Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Yunomi
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This Certified Organic Oolong Tea by the Takeo Family from Yunomi is quite unique … different from any Oolong that I’ve ever tried! And in this case … different is definitely GOOD!
The flavor is mild, sweet, and fruity. There is a sort of tangy note that tickles the tip of the tongue toward the finish, and that tingly sensation lasts into the aftertaste. Almost like a “sweet and sour” note! Quite intriguing…
This tea hints at floral notes in the distance … although I would not call this tea a floral tea. These are mere hints … like a whisper of a breeze that has passed through a field of flowers and picked up on just a hint of the floral essence … that’s what I detect here. This is much more fruity than floral, tasting of stone fruit, with hints of toasted nuts and a slight earthy tone and notes of mellow spice.
I brewed this tea in my gaiwan (as I do with most Oolong teas) and this allowed me to re-steep the leaves several times with very positive results. The flavor changed with each new cup of tea … the fruity notes became sweeter and more mild as I reached my third cup. By this time, those hints of flower in the distance have subsided, but there is still this lovely, sort of exotic sweet and sour note that keeps me captivated.
A really enjoyable Oolong … one I’d recommend to all Oolong enthusiasts … especially if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary! This is truly a unique Oolong – one that deserves discovery!