4 Tasting Notes
One of the finest Formosa teas I have ever had. A full leaf black tea, with the sweetness of honey, and no bitterness to speak of. A tea to make you close your eyes in bliss.
Blend of Keemun, Jasmine, rose congue, rose petals and lavender. Floral bouquet, without the overpowering perfume that comes with Jasmine. The taste of rose lingers, while lavender keeps the tea from becoming bitter.
The Bao Zhong oolong I have is called “Branches of Serenity.” I purchased it at the Tea Centre in Courtenay (it is exclusive to them). It consists of the stems, sticks, and leaves remaining after processing Bao Zhong oolong. I brewed this in my iron teapot for three minutes, but decided to leave it for the full five, as the flavour was too light after three. Taste is almost imperceptible, though there is a faint fruit note to it. It is very refreshing, and perfect for a quiet evening.
I found this tea at a discount store and decided to take a chance. I don’t believe the claims on the box regarding saffron’s health properties, but the tea itself is delightful. It is similar to a Lady Grey, with a delicate flavour, though less orange and more Saffron (and no bitterness to speak of). I enjoyed it enough to return to the store and buy the two remaining boxes on the shelf.