Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Zentboutique Si Ji Chun

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: very pale

This lightly oxidized high mountain oolong was very delicate yet complex at the same time. There were the floral and creamy notes that you would expect from Si Ji Chun along with an underlying spiciness. The mouth-feel was buttery and smooth with no astringency. An interesting brown sugar-like sweetness developed with each infusion. I used my very tiny gaiwan so I had more infusions than I was able to keep count of. This is what I love about oolong, talk about bang for your buck! My blog is pre-written several weeks ahead so the timing is a bit off but this tea was part of the March shipment for Zenboutique's tasting club. Also included in this shipment were Dong Ding, Bai Hao Premim, Mount Aberdares, Royal Golden Safari and Royal Tajiri. For $8.00 a month, you really can't beat that kind of variety. Their program is just getting started but everything that I've seen so far has been very promising.

You can find out more about this tea here.