Shanlinxi Long Feng Xia Oolong Tea from T-Oolong Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  T-Oolong Tea

Tea Description:

This high quality Long Feng Xia Oolong tea is handpicked, handcrafted and produced from Qingxin Oolong varietal grown in Long Feng Xia district. The aroma and taste of the tea are very floral and sweet. This tea has honeysuckle-like flavors and a sweet long lasting aftertaste, and it stands up well to multiple infusions. It is rich, smooth and delectable with almost no bitterness and astringency. Absolutely a very wonderful oolong we highly recommend.

Learn more about this Oolong here.

Taster’s Review:

I realize that I previously reviewed this tea, but that was last year’s harvest, and this is a whole new harvest!   With new harvests come a whole new opportunity to explore new tastes within the tea!

This is so smooth and beautiful!  It has a strong floral essence, with foreground notes of honeysuckle that remind me of my gramma’s house when I was younger.  She had a honeysuckle bush that grew just outside the window of the bedroom where I would sleep, and on the warm days when the Santa Ana winds would blow, I would be treated to the most amazing honeysuckle essence that not only filled the olfactory nerves but also seemed to tantalize the palate.  I also taste a hint of orchid in the distant background.

Like I said, a strong floral essence, but, what I’m liking here is that the taste and texture is so smooth that the floral notes do not taste sharp.  They meld into the tea, allowing the other flavors to come forth.  The creaminess is not as strong as I remember from the previous harvest, this is more like a rich smoothness rather than a thick creaminess.  Fruit notes begin to emerge toward the end of my first cup (which is the combination of the first two infusions), providing more of a sweetness than a real distinct fruit tone.

With subsequent infusions, I find that the floral notes begin to taper somewhat.  No… not really taper.  That’s not quite the word I’m looking for.   The flowery notes are softening, though.  They are still very present, but, the layer of floral notes becomes slightly more transparent, allowing for easier tasting of the layers of vegetative notes and a subtle touch of cream.  The fruit tones are emerging more now, almost tasting like something between a peach and a sweet grape.  It has a very thirst-quenching taste … very calm, very pleasant.

An amazing Oolong that is certainly worth checking out with every new harvest!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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