Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Rishi Tea
Bao Zhong is a very lightly oxidized oolong with a clear green, delicate infusion and fresh floral notes of lilac and lily.
Learn more about this tea here.
I love the aroma of this tea. It smells so beautiful – like a field full of flowers in bloom, with hints of greenery in the background… it’s one of those intoxicating fragrances – it keeps me picking up the cup and holding it to my nose just so that I can smell it.
The flavor is also floral, but not quite as strong as I expected it to be based upon the aroma. The vegetative notes seem to soften the impact of the flowery tones, and brings some balance to the taste. Overall, I find the flavor to be soft, creamy, lightly vegetal and sweet with lovely floral notes dancing on the tongue.
I really like this – it’s different than what I would have expected from a greener Oolong – typically when I come across a green Oolong, thoughts of either a Tie Guan Yin or an Ali Shan quickly come to mind, but this tea is softer. The floral tones are not quite as sharp, neither are the vegetal notes. Everything is softer, even the creamy notes, which I’d describe as neither buttery or milky… just smooth and silky.
A very nice change of pace kind of Oolong for those times when you want something a little familiar but still quite different from what you’re used to.