Reviews

Eco-Cha Da Yu Ling High Mountain Oolong Tea

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

There are few things that get me as excited as a really nice Taiwanese oolong. Da Yu Ling in particular elicits oohs and aahs whenever I happen across one. They are getting rarer and rarer these days, especially at higher elevations. This tea was grown at approximately 2,200m. Talk about high mountain! I immediately took to Instagram to capture the beautiful leaves, letting everyone know that I wished there was smell-o-vision so that they could experience the aroma of the tea too. The liquor was thick and almost oily with a somewhat creamy after affect. I just had to keep sticking my nose back into the aroma cup after each and every sip. I couldn’t get enough of it!! A refreshingly crisp astringency was balanced by natural sweetness. Pine and green apples came to mind in the initial infusions. This gave way to a more floral lean with subtle hints of stone fruit after the third round. I did at least ten consecutive infusions but I lost track of the exact number. Even after it had lost some of its body I found myself still drinking because of the pleasant aftertaste. Once unfurled the leaves were large and mostly intact. I couldn’t resist playing with them in between infusions. This tea is a great example of why +Eco-Cha Artisan Teas is one of my go-to’s for Taiwanese teas. Although this particular selection is a pricey one, it is actually worth that price tag.

Da Yu Ling High Mountain Oolong Tea sample provided by Eco-Cha.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.