Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Tantalizing Tea
Jade Prince aka Tung Ting is one of Taiwan’s most prized oolongs. Sweet, floral cup. Exquisite! Great for 3 or more infusions.
This is a very nice Tung Ting Oolong. The aroma is intense with fruit and flower notes and begs me to take a sip. Who am I to refuse such an inviting request?
The flavor is complex: sweet with notes of butter, flower, fruit and roasted nuts. As the above description from Tantalizing Tea suggests, the fruit notes are pineapple-esque in character, complete with a hint of tartness just before the finish. There is a creaminess which enhances the buttery notes, and a soft mouthfeel that is a bit lighter than some Oolong teas I’ve experienced, but still very pleasant to experience.
I am not getting very little astringency from this cup. My first couple of sips, I detected no astringency whatsoever, but now as I continue to sip, there is a gradual astringent quality. I do not find it off-putting or pucker-y though, and it seems to enhance the tart quality I mentioned before.
These tiny pellets submit to several infusions. I brewed this tea in my gaiwan, and I managed six delicious infusions brewing it in the gongfu style. This tea has a charming sweetness to it and I recommend not sweetening this tea – it would offset the lovely balance of flavors.
A delightful tea to be sure! I recommend it to all the Oolong enthusiasts out there!