From Xinzhu County in Taiwan comes this bai hao oolong, sent to me by Gingko from Life in Teacup.
What a tea. It isn’t as aromatic as some Taiwanese oolongs, but the real treat is in the mouth. One sip and I was amazed at how the tea’s honeyed sweetness coated the mouth. I’ve had bai hao oolongs before (reviewed one here), but this one is, without a doubt, the best I’ve ever had.
Dry, the tea presents a lovely bouquet of white tips intermingled with leaves of various shades of brown. The leaves unfurl slowly in the water, and it takes three infusions before they really start opening up. I wasn’t able to have any more infusions this morning - duty calls – but I’m sure this tea will provide at least another four or five infusions. If Bec doesn’t go through it today, I’ll be sure to continue enjoying this tonight.
While drinking the second infusion, Bec drew a comparison to Earl Grey. And indeed, there is something Earl-ish about this oolong. It must be the fruity flavour (which grows stronger with longer infusions).
As I said, this isn’t a particularly aromatic tea, though it does have a sweet, almost tropical aroma. That sweetness is what stands out on the palette as well. There is a hint of peachy tartiness giving the tea a lively character, but it always finishes with a long, smooth sweetness.
Bai Hao Oolong Superior Grade is available from Life in Teacup for $7.20 for a 1-ounce packet.
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