Sipdown, 198. This was briefly in my cupboard again thanks to Ellen. I haven’t had this tea in a looong time. I finished the last of my first sample about a year ago and haven’t restocked, partly due to it’s price but mostly due to my desire to drink down my cupboard some more before restocking.
So I am wondering if I will still be in love with this one after all this time, and hoping it still lives up to my memory of it. Glad I looked at my previous notes before steeping this because it has somewhat different parameters than I usually steep oolongs at. It certainly smells delicious. Creamy and milky and a little bit fruity. Yeah, this tea is as good as I remember. It’s just soooo buttery and peachy-floral. My boyfriend just came over and smelled it (he often does, he is not a tea drinker and his typical response is “smells like tea” no matter what kind of tea it is) and he couldn’t quite make heads or tails of it so he just said it smells like dragons. :D
This was my first milk oolong, and it skewed my idea of what milk oolongs should be… since it’s not even a real milk oolong! It is a tieguanyin, not a jin xuan. It’s just so milky that it deserves the name milk oolong. I haven’t come across a jin xuan that was as creamy as this one so I am always disappointed. But it’s those TGY buttery notes that make this one so good, and no Taiwanese oolong I’ve had has ever had that much butter to it. Nice to confirm that I do love this one that much, and that I will be eventually getting more of it (some day).