Milky Jinxuan High Mountain Oolong from Oollo Tea

MilkyJinxuanTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Oollo Tea

Tea Description:

The true milky Jinxuan oolong tea with natural cream milk accent and luscious texture. The Alishan family farms tea trees that were bought from our family in 1990. They practice zero pesticide natural farming.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

It’s no big secret that I absolutely adore a good Milky Oolong tea.  This Milky Jinxuan High Mountain Oolong from Oollo Tea is one of the very best I’ve tried thus far.  It’s so delightfully sweet and creamy but the creaminess isn’t heavy.  It’s not overwhelming my palate.

I love the texture to this first cup (infusions 1, 2 & 3 – yes three infusions in one cup, I’m using a smaller gaiwan today), it’s very silky and softly creamy.  Smooth!

The flavor is sweet with notes of orchid.  It’s not sharply floral because the creamy buttery taste helps soften the floral taste without overpowering this delightful flowery essence.  It’s not bitter or astringent.  It’s just … lovely.  Oh so delightful.

My second cup (infusions 4 – 6) still has some of that silky texture, although much of the milky taste has waned.  This is much more floral than the first cup.  It’s sweet with spun sugar notes.  I taste light vegetal notes to this too.  I am also tasting a light nutty flavor that almost tastes “popcorn” like to me.  As the tea cools slightly, some of the creamy notes seem to develop so it’s not completely without that milky note.

My third cup (infusions 7 – 9) was softer in flavor than the second.  Not as creamy as either the first or second cup, but still beautifully floral with more nutty flavors and even a hint of peach can be detected!  I still get that light, spun-sugar type of flavor that I really like.

What a lovely tea!

Premium Jasmine Oolong Tea from Zi Chun Tea Co.

Premium-Jasmine-oolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Zi Chun Tea Co.

Tea Description:

High quality hand picked jinxuan oolong blended with natural jasmine flower.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review: 

I do love Jasmine teas, as I’ve mentioned many times before, and while white Jasmine teas tend to be my favorite now, I really like Jasmine Oolong teas.  I like the way the sweet, exotic essence of the jasmine flower melds with the smooth, creamy notes of the Oolong tea – in this case, a jinxuan Oolong – it seems to be a marriage made in heaven when jasmine flower and Oolong tea comes together.  This is certainly true of this Premium Jasmine Oolong Tea from Zi Chun Tea Company.

This is really delightful.  The heavier “creamy” notes of the Oolong seem to offset the sometimes sharp notes of the jasmine … and together the two components offer a flavor that is soft, sweet, delicately floral and smooth.

The natural floral notes of the Oolong tea and the jasmine complement each other in a very lovely way … sometimes I find the natural floral notes of a greener Oolong like this tea to be somewhat overwhelming for the palate … but here, even though this is a FLORAL tea, the floral notes do not inundate the palate the way an unscented green Oolong tea’s floral notes sometimes can.

This Oolong tea – like so many other high quality Oolong teas – can be steeped multiple times.  I find that the later steepings of this tea are especially wonderful … the jasmine notes subside just a little bit, and really unify with the Oolong.

A really fantastic tea journey awaits with this Jasmine Oolong from Zi Chun!

Jinxuan (Milk Oolong) from Zi Chun Tea Co.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Zi Chun Tea Co.

Tea Description:

This is a lightly roasted, organic, hand picked oolong. This 100% natural tea has a subtle milk aroma & taste, unique to the jinxuan varietal tea pant, but contain no essence or flavoring.

This particular tea leaf was produced by farmers who were award 3rd place in Taiwan’s oolong tra category. It is an MOA organic certificated tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve said before, I do love Oolong, but, I have to admit that milk Oolong is not my favorite.  I know that it is many people’s favorite, but, I’d select an Ali Shan or even a magnolia Oolong over a milk Oolong.  But that is not to say that I dislike milk Oolong, there are just other Oolong teas that I prefer.

That being said, this is a really wonderful milk Oolong from Zi Chun.  It tastes sweet and creamy, with a hint of butter flavor and background flowery notes.

I infused this as I would normally steep an Oolong:  using my gaiwan and short steeps.  After a quick rinse, I combined the first two infusions into my teacup and found this cup to be sweet, creamy with mere hints of a floral background.  The second cup (infusions three and four) was a bit less on the creamy side (it was still creamy but not so much on the heavy side this time), allowing for more of the delicious floral layers to express themselves.

The third cup was much smoother – not so much of a creamy smooth like the first cup, but, more of a smooth harmony of flavors with less intensity.  I think the third cup was my favorite – I liked how everything came together on the palate!

I’ve only tried a couple of teas from Zi Chun thus far, but I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve tried!  I like this!