Review: White August King of Buddha

Oolong Tea, White August Tea Co. Add comments
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Its OK"It's floral and light-bodied, an easy and refreshing cup."
Katie’s Teaview: 6.2/10
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I've got one major complaint with this tea right off the bat, and it's an easy one for White August Tea Company to change, so eventually this may (hopefully) be moot. I don't mind paying a premium price for premium tea, but I really prefer when buying premium leaf that the amount I pay correlates to the amount of information available. I like to know varietal and harvest time (spring, summer, etc.), and I especially want to know the harvest country. There's very little information on the site right now, including no home country. Some may not see this as a big deal, bit it's important to me. Again, easily changed.

I steep one heaping teaspoon at 190° for two minutes. The tea is milky with a hint of grassy vegetal flavour. While sweet and calming, it is minimalist, even for a jade oolong. There's a nice hay flavour to the base of the sip and an almost cloying milkiness. It's not a creaminess, just milkiness. There isn't much aftertaste or depth or liveliness to the tea. I don't mind simplicity, but I want to find a tea in this price range more compelling.

Steep two is three and a half minutes. I prefer this to the first steep, with its lingering grassy vegetal aftertaste. While better, it still lacks the wow of a great jade oolong. I pull out a 5-minute third steep, but I'm uninspired enough I don't try for more.

A decent, even good, oolong. It's floral and light-bodied, an easy and refreshing cup. It has a light flavour, texture, and body, so much so that it more resembles water with the essence of a tea rather than a tea itself. I will certainly enjoy the rest of my sample, but I wouldn't buy it for myself.

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