Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: The Tao of Tea
Grown at a 100% Organic tea garden within Wuyishan, a scenic area stretching along Fujian’s northernmost border with Jiangxi Province. It comprises 36 graceful rock peaks and a twisting, curving river called Nine Bend Creek.
As many of you probably are aware, I’m quite fond of Oolong tea. Well, I guess I should qualify that by saying I am fond of most Oolong teas. Occasionally, I’ll come across one that I’m not crazy about, but for the most part, I typically adore Oolong.
Wuyi Oolong has taken me a bit longer to embrace than say, a greener Oolong. The strong, smoked quality of the Wuyi was, at first, somewhat off-putting to me. I have since come around and discovered the many wonderful nuances within a Wuyi, and have learned to appreciate Wuyi Oolong.
This is an excellent Wuyi. Smoky – yes. But there is so much more to it than just “smoky” and that is what I love about it. There is a beautiful caramelized undertone that is sweet with a hint of sour. The nutty flavors of this tea are enhanced by the smoky overtones, giving it a sort of fresh-roasted nut flavor. There is a hint of fruit flavor to this – plum perhaps? While there is such a lovely contrast of flavors, the transition between the flavors is remarkably smooth. There is no bitterness to the cup, and only a slight astringency at the tail.
This is a delicious Oolong. It has a very cozy feel to it – like a warm blanket in autumn, and because of that autumnal feel I prefer this one served hot. While it is delicious iced, some of the more subtle nuances are lost with the chilling process, so to enjoy this one at its fullest, I recommend drinking it while its hot.
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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