Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Teavivre
- Grown and produced in Xinzhu (Hsinchu), Taiwan
- Tea buds covered in white tips, with one or two leaves
- Bright-reddish orange tea liquor
- A mellow, sweet taste
Learn more about this tea here.
True to its name, this is definitely a beauty!
Using my gaiwan, I steeped this tea using short steeps: following a quick 10 second rinse, I steeped it for about 45 seconds for the first infusion, and a full minute for the second infusion, and combined these two infusions in one cup. Each subsequent cup was poured in the same fashion, adding 15 seconds to each steep, and combining the brewed tea of two infusions. This produced a beautiful golden, honey-colored tea with a delicious honey-esque flavor to match its color.
There are delicate peach notes in the background which add to the sweetness but not in a way that renders it cloying. There is an earthiness to this cup as well, which offers the palate some balance to the sweet flavors of honey and peach.
The flavor seems to get better and better with each cup! The first cup was light and crisp in flavor and quite delicious, but with the second cup, the tea brewed a darker color and produced a deeper, richer flavor. The honey tones are now quite distinct.
The third cup was a little lighter than the second, but richer than the first. As I noticed that the tea was beginning to taper, I decided to stop at three cups … six very delicious infusions from one measurement of leaves!
Another delightful tea from Teavivre. If you tend to prefer your Oolongs to taste more of honey-fruit rather than floral, this would be an excellent choice!
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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