Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: The Mountain Tea Company
Tea Description: This oolong was picked at an altitude of 1300m above sea level. Smooth and sweet with notes of peach, citrus, and sugarcane.
Origin: Nantou, Taiwan
Learn more about this tea here
If you love oolong as I do, then Mountain Tea is the site you need to be looking at!
Their oolongs are categorized into Green, Medium, and Dark and Roasted. Within each category are many wonderful selections!
Shipping was fast and furious as well.
The tea arrived with a survey regarding their shipping, customer service, and a pre-stamped envelope to send it back in! I love good customer service! Things like this show a company cares about you and your experience with them!
I love the packaging of the teas as well. Granted the bags are not resealable but the colors are vibrant with Chinese writing on them. I love pretty things.
However, the tea of course is what you want to know about so with that I am sitting here with a fragrant cup of lovely honey toned tea. Its a clear beautiful golden color that looks light and innocent but upon the sip my mouth is filled with a rich thick sensation!
There are distinct peach notes that dance off the tongue especially int he after taste – seriously fresh ripe peach! I know a lot of companies say you will pick up tasting notes in their teas and often they are accurate but often you also really have to search for them. This is something I easily detected right off the bat and it was only after I detected it that I went and read what the company said about this tea and it did mention the peach notes. I can validate the integrity of this description 100%. The citrus notes seem to be more detectable in the sides of the mouth but the peach stands out more than the citrus. As for the sugarcane notes mentioned, I feel this resonates through out the entire experience in the natural and light sweetness of the tea.
Be sure to follow steeping parameters closely. I found this tea to easily get bitter if steeped even 30 seconds too long or in improper water temperature.
Overall this is one of my new favorite oolongs, and I absolutely love oolong tea! This one has a thick mouthfeel that you could almost chew on and a deep complexity that surprises on each sip. I even get a little bit of a spice note behind the peach which reminds me of a lovely autumn peach cobbler.