Hong Shui Oolong Tea from Zi Chun Tea Co

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To buy: Zi Chun Tea Co

Product Description:


Tasters Review:

Oolong Tea is the “Rising Star of the Tea Drinkers Universe” according to MarketPressRelease.com and I totally agree!  I’m so happy Oolong Tea is become more and more popular around the world!

“Like black tea, oolong tea contains antioxidants, but it has more of them than black tea because oolong tea isn’t subjected to as much oxidation/fermentation during processing as black tea is. ” (Direct Quote from above linked article).

Hong Shui Oolong from Zi Chun has a great taste that men and women – young and old will enjoy!

The best way I could try and describe the taste of this one is that it has a roasted or toasted nutty flavor with a little bit of charcoal flavor. As it cools for a minute or two…it has a juicer finish.  It’s very interesting and pretty tasty!

Another winner from Zi Chun!

Tie Guan Yin Special Edition from Life in Teacup

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Life in Teacup

Product Description:

Traditional charcoal roast with Tie Guan Yin and Mao Xie.

Taster’s Review:

I adore Oolong teas, and this Tie Guan Yin is superb!

The leaves are dark, a result of charcoal roasting.  The roasting has imparted a delicious toasty flavor to the natural nutty tones of the Oolong.  The buttery flavor that is often a part of Oolong has become more of a caramel sweetness.  It’s almost like a dessert in a teacup!

The sip starts with with an introduction of the sweet yet savory roasted nut flavor which soon gives way to a hint of flower (almost honeysuckle-esque).  The caramel notes sit in the background, never becoming too prominent or overwhelming.  The mouthfeel here is light, much lighter than a very green Oolong would be, and not nearly as creamy.  A whisper of smoke weaves its way throughout the sip and remains through the aftertaste.

Overall the tea is bittersweet with the emphasis on sweet rather than on bitter.  There is a moderate amount of cleansing astringency at the finish.  In subsequent infusions, I noticed that the smoky flavor came through a little more – but it was never an overpowering presence.

It’s absolutely delicious and a must try for Oolong enthusiasts.

I love all the teas that I’ve tried thus far from Life in Teacup.  I love their philosophy too, which can be read on their homepage:

“We believe tea is a luxury of time, and not necessarily a luxury of money.”

I agree.  While some teas can be extraordinarily expensive, I like it when I find a company that offers delicious, high quality teas at an affordable price, such as Life in Teacup!