Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Canton Tea Co. Pouchong

Canton Tea Co. is a London-based company that specializes in high grade, whole leaf Chinese teas. This particular type of tea is a very lightly oxidized oolong that was grown in Taiwan. The dry leaves of this tea had that gnarled and twisted look that I love in my dan cong oolongs. They were dark green in color and had a pleasant toasty aroma. I made this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 195 degree water and 40 second steepings. The liquor was a pale yellow.

The first infusion of this tea was surprisingly light and clean. It was floral but in a very subtle way. The second infusion was noticeably less green tasting. There was some definite nuttiness coming through. The third infusion was smokier but still sweet. This tea just kept going and going on subsequent infusions. I found it to be very forgiving on steep time. I became distracted during one of my last infusions and it didn’t cause it to become bitter at all. I would definitely recommend this tea.