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The first thing that I noticed is that the leaves are much larger than the small hand rolled balls of oolong teas that are popular.The dry leaves are a beautiful deep green color with hints of lighter green. The shape of the tea was twisted and long in length. The dry leaves smell a bit nutty and roasted,and the tea really smells like it has been toasted.
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The dry leaves of this tea are very dark curled balls. Their dark green hue matches well with the heavy but smooth aroma. My imagination runs wild at the thought of this tea being cultivated so high up, and near a protected wilderness area. It seems like a truly exciting place!
When brewed the leaves produce a bright yellow liquor that’s completely transparent. The steeped aroma is smooth and easy with overtones of grilled leeks and hints of other vegetal flavors.
On the palate the brew remains smooth. A buttery texture emerges as it coats the entirety of the mouth. There’s no astringency here at all. The liquor is very heavy in the mouth, a byproduct of its creaminess. The flavors remain vegetal, but are seriously subdued. Roasted leeks remain on my mind the most.
One brewed the leaves produce a light amber-caramel liquor. The steeped aroma more savory than the dry aroma if that can be believed. The roasty nuttiness of this brew has some weight to it, almost meaty.
With a smooth feel and overtones of roasted vegetables and a honeyed edge you’re drawn to savor this tea’s product. Once past the initial palate sensation I noted more vegetal nuance with each sip.
While not astringent or puckery this tea has a long vegetal tails which grows lighter with each steeping. You can expect a good three or four steeps from this tea before any notable flavor degradation kicks in. I used a good seven or eight steeps before I was essentially drinking water.
Truly, no one does fragrance infused (flavored) oolong like Naivetea. I was recently lucky enough to receive a sampler of Naivetea’s oolong. I have tried several of them previously via Teaviews, but not all of them. After a tough workout earlier today, this Yuzu was sounding particular refreshing even though I already know that it is not my favorite amongst their offerings.
I did notice that Naivetea has slightly revised their infusion instructions from my original sampling of it. They are recommending a 50 second infusion time on the first steep rather than their original 30 sec. I must say that I am pleased with this tweak. While it is possible that the oolong base changed as well (I believe it is Ali Shan), I found a much stronger butter presence in the first infusion. The flavor profile is rather full and is of rather natural, sweet grapefruit flavor that is both zesty and refreshing. I originally scored this a 7.5 on Teaviews (a 75 Steepster rating) and given this new nuance, I am bumping the score up a couple of points.
The leaves of this fabled tea are a mix of light brown, white and green and the aroma reminds of stone fruits such as peach or plum.
When brewed the liquor turns an amber hue with tinges of yellow at the edges. The steeped aroma turns more to hay or Autumn leaves with hints of a sweet nectar.
When imbibing I found peach and nectarine flavors while the smooth liquor evoked images of a sweet cobbler.
A slight astringency leads to a light drying of the roof of the mouth with the flavor of Autumnal leaves making its way into the finish and holding for a fairly long tail.
I would recommend this oolong to fans of Himalayan teas, Orthodox Assams, very light black teas, Silver Tips teas and other oolongs.