From Mauna Kea Tea comes this 2010 first flush oolong tea, a Hawaiian-grown, organic tea. This oolong reminds me of a cross between a bai hao oolong and a traditional green-style ti kuan yin, like Chicago Tea Garden’s tie guan yin (review here). It has a markedly faint dry aroma which blossoms with plum-like notes upon infusion.
The leaves yield a golden infusion that combines flavours of sweet potato and honey with a lemony finish. The aftertaste is mildly astringent, with a sharpness similar to what you find after chewing some fresh lettuce leaves.
At $20 per 10 grams, this is a very expensive tea. But it’s rare, too. Tea enthusiasts who are interested in sampling Hawaii’s finest should give this a try.
Disclaimer: I received this tea as a free sample from Mauna Kea Tea.