Thursday, October 17, 2013

T7 Tea Jade Oolong

Country of Origin: Taiwanese
Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

Although +T7 TEA provides western style brewing directions, I always prefer to use a gaiwan for oolongs. The taste was light and clean with alternating vegetal and floral notes. Its color and intensity increased with each infusion but it never developed any bitterness. Their product description states that it is similar to Tung Ting (also called Dong Ding) and I would say that is pretty accurate. The leaves took their time unfurling but eventually revealed jagged edges and very little oxidation. Being one to play with my leaves, I was able to pick out large leaves, whole bud sets as well as quite a few broken leaves and stems. It's important to remember that this is not indicative of the quality of the tea because broken leaves are a natural result of the rolling process. I really enjoy that they list when this tea was received (September 14th in this case).

You can find out more about this tea here.