Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sullivan Street Tea and Spice Company Milk Oolong

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 45 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

A few weeks ago I published a review of Sullivan Street Tea and Spice Company. While I was there I picked up an ounce of this tea since it isn't something that I normally see on store shelves, especially at such an inexpensive price. The dry leaves had a strong aroma but it wasn’t quite the distinctly milky smell that I was expecting. It started off sweet and vegetal but ended in an odd cheese-like flavor. I found the aftertaste a bit cloying and unpleasant. My favorite milk oolong thus far is the offering from American Tea Room that costs a great deal more. I really tried to keep preconceived notions and biases from influencing my impression of this tea but it just was not what I want out of a milk oolong. While I don't think it's necessary to pay top dollar, you do get what you pay for to a certain extent when it comes to high end teas. I didn't enjoy this particular tea but I'm looking forward to trying more teas from the their catalog in the future.

You can find this tea here.