Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, long and wiry
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Steep Time: 20 seconds
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: golden amber
I usually say I don’t have a favorite tea, but dancong oolongs might come close. The aromas that can naturally be found in these teas are truly astounding. This particular example is a Mi You Xiang, or honied pomelo fragrance. I think that name pretty much tells you all you need to know. White2Tea has a reputation for being a puerh brand but I am increasingly impressed by their black tea and oolong selections. Let’s get into it!
The leaves were mostly dark in color with a long and spindly shape. Under my photography lights some greener hues became more visible. I prepared this tea gongfu style in a porcelain gaiwan. Dancong oolongs have a reputation for being fussy so I used fully boiling water but dialed back my infusion time to 20 seconds. You could opt for a lower water temperature, but I feel like that also reduces some of the aromatics these teas are known for.
Confession time…I’ve never eaten a pomelo. I have no idea what they taste like. Google tells me that they are the ancestor of the grapefruit and that seems to track. The wet leaves had a prominent citrus aroma that also lingered on the inside of my empty tea cup. My gaiwan lid leaned more into perfume territory. A promise of things to come!
Honied Pomelo brewed up a golden amber liquor. The taste was fruity, floral, and sweet right off the bat. A thick mouthfeel gave it an almost syrup-like quality. The overall effect was still very balanced. It had some astringency but just enough to give the effect of tartness that you might expect from citrus fruit. I can imagine this is what pomelo candy might taste like.
The honied aspect came out even more on the second infusion. This is a tea you definitely need to try if you are already a fan of Mi Lan Xiang. It’s just a deeper, darker cousin. It is hard to describe but this tea had a very uplifting energy. Every session that I had with it left me feeling very happy.
Have you ever tried Honied Pomelo from White2Tea? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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