Wuyi Oolong from The Tao of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  The Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Grown at a 100% Organic tea garden within Wuyishan, a scenic area stretching along Fujian’s northernmost border with Jiangxi Province. It comprises 36 graceful rock peaks and a twisting, curving river called Nine Bend Creek.

Taster’s Review:

As many of you probably are aware, I’m quite fond of Oolong tea.  Well, I guess I should qualify that by saying I am fond of most Oolong teas.  Occasionally, I’ll come across one that I’m not crazy about, but for the most part, I typically adore Oolong.

Wuyi Oolong has taken me a bit longer to embrace than say, a greener Oolong.  The strong, smoked quality of the Wuyi was, at first, somewhat off-putting to me.  I have since come around and discovered the many wonderful nuances within a Wuyi, and have learned to appreciate Wuyi Oolong.

This is an excellent Wuyi.  Smoky – yes.  But there is so much more to it than just “smoky” and that is what I love about it.  There is a beautiful caramelized undertone that is sweet with a hint of sour.  The nutty flavors of this tea are enhanced by the smoky overtones, giving it a sort of fresh-roasted nut flavor.  There is a hint of fruit flavor to this – plum perhaps?  While there is such a lovely contrast of flavors, the transition between the flavors is remarkably smooth.  There is no bitterness to the cup, and only a slight astringency at the tail.

This is a delicious Oolong.  It has a very cozy feel to it – like a warm blanket in autumn, and because of that autumnal feel I prefer this one served hot.  While it is delicious iced, some of the more subtle nuances are lost with the chilling process, so to enjoy this one at its fullest, I recommend drinking it while its hot.

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