Thursday, September 3, 2015
Leaf Appearance: dark, somewhat broken with scattered buds
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup
Over the years the blog has transitioned a bit to coincide with my personal journey and tastes. Tea bags very rarely make an appearance these days. I made an exception in this case because it is only available in tea bag form. Thankfully it's a silky pyramid style bag which is usually a lesser evil. The taste was surprisingly complex and enjoyable. Although the dry leaves were dark enough to pass for black tea, the aroma was definitely all oolong. Floral notes and a bit of stone fruit stood out against an earthy, malty background. It was a bit hard to peg down but it had an almost biscuity quality that reminded me somewhat of 2nd flush Darjeeling. There was quite a lot of natural sweetness in the cup with very little astringency so I strongly recommend drinking this tea straight up. I had some of these babies tucked away in my tea wallet and they came in handy at a family function when I found myself in serious need of some caffeine.
Oolong sample provided by Teatulia.