Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Adagio Teas
Oolong tea from the WuYi mountains in Fujian province, China. A beautifully made, deeply complex tea. The aroma is very rich and savory, roasted vegetables, minerally and earthy. There’s a deep, ripe fruitness in the background, but faintly. The flavor is slightly honey-floral and nutty, white sesame, sweetened burdock root (fans of Japanese sweets, anyone?), barley. Satisfying and hearty, for a tea. Perfect for multiple infusions so you can tease out many layers of intriguing flavor.
I’ve tried several of the teas in the Artisan Comfort Gourmet Tea Collection, and of the ones that I’ve tried thus far, this one is my least favorite. That’s not to say this is a bad tea, it isn’t. But when it comes to Oolong teas, I tend to have high expectations and this one just didn’t meet those expectations.
Yes, it’s a pleasant enough tea with a smooth mouthfeel and a sweet, fruity tone in the background that resembles peaches. It is a very subtle fruit flavor, though, perhaps it is a bit more subtle than I would like. It is nutty and sweet. It is slightly tangy toward the end of the sip, and the aftertaste is sweet.
Overall, it’s a satisfying cup of tea – but there are other Wuyi Oolong teas out there that I’ve enjoyed more. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t like this one better than those others … so I encourage you to give it a try.