Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Nepali Tea Traders
Our rare tea from Sandakphu has been oxidized longer than many Oolongs, producing a deep caramel color and taste. This is a rich, complex, full-bodied oolong unique to Nepal. Full-leaf, loose tea.
Learn more about this tea here.
When I received my package from Nepali Tea Traders, this tea in particular really grabbed my attention. I love Oolong teas, and I love it when I find one from Nepal! I’ve had only a handful of Nepalese Oolong teas and I’ve loved every single one of them, so I knew that I was in for a treat with this Wild Yeti Oolong Tea.
My first cup is comprised of a combination of the first and second infusions (following a 15 second rinse). It is sweet with notes of honeyed caramel and fruit. The fruit notes are like a cross between sweet plum and a ripe, juicy peach. Sweet, woodsy tones, and layers of floral tones. A really lovely cuppa!
The second cup (infusions 3 and 4) brewed up darker than the first, looking a little bit like a black tea rather than a dark Oolong! The flavors are stronger: this is a full-flavored Oolong! Nicely round with sweet and sour fruit notes, hints of flower in the distance and warm woodsy tones. Even though we’re enjoying spring at the moment, this has such an autumnal taste to it that it is evoking beautiful, cozy memories of autumn.
The third and final cup (infusions five and six) was still very flavorful, but I did notice the flavors begin to soften. The flavors were less distinct, instead of tasting a clear and well-defined note of fruit, I could taste a subtle fruit sweetness. But, don’t let that stop you from going the distance with this tea and infusing it five and six times, because I also noticed a very interesting brown sugar-y note that was quite a surprise. It’s well worth the effort to keep on steepin’!
A really lovely Oolong from Nepal! If you’re a fan of Oolong, you should really expand your Oolong horizons and try this one!
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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