Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Nepali Tea Traders
Our rare tea from Sandakphu has been oxidized longer than many Oolongs, producing a deep caramel color and taste. This is a rich, complex, full-bodied oolong unique to Nepal. Full-leaf, loose tea.
Learn more about this tea here.
When I received my package from Nepali Tea Traders, this tea in particular really grabbed my attention. I love Oolong teas, and I love it when I find one from Nepal! I’ve had only a handful of Nepalese Oolong teas and I’ve loved every single one of them, so I knew that I was in for a treat with this Wild Yeti Oolong Tea.
My first cup is comprised of a combination of the first and second infusions (following a 15 second rinse). It is sweet with notes of honeyed caramel and fruit. The fruit notes are like a cross between sweet plum and a ripe, juicy peach. Sweet, woodsy tones, and layers of floral tones. A really lovely cuppa!
The second cup (infusions 3 and 4) brewed up darker than the first, looking a little bit like a black tea rather than a dark Oolong! The flavors are stronger: this is a full-flavored Oolong! Nicely round with sweet and sour fruit notes, hints of flower in the distance and warm woodsy tones. Even though we’re enjoying spring at the moment, this has such an autumnal taste to it that it is evoking beautiful, cozy memories of autumn.
The third and final cup (infusions five and six) was still very flavorful, but I did notice the flavors begin to soften. The flavors were less distinct, instead of tasting a clear and well-defined note of fruit, I could taste a subtle fruit sweetness. But, don’t let that stop you from going the distance with this tea and infusing it five and six times, because I also noticed a very interesting brown sugar-y note that was quite a surprise. It’s well worth the effort to keep on steepin’!
A really lovely Oolong from Nepal! If you’re a fan of Oolong, you should really expand your Oolong horizons and try this one!