167 Tasting Notes
have i srsly not reviewed this tea before? i’m finally closing down on that last teaspoon (one more lovely steep session after this one!) of bulk tea that i bought oh so long ago. if i didn’t say it before, i’ll say it now: i love this tea. for whatever reasons, perhaps because it was my favorite of the first oolongs i tried, this one remains my standard THIS IS WHAT OOLONG SHOULD TASTE LIKE in my book. it is light, buttery, fragrant, extremely hard to mis-steep, and just all around NOM! now, there might be yummier, better teas out there, but in my experience those are all harder to brew well, are much fussier about water temp and length of steep time and the price of tea in china at any given moment. Tea at Sea’s Mountain Organic Indonesian Oolong is none of that. it just is. perfect. every time. get some. (i shall refill my stash within the month!)
this is really the best white tea i think i’ve ever had – not that this is an extensive set, LOL! i usually think white tea is best for adding flavorings to, and am not such a fan of flavored teas, so, obv., i don’t drink a lot of white tea. however, this one called out to me from across the intertubes, and here we are.
I brewed this in my Teavana gravity drain steepy thing, with 2 TBS @ about 180 degrees for about 2 minutes – and wow, i did NOT expect the luscious aroma that was coming off the steeper while i waited. the scent was a mix of a super-light green, completely unlike a sencha-y heavy murky green, but more of a fresh cut grass key lime kinda green, with a lovely peppery spiciness that i likewise can’t really describe without using images (damn that synaesthesia!). poky little points of peppery spiciness.
finally, 2 minutes were up, and i decanted the tea into my tea glass, and the taste, it does not disappoint. the first hot slurps were just as i described above, and now as it cools a bit, the flavor is rounding out to a gingery spiciness, the poky little points getting a little more blunt, even flat (not bad, just not as poky). i’d even dare to give the flavor now a “citrusy” kind of aura, although the aroma has not changed in the slightest from the original pepper.
i am not 100% sure i’ll have time this afternoon for steeps #2 and 3 and so on, but will update if i do. otherwise, am so saving in fridge to continue with this tomorrow afternoon. this is a nummy and interesting tea.
Flavors: Citrus, Cut grass, Ginger, Pepper, Spices
num, just right for a quiet evening in catching up on my CW (LOVE The 100!) with the fam. this is the first yellow tea i’ve had, and it is hitting the spot. it is reminiscent of a rich sencha, but nowhere near as brothy. i do quite like it, although i don’t know that i’d buy more of this particular brand – i’d be happy to try other yellow teas, however.
oh yummy – this is one of my first darjeelings ever, and i am loving the texture – so much less green and leafy than oolongs, more wood and spice. this isn’t really oolong-y in my mind, but i also haven’t derjeeling’d long enough to tell you if it’s more darjeeling than oolong. it’s a whole new thing, to me. quite enjoying multiple infusions all morning long!
smooth, mellow, honey, those are all apt descriptors. i was expecting a little more of what i think of as oolong-ness, not sure how to describe that, but it doesn’t necessarily include “mellow” or “honey.” LOL! that said, this definitely is a great tea, i am quite enjoying it, but am going to have to put notes on the label so i remember NOT to pull this one out when i’m craving a good ol’ fujian oolong. pull this one out for mellow, smooth, golden honey goodness. sure is good for that.