Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Imperial Tea Garden
Hunan Red Oolong is a full leaf oolong tea from the Hunan Provence of China that boasts bold toasty notes with full bodied character ending with a light smooth finish. The infusion is red as one would expect from a classic luxury Hunan Red Oolong tea. Steeped in legend and lore, this soft and subtle Hunan Red Oolong provides a unique tea drinking experience that everyone can enjoy.
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This is a really unique Oolong, quite unlike any I’ve tried before. That is what I think I love most about Oolong … to take a line from Forrest Gump, they’re like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get! Of course, if you’ve tried one type of Oolong, you’re probably safe to bet that another Oolong of the same type (say, Tie Guan Yin, for example) will taste very similar. But, I’ve discovered that even within the same type of Oolong, there are subtle differences from one tea company to another. (Which actually has more to do with the estates and how it is harvested more than the tea company that sells it).
But, let’s get back to this Hunan Red Oolong. I taste a fruity character, and typically with an Oolong, one would compare it to a peach-like flavor, and while I do detect notes of peach, what it reminds me more of is plum, and perhaps a peach that had been macerated in a fine wine or perhaps a brandy. It is sweet and deep in flavor. Very nice.
There is an earthiness to this as well, in fact, I was about to suggest that this might be something of a love-child created by a Pu-erh and an Oolong, but, the earthiness is not quite that well-defined here. It is as if the Pu-erh would be more of a distant relative rather than a parent. But it does have that smoothness that I associate with a Pu-erh. The earthiness melds nicely with the toasted nutty flavor and light, malty notes that provides the foreground of flavor to this tea.
While I consider this to be a tea that is full of flavor, it does have its nuances to it. It is a tea with lots of flavor but it is more subtle in its approach to deliver those flavors to the palate. It has a nice, soft mouthfeel, and a moderate astringency. Overall a sweet, delicious Oolong – quite lovely!
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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