Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tea Ave Lishan Oolong

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

I'm a bit sad because this is the last of my samples from +Tea Ave. The Dong Ding and Oriental Beauty were definitely enjoyable but this one just might be my favorite. It started out vegetal and slightly creamy but soon my senses were overwhelmed with aromas of orchid. There were also really pleasant fruity notes in the finish that reminded me a bit of apricot. The mouth-feel was somewhat thin with a smooth texture. I was only a few infusions in when my mother called to ask if I wanted to meet her and my sister to grab the ice cream truck (she's only one block away). As I eagerly awaited the familiar chimes of Mr. Softee I couldn't help but be amazed that the fragrance of this tea was still lingering in my palate. Thankfully the leaves were still waiting for me when I got home. Eight more infusions later and I was ready to float away. After my session I couldn't resist snapping a shot of those gorgeous leaves for Instagram. They were huge and absolutely gorgeous to look at. This tea is on the pricier side but sometimes you do get what you pay for.

Lishan Oolong sample provided by Tea Ave.

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