Reviews

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

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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.