Review: Driftwood Tea Organic Golden Oolong 17

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Its OK"It's a good flavour, but it's flat."
K’s Teaview: 5.9/10
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driftwoodoolong17This tea is from Chiang Rei Province, Thailand, a refreshing departure from the more common Taiwanese and Chinese oolongs. It's the summer 2012 harvest, and I steep 1.5 teaspoons in a 100 mL porcelain gaiwan at 195° for thirty seconds.

The cup smells delicious, but the flavour is really mild and simple. It's mostly creamy with nothing particularly interesting going on. Normally I wouldn't add steep time for a few more infusions, but I bump the second steep up to a full minute, attempting to bring out a more interesting flavour.

I certainly succeeded in getting a different flavour, but it's arguable if it's a better flavour. It's heavily mineral and slightly acidic. Normally I like mineral notes in my tea, but I'd rather it be balanced by something. Acidity just emphasises the mineral taste, and overall the whole experience is just too one-note, too sharp and acidic. I make two more steeps, but neither is particularly compelling, and I don't feel like making more.

Next, I try steeping this using just one teaspoon per cup at 195° for three minutes. At first, I think I'm successful. The beginning of the sip is mineral and slightly vegetal, flavourful and more balanced than I expected. But it peters out quickly, dissipating into a bland cup with no depth. It's a good flavour, but it's one note, flat. I gave this tea every chance I could, but all I'm getting is an uninspired cup.

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