Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teavivre Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong, milk flavor
Steep time: 25 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

This milk oolong was very interesting because it is actually flavored with milk. While some unscrupulous tea companies will do this without saying so, I'm ok with it here because Teavivre is very upfront. They even offer an unflavored version if you prefer that. I was surprised to find that the fragrance of the dry leaves was not very strong. My first infusion was 25 seconds and I increased the time by 10 seconds for each subsequent steeping. At first this tea was delicate with a vague creaminess but it really woke up on the second infusion. It was floral and slightly sweet with a very creamy finish. The third infusion added a bit of minerality and a reduction in the creamy aftertaste. I was a bit tea logged by that point but I think I would have been able to get at least seven steeps out of these leaves. With an aromatic tea like this, I definitely suggest using aroma cups because they really add to the experience.

You can find out more about this tea here.

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