Reviews

Teavivre Guang Dong Phoenix Oolong Tea

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 15 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: amber

Phoenix oolongs are some of my favorites but I don’t get to drink them nearly as often as I would like. After giving the leaves a quick rinse I started out with relatively short infusions of 15 seconds. The first few infusions were very light, giving just a hint of things to come. Around the fourth infusion it started to really open up. Long and sweet floral notes mixed with aromas of peach and honey. There was also a sweet vegetal quality that reminded me of sweet potato. It stayed in the background, providing a solid base for the other flavors to shine. +TeaVivre states on their website that this tea can be infused over twelve times and I can confirm that is definitely true. I lost count after around fifteen rounds. There was very little astringency but I think it could become quite bitter if the infusions are too long or if too much leaf is used. My gaiwan is about 150ml and I used about 7g of leaf. This type of tea can be very temperamental but this particular offering was fairly forgiving. It would be a great place for beginners to start.

Guang Dong Phoenix Oolong Tea sample provided by Teavivre.

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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.