Jade Prince (Tung Ting Oolong) from Tantalizing Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Tantalizing Tea

Product Description:

Jade Prince aka Tung Ting is one of Taiwan’s most prized oolongs. Sweet, floral cup. Exquisite! Great for 3 or more infusions.

Taster’s Review:

This is a very nice Tung Ting Oolong.  The aroma is intense with fruit and flower notes and begs me to take a sip.  Who am I to refuse such an inviting request?

The flavor is complex:  sweet with notes of butter, flower, fruit and roasted nuts.  As the above description from Tantalizing Tea suggests, the fruit notes are pineapple-esque in character, complete with a hint of tartness just before the finish.  There is a creaminess which enhances the buttery notes, and a soft mouthfeel that is a bit lighter than some Oolong teas I’ve experienced, but still very pleasant to experience.

I am not getting very little astringency from this cup.  My first couple of sips, I detected no astringency whatsoever, but now as I continue to sip, there is a gradual astringent quality.  I do not find it off-putting or pucker-y though, and it seems to enhance the tart quality I mentioned before.

These tiny pellets submit to several infusions.  I brewed this tea in my gaiwan, and I managed six delicious infusions brewing it in the gongfu style.  This tea has a charming sweetness to it and I recommend not sweetening this tea – it would offset the lovely balance of flavors.

A delightful tea to be sure!  I recommend it to all the Oolong enthusiasts out there!

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