Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Persimmon Tree Bao Zhong

Country of Origin: not listed
Leaf Appearance: small, deep green
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper
Liquor: pale green

Bao Zhong is usually produced in Taiwan but +The Persimmon Tree doesn't specifically say where this tea is from. The leaves were small and somewhat broken, typical of this style of tea. From time to time you'll see debate in the tea world as to whether Bao Zhong is a green tea or an oolong. There is some oxidation so it's an oolong in my book. The taste if this one was grassy and vegetal yet mellow at first. After a few sips a comeback floral aroma popped up and lingered in my palate for a long time. Fruity notes in the background kept it from becoming cloyingly sweet. There was no bitterness or astringency to speak of. My go to brewing method for most oolongs is the gaiwan but I find that I tend not to enjoy Bao Zhong as much when the flavor is concentrated. Feel free to gongfu the heck out of this is you want to :)

Bao Zhong sample provided by The Persimmon Tree.