Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Nuvola Tea
Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea is the most exquisite among teas. Grown at an altitude of 2,500 meters in one of the highest tea plantations in Taiwan and the world, Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea is distinguished by its delicate scent and subtle taste well-balanced with an exceptionally rich, full body and a sweet flavour. It has a unique mellowness that tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind.
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For several years now, I have always stated firmly that my favorite Oolong is Ali Shan … but, after having tried a few Da Yu Ling Oolong, I have to say that my favorite may have changed! Oh, I still love Ali Shan, of course, but, I am so infatuated with this Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea from Nuvola Tea right now, that I find it difficult to say that it is anything less than my favorite. This is an extraordinary tea!
Da Yu Ling does have some similarities to my beloved Ali Shan, but also some notable differences. I think what stands out most to me is how delicate it tastes … delicate, and yet … so rich. It amazes me how a tea can taste delicate and yet be so full-bodied. It is so smooth and delightfully floral. The floral tones tingle on the tip of my tongue. All at once, I taste notes of flower, fruit, honey, air and vegetation, and each element is presented in such a way as it seems to float over the palate in such a deliciously delightful way.
Subsequent infusions deliver a smoother flavor, where all the notes seem to come together in a very harmonious way and become less individual, and more of a collective flavor that is absolutely sumptuous … it is luxurious and beautiful to sip.
I managed eight very flavorful infusions, brewing it in my gaiwan, and combining the results of two infusions into one cup (which means four cups of tea!) This tea is definitely a worthwhile investment. I absolutely adore it!