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I discovered this tea, while looking for a viable organic Wuyi tea to make a staple. It’s a rather unknown vendor, but the tea arrived a little scathed through its’ simple loose packaging, something that affected their score.
I brewed this shy of a boil, on one minute ascending brews, in a prewarmed gaiwan. The leaf quality is dark, and rather questionable leaf size (maybe due to the packaging), but overall, large leaves with no contrast of green. This tea yields a rather more complex cup of Wuyi tea. It’s colour is darker than a normal Wuyi. A continuos honeylike taste, mixed in with my favorite earthy harmonizing notes, with appropriate amounts of muskiness, and a pea size amount of subtle smokiness. It ends with a sweet aftertaste.
I consider this a well rounded organic Wuyi, but it loses a bit too much body for me on it’s second cup, but its’ taste sets it separate from other Wuyi oolongs. I would drink this again if I wanted a bit of change in Wuyi. I would score this even or slightly higher to Zhi Tea’s Wuyi oolong, if the packaging was more appropriately handled, and could draw more cups.
Artificial milk and butter aroma and flavor. Smells like kettle corn popcorn. Not natural at all. The leaves are very small, unlike the authentic Taiwanese version with large WHOLE leaves 2 and 3 connected with buds-simply a gorgeous sight. This is opposite, small and broke leaves. Had to spit it out as did my tea tasting friends. Advice, opt for an authentic Milk Oolong or Jin Xuan or Golden Lily oolong from the high mountains of Taiwan.