Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Camellia Sinensis
Initial impression from this taiwanese highland wulong is an aroma of ground-cherry and wheat-grass which evolves into fresh vanilla and flowers. Rich creamy texture with sweet final notes of coconut.
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The aroma of this tea is intense! Dry, the leaves have a fresh, exhilarating scent that reminds me of the smell of the mountain air and wildflowers. The brewed infusion has more fruit notes than the dry leaf, but the floral tones are still there, although they are a bit softer than that of the raw leaf.
The tea infuses to a light amber color, and the flavor is sweet and creamy. “Buttery” is often a term I use to describe greener Oolongs and even some green teas, but I don’t think it would apply to this particular tea, because while it is creamy like butter, the flavor is more like the creaminess of a coconut, it is fruit-like and sweet. The description above pretty much nails it – I do taste notes of coconut as well as notes of vanilla, and crisp floral notes.
The later infusions seem to focus more on the floral tones than the fruit notes. The creaminess in the first infusions subsides, making way for a more floral taste with sharp orchid notes. A hint of almost grassy vegetation begins to emerge as well, and the fruit tones become more mellow.
A delightful cup – a little different from the typical “green” Oolong – but every bit as enjoyable, if not more so!
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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