Review: Naivetea Da Yu Ling Oolong

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Thumbs up!"The ballet between buttery, floral and fruity notes is a beautiful experience. This is not your everyday tea (unless you have very deep pockets) but something to savour during a quiet moment. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 9.1/10
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This lightly oxidized oolong was grown at an altitude of 2, 300 meters above sea level in Central Taiwan. It's described as providing “distinctive mountain essence, fresh flower and evergreen notes, lingering refined sweetness”. The clusters of rolled leaves display many bright shades of green, as well as varying shapes and sizes. Their smell is reminiscent of a mixture of dry grass and hay.

Following Naivetea's recommended brewing instructions, I infused a generous tablespoonful of leaves in 6 ounces of water heated to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 seconds. The bright yellow liquor is scented with a fresh grass and flowers aroma. The sip begins with mild broth and grass notes. These are followed by an interesting touch of pine and tree sap. The finish is mostly sweet with a mix of marigold, peach and spearmint that is hard to pin down. The feel of this tea is soft and almost downy, without a hint of bitterness or roughness. Rather than guzzling down this tea piping hot, I found it best to restrain myself and wait until it had cooled down a fair amount: as it cools the cup becomes sweeter and sweeter. The aftertaste seems to intensify and become longer lasting as well. Despite it's mellow presentation, this tea is incredibly complex and very engaging. I can't wait to see what the next steeps bring along!

Naivetea recommends re-steeping these leaves for a further 6 infusions following a 40, 50, 60, 70, 90 and a 120 second brew. The next 3 steeps are excellent, perhaps not as intricate as the first but darn close. All are very sweet, both floral and fruity, with a touch of something like cinnamon to the finish. By the fifth cup, the leaves are starting to wane a little. Still, there are lovely creamy floral notes at play until the end, with no roughness or bitterness emerging whatsoever. Someone with more time on their hands than I could probably pull a few more infusions out of these leaves.

I've had a lot of Taiwanese oolongs lately and as much as I love them, I had been perhaps getting a bit blasé about them. This tea has really brought something special to the table. While it's quite pricey, I could see myself splurging on this once in a blue moon because it's that good! The ballet between buttery, floral and fruity notes is a beautiful experience. This is not your everyday tea (unless you have very deep pockets) but something to savour during a quiet moment.

— To purchase Naivetea Da Yu Ling 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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