Monday, March 10, 2014

Tea At Sea Mountain Organic Indonesian Oolong

Country of Origin: Indonesia
Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

I've seen +Tea At Sea posting regularly on Steepster for some time now and I have always admired their whimsically nautical packaging. How cute is that little cork sail boat? I couldn't resist floating it in my teacup. This is the first Indonesian tea that I've tried so it was doubly exciting. The taste had a somewhat odd marine taste to it, something like what I might expect from a Japanese green. It still had the floral and vegetal qualities that I associate with rolled oolongs. I didn't get the creaminess that they mentioned in their product description but the promised notes of honey were there. Oolong is one of the hardest teas to make and Indonesia is still very new to making it so it would not be fair to compare this to a Chinese or Taiwanese oolong. For country who primarily produces black and green teas for export, this is a great start in the right direction.

Mountain Organic Indonesian Oolong sample provided by Tea At Sea.