Monday, September 23, 2013

Tea Horse Milk Oolong

Photo: Tea Horse
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

Milk oolong is one of those teas that can either be wonderful or really terrible. Thankfully this one from Tea Horse fit the latter category. The taste was only slightly creamy but it had very distinct notes of caramel and buttered popcorn. It had a sweet, fruity finish that reminded me of pineapple without the tartness. I did three consecutive infusions but definitely could have gone for a few more if I had the time. It was obvious that all of the tastes I experienced were naturally inherent to the tea, not the result of a flavored spray as you will find with some lower quality teas. This tea was part of Tea Horse's monthly subscription service but I really enjoy that the teas can be purchased individually. I've been really impressed with the selections that I've tried from them so far. +Ricardo Caicedo of My Japanese Green Tea did an excellent podcast interview with the found of Tea Horse, +Ali Silk. I definitely suggest giving it a listen.

You can find out more about this tea here.