Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Qing Tea
Cuiyu is Taiwan tea made with tea varietal called Taiwan Tea No. 13. It was first developed in early 1980’s. Cuiyu, literally Green Jade, is lightly oxidized and roasted. It gives off special floral aroma which is often described as osmanthus or orchid aroma. The mild soup together with the refreshing scent makes it a nice choice for light Wulong lovers and daily drink.
I love Oolong tea – and what I love most about Oolongs is that they differ in subtle ways from one tea to another. I am fascinated when I come across an Oolong that is so different from others that I’ve tried. This is one such Oolong.
This tea brews to such a beautiful, pale yellow-green color, and possesses an exotic floral fragrance. Just as the description above suggests, these floral notes are quite similar to osmanthus and orchid. This enchanting scent lures me in and begs me to take a sip. Who am I to refuse?
The flavor is also floral. It’s delightfully sweet – one of the sweeter Oolongs I’ve encountered! It is a mild flavor: the flowery notes are softened by the sweet tones. Even though these are lightly oxidized leaves, they do not have that “buttery” note that many lightly oxidized Oolongs have. Instead, there is a hint of toasty flavor that melds seamlessly with the aforementioned sweetness.
The mouthfeel is light, and there is a cleansing astringency – not too dry – and the astringency seems to clean away any lingering texture. This is a beautifully light, crisp Oolong that is quite different from any that I’ve tasted.
Another winning tea from Qing Tea! If you love Oolong – you must try this one!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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