Reviews

Tearroir Everspring (Spring 2014)

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: pale greenish gold

I’m a sucker for a tea with a good story and I just had to give this one a try. According to Tearoir’s website, “The teamaker behind the Everspring is known as “Grandma Fang,” one of Taiwan’s only female tea-master entrepreneurs.”. ‘Nuff said, take my money! At $8 for 50g, it’s an absolute steal even without a great story. The leaves looked like a typical Nantou style rolled oolong. They were quite tiny but don’t be fooled, oolongs expand quite a bit. The taste was really mellow at first, a bit vegetal and sweet. Baby spinach and sugar snap peas definitely came to mind. Then I started picking up a wonderful floral quality in the aftertaste that lingered long after each sip. Rather than a perfumy orchid like I had been expecting, it was much much lighter. I had a hard time pinning it down to a particular flavor note. Weirdly enough, I had visions of the Queen Anne’s Lace that I used to pick as a child. If you are in the market for a Taiwanese oolong, I definitely suggest giving this one a try. In case you missed my podcast interview with the guys from +Tearroir Tea, you can check it out below!

Everspring (Spring 2014) was purchased from Tearroir.

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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.