Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Tula Teas
A true rarity in the world of tea, Zealong Pure is a New Zealand oolong produced with traditional Taiwanese oolong processing methods. It is organically grown and harvested in the Waikato region of New Zealand, where the foggy climate echoes the growing conditions of Taiwan’s high elevation tea production regions. The famed purity of New Zealand’s environment lends itself to organic production methods and brings out the fresh, clean taste of this unusual oolong.
I think I’ve only tried one other Oolong from New Zealand, and I loved it. This one might even be better!
The flavor is lush and smooth. It has a lovely floral background and a creaminess in the foreground. I almost want to call it a “buttery” creaminess, but, it doesn’t taste quite the same as the buttery notes that I’ve tasted in other green Oolong teas. It has a little less of the “milky” sweetness and more of a creamy-nutty sweetness. The mouthfeel is like velvet – very luxurious to experience.
One of the best characteristics of Oolong teas is multiple infusions! Not only do you get great value with Oolong tea, but with each infusion, different flavors emerge. With the third infusion, I noticed more of the floral notes come through. It is still sweet, but in a different way. The buttery taste subsides a little bit as does the mouthfeel, allowing the sweetness of the flower to come alive.
Another great tea from Tula Teas!