Review: Canton Tea Company Hong Shui

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Thumbs up!"The initial cup is wonderful from the start - sweet and dry, full-flavored, aromatic, and entirely drinkable. A second infusion is even more flavorful and enjoyable. A third infusion presents the sweetest and smoothest cup yet!"
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It's been quite a while since I've really gone "wow!" after sampling a new tea. Especially an oolong. Maybe I'm becoming jaded or spoiled or something. But then along comes a tea like Canton's Hong Shui, and it brings the sparkle back in my eye.

Hong Shui translates to "red water", and is a playful reference to the reddish hue of this tea's liquor. The dried leaves are an intriguing rainbow of muted colors - greys, browns, greens and blacks - and somewhat coated in a very fine powdery yellow-ish dust. Aroma-wise, the dried leaf is gentle yet strong, emitting a very sweet and floral scent.

The recommended water temperature is 185-degrees F, so I try to be cautious to not scald the leaves. A 2-4 minute infusion is recommended, and I begin on the shorter end of that spectrum. The initial cup from these dried leaves is wonderful from the start - sweet and dry, full-flavored, aromatic, and entirely drinkable. Canton conveys notes of nuts, honey and baked fruits, and they are all fairly accurate. A second infusion is even more flavorful and enjoyable. A third infusion at 3-4 minutes presents the sweetest and smoothest cup yet! Not only is this one of the more unique tasting teas I've enjoyed in quite some time, but it's definitely got bang for your buck going for it too.

This is a tea I can get excited about. I can't even remember the last time an oolong tea has specifically excited me, so that makes this even more impressive to me. Surely one of the top oolongs to have hit my palate.

— To purchase Canton Tea Company Hong Shui, 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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