Sullivan Street Tea and Spice Company Milk Oolong

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 45 seconds
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: pale gold

A few weeks ago I published a review of Sullivan Street Tea and Spice Company. While I was there I picked up an ounce of this tea since it isn’t something that I normally see on store shelves, especially at such an inexpensive price. The dry leaves had a strong aroma but it wasn’t quite the distinctly milky smell that I was expecting. It started off sweet and vegetal but ended in an odd cheese-like flavor. I found the aftertaste a bit cloying and unpleasant. My favorite milk oolong thus far is the offering from American Tea Room that costs a great deal more. I really tried to keep preconceived notions and biases from influencing my impression of this tea but it just was not what I want out of a milk oolong. While I don’t think it’s necessary to pay top dollar, you do get what you pay for to a certain extent when it comes to high end teas. I didn’t enjoy this particular tea but I’m looking forward to trying more teas from the their catalog in the future.

You can find this tea here.

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.