Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Qing Tea
Cuiyu is Taiwan tea made with tea varietal called Taiwan Tea No. 13. It was first developed in early 1980’s. Cuiyu, literally Green Jade, is lightly oxidized and roasted. It gives off special floral aroma which is often described as osmanthus or orchid aroma. The mild soup together with the refreshing scent makes it a nice choice for light Wulong lovers and daily drink.
I love Oolong tea – and what I love most about Oolongs is that they differ in subtle ways from one tea to another. I am fascinated when I come across an Oolong that is so different from others that I’ve tried. This is one such Oolong.
This tea brews to such a beautiful, pale yellow-green color, and possesses an exotic floral fragrance. Just as the description above suggests, these floral notes are quite similar to osmanthus and orchid. This enchanting scent lures me in and begs me to take a sip. Who am I to refuse?
The flavor is also floral. It’s delightfully sweet – one of the sweeter Oolongs I’ve encountered! It is a mild flavor: the flowery notes are softened by the sweet tones. Even though these are lightly oxidized leaves, they do not have that “buttery” note that many lightly oxidized Oolongs have. Instead, there is a hint of toasty flavor that melds seamlessly with the aforementioned sweetness.
The mouthfeel is light, and there is a cleansing astringency – not too dry – and the astringency seems to clean away any lingering texture. This is a beautifully light, crisp Oolong that is quite different from any that I’ve tasted.
Another winning tea from Qing Tea! If you love Oolong – you must try this one!