What a lovely Oolong! I selected this as one of my three samples because I don’t recall ever having tried a Da Yu Ling, and today as I read through the whole description of the tea, I see that it grown in the Li Shan Mountain, so perhaps this is similar to a Li Shan or an Ali Shan. I don’t know, I fear I’m not as knowledgable about the tea growing regions of Taiwan as I’d like to be.
But, I will say that while there are some similarities to some of the Li Shan Oolong teas I’ve tried, this one seems different. It has a crisp, fresh taste to it, very light and floral, almost perfume-y, but not in a chemical perfume kind of way but more like the flavor of the air when you’re walking near a field of flowers … specifically, I taste orchid. Perhaps also some lily. The flavor is sweet and exotic and very enjoyable.
There is a slightly fruity undertone to the flavor too… like a delicate flavor, like an Asian pear (or what I used to call apple pears) … sort of crisp and light in flavor like that.
I am really enjoying this. Please watch for my full-length review of this tea to be published on November 19th on SororiTea Sisters. http://sororiteasisters.com