Leaf Type: Oolong Darjeeling
Where to Buy: KTeas
We received 8 pouches of the 2010 harvest (still the current year, as 2011 has not been harvested yet). Each pouch contains 4oz (113.5g) of the marvelously huge leaves constituting this ultimate whole-leaf tea. At Glenburn’s recommendation of 3-4g in 200ml (7 fl-oz) water, the pouch yields from 28 teacups (4g tea) at 88¢ per teacup to 37 teacups (3g tea) at 66¢ per teacup–if only one infusion is made. Keep in mind that oolongs stand up famously to multiple infusions of the same leaves, so you may get twice to three times as many bright reddish cups of this lightly-oxidized Oolong!
This is exquisite!
The photo above is accurate as far as what the leaves look like. They’re long and curly, green with lots of silvery tips. The aroma of the dry leaves is light and evokes thoughts of the cool, crisp air of autumn. It’s a clean and invigorating scent with notes of grass and flower. The brewed liquor has a very Darjeeling-esque kind of fragrance. I can smell the grape-y, wine-like tones.
But what really blows me away is how it tastes. What I am tasting is what might be the love child of a fine Darjeeling brimming with muscatel notes and a smooth green Oolong. The mouthfeel is soft and velvet-like. The flavor is sweet with notes of grape and black currant, finishing off with a wine-like sweetness, but without any bitterness. There is very little astringency to this cup, which is another surprise. It is incredibly smooth and very pleasant.
As I sip this, I consider myself so very lucky to be amongst the few to whom this tea has been made available. If you are a fan of Oolong or Darjeeling, I strongly urge you to grab some of this tea while it is still in stock at KTeas. This one is great for multiple infusions – each subsequent infusion just as lovely as the first.
So good. So very, very good.
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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