Thursday, September 26, 2013

Teamania Oolong #17 Jade Pearls First Flush

Photo: Teamania
Country of Origin: Thailand
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

+Teamania is one of the only sources that I have found of very good quality teas grown in Thailand. This particular cultivar originated in China. If you are a fan of floral oolongs, you will love this tea. It was heavy with sweet notes of orchid. It had a mild vegetal finish with hardly any astringency. I did three consecutive infusions but the leaves could definitely have gone for a few more rounds. My last steeping developed a pleasant roasted element. I love exploring teas from different regions because terroir really does have an affect on the ultimate product. This is the second Thai oolong that I have tried and they are very different from Chinese or Taiwanese oolongs, even though they are produced from the same cultivars. Teamania shared the story of how oolong came to Thailand on their blog. It's not in English but Google Translate in Chrome quickly remedies that.

You can find out more about this tea here.