Review: Canton Tea Co. Magnolia Blossom Oolong

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Thumbs up!"I can think of absolutely no downside to this tea."
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If you've visited my profile any time recently, you may have noticed that I have done approximately five billion reviews and never once given out a perfect score. I had a few teas come close, but I could never quite do it because it means that all other teas have to live up to that perfect one. I'm mentioning this because I'd like to point out that I do not take giving out that first perfect score lightly.

I'm surprised to see Canton doesn't recommend gong fu brewing; rather, the website suggests one tablespoon of leaf per 6 ounces of 195° water, steeped for two minutes. Once prepared, the tea has a yellow gold liquor with a scent that's creamy and floral, like milk and magnolias with a hint of peach. It's floral and creamy with an underlying mild bitterness. The bitterness is not unwelcome, especially because it is balanced by the sweetness that sits on the back of the throat. The buttery taste and texture coat the mouth, and the beautiful milky flavour emphasises the tea's creaminess. This is remarkably easy to drink, especially after cooling somewhat.

Steep two: Two minutes. The creamy, sweet scent reminds me of milk candies. Steep 3: Three minutes. The tea has settled into a smoother cup with no bitterness. It's a very aromatic cup of tea, but the flavour is equally enticing - a rare find.

Steep four: Four minutes. With its fruitier and more floral scent, the tea now more resembles its namesake. The scent brings to mind strawberries and magnolias, while the creaminess of the flavour has started to dissipate, leaving room for a more floral flavour. My five-minute fifth steep shows the tea is starting to fade, and my attempt to pull out a sixth is unsuccessful. I expect about 5 "Western style" steeps for a tea of this calibre and cost, so I'm quite satisfied with the staying power of this leaf.

While most of my Yixings thus far are dedicated to general types of tea, this is the sort of tea that deserves an unglazed teapot all to itself. Dan Congs are notorious for being hard to make, but Canton even recommends going the easy route for this tea, making it the perfect cup for when you want something special without the effort. And on top of that, even with the exchange rate from British Pounds, this is a really reasonably priced tea. I expect to pay this much for generic, general Phoenix Mountain teas, so getting something so delicious for the same price is a welcome treat. I can think of absolutely no downside to this tea.

— To purchase Canton Tea Co. Magnolia Blossom Oolong, 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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