewing guideline by one minute, the brewed tea had no unpleasant characteristics that would suggest it had been over-steeped, so it's worth pointing out that when it comes to brewing this tea doesn't seem ultra-sensitive. My impression of this tea's flavor was that it was primarily flowery (perhaps most comparable to orchids or lilacs) with an underlying and more subdued grassy quality as well. If I compare this tea to other similar oolongs I have sampled in the past, I have to note that this tea seemed to lack the buttery-nuttiness that I often taste in this type of tea. Despite the fact that I had used a relatively small volume of water to prepare this tea, the tea still had a watery essence to it. In all, though, this tea has a fresh and pleasing flavor, certainly nothing too pungent or intense. I can see this light-bodied brew appealing to those who appreciate good floral notes in an oolong tea.

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