Review: White August King of Buddha

Oolong Tea, Ti Kuan Yin Tea, White August Tea Co. Add comments
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Thumbs up!"Overall, this tea reaches towards being a very high quality tea, but the roughness is somewhat off-putting."
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White August Tea Company was founded in 2008 by Tamara Graham and her husband, Matt. Originally having only storefront, they now use their website for sales. According to their website, They offer over 115 teas of various kinds, from flavored teas and tisanes all the way to traditional teas from China, Japan and India.

The "King of Buddha" is technically a Tie Guan Yin, which is a type of oolong that is oxidized to a lesser degree than Wuyi Yancha. The leaves of the King of Buddha are medium sized balled up leaves with a light sweet aroma. The color of the dry leaves ranges from light green, like an olive, all the way to very dark green.

This tea was brewed Gongfu Style, using 3.5 grams of leaf in a 100ml Gaiwan.

The first two infusions were merely opening up the leaves. The first came through as light and with a slightly grainy flavor and a rather powerful huigan after the gulf. There were also notable notes of tropical fruit along with some tartness. Cup two, in this case, was essentially the same.

Infusion Three had a smoother mouthfeel, with less roughness resting on the tongue and cheeks. The body in this infusion was thin, mostly due to the 10 second infusion time. The aftertaste is complex and floral.

Cup four became more bitter, with a rougher mouthfeel than the previous cup. Letting the tea cool reveals a smoother mouthfeel, slightly thicker body and more sweetness. As usual, the aftertaste is floral, complex, and longer lasting than that of previous infusions.

Cups five and six began to decline flavor wise, with less of the initial floral notes in the liquor and a more dry, grassy taste. The sweet flavor was becoming distant, but the aftertaste was still there in the fifth cup. By cup six, there was just a hint of flavor left in the cup.

Overall, this tea reaches towards being a very high quality tea, but the roughness is somewhat off-putting. Don't get me wrong though, this tea has excellent flavor and aftertaste, along with leaving a good feeling after drinking it. Despite it's shortcomings, this is very enjoyable tea.

— To purchase White August King of Buddha, 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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