Saturday, February 16, 2013

Nature's Tea Leaf Buddha Hand Oolong

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 45 seconds
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

Nature's Tea Leaf calls the flavor of this tea audacious but I found it to be a lot more subtle than that. It was delicate and sweet with floral and mineral notes. A fresh, vegetal element came to the forefront with each subsequent infusion. The mouth-feel was buttery and there was no astringency to speak of. That being said, I prefer my oolongs to have a lot more body and complexity but it was still a decent tea. I might be more inclined to drink this in the summer since it is very light. They recommended icing it in the product description and I think that I may prefer it that way. The leaves were really fun to play with after steeping because they were absolutely massive. Buddha hand oolong is named after its resemblance to the leaves of the fingered citron. It is made in the same style as Tie Guan Yin and for some vendors the names are interchangeable.

You can find out more about this tea here.