Monday, October 7, 2013

Tea Setter Wild Arbor Oriental Beauty Oolong

Photo: Tea Setter
Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: large, dark and twisted
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 200 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: amber

There is just something about a wild grown tea that speaks to me when I drink it. This one in particular was complex and incredibly aromatic. It was earthy with rich notes of peaches, honey and citrus. A hint of underlying spice rounded out the flavor profile. Isn't it amazing how an unflavored tea can taste exactly like a juicy piece of fruit? Even three infusions in, I still found myself wanting more. I am astounded at how budget friendly this tea is. You get a lot of flavor for your buck, especially if preparing it gongfu style. Oriental Beauty usually brings to mind the Taiwanese tea by the same name but this in fact a different tea since it was not grown in Taiwan. If this selection is any indicator of the quality of teas from +Tea Setter then I cannot wait to dig into the teas from them that I have waiting to be reviewed. Make sure that you check out the video below from when I interviewed  +Matt Kitchen from Tea Setter!.

You can find out more about this tea here.