Tuesday, June 24, 2014

J-Tea International Bourbon Barrel Oolong

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly rolled
Ingredients: bourbon scented oolong
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup and mesh infuser
Liquor: amber

My dear blogger friend +Geoffrey Norman was kind enough to give me a bit of this tea when we met up at the World Tea Expo. He knew I was a big fan of the Bourbon Barrel Puerh and I could not wait to dive into this one. The taste was more mellow than I was expecting but it definitely hit the spot. It was nutty, earthy and sweet with a touch of fruity creaminess. I haven't a tea that was quite this complex in a while so it was a real treat. The hints of bourbon were a lot more subtle but I think the roasted oolong worked even better as a base tea than cooked puerh did. Tea is incredibly absorbent of aroma so there are a lot possibilities when it comes barrel storing. I'd love to see something more whiskey inspired (what can I say, I'm a Jack Daniels kind of girl).

Bourbon Barrel Oolong sample gifted by +Geoffrey Norman