Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
Narcissus Oolong is considered one of Fujian Province’s finest exports. Light floral notes with a mild fullness reminiscent of a Pondicherry red pepper. Full bodied with an astringent finish.
Learn more about this tea here.
Before I go to the tea vendor’s website and read their description of a tea (which I provide above), I like to taste the tea independent from the influence of the vendor’s thoughts of the tea, and write down my initial impressions. For this tea, I wrote: sweet, floral, with an pleasant, mild sweet-pepper kind of taste.
I found the similarities to my first impressions of this Narcissus Oolong Tea from Culinary Teas as compared to the vendor’s description to be quite interesting! (And I’m also quite glad that my taste buds aren’t playing tricks on me, because while the sweet pepper taste is quite compelling … I thought maybe my taste buds were a bit off when I tasted it! I’m glad they are working properly!)
I like the texture of this tea. It’s very soft and smooth … almost buttery, but it doesn’t stay that way. That is to say that there is enough cleansing astringency to this tea that I don’t feel like I need to wipe my palate after each sip because of “buttery” build up. It is smooth and silky as I sip, and then the palate feels clean, and ready for another sip of silken sweetness!
The flavor is slightly vegetative, with notes of flower (but I appreciate that the floral tones are not overwhelming here), and pleasantly sweet. A sweet-tangy-spicy sort of note. I like that the spicy here is mild – because I think if it were a stronger spicy note, it would overpower the tea. Here, the mellow spice tones are in keeping with the overall calm, relaxing taste of the tea.
A very pleasant Oolong – and I like that this is not your typical cup of Oolong! It is different enough to keep things appealing!
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!