14 Tasting Notes
This is actually a review of Lot #249 of this year.
Nice unbroken leaf; creamy, floral (like Osmanthus), slight melon / cantaloupe flavor. Lingering aftertaste, light liqueur, doesn’t lose strength on resteepings (can go 5 or more), leaves smell amazing in a gaiwan. Tastes similar to Lishan Cui Feng, will have to do a closer comparison of the two soon.
At a dollar and a half per ounce for this heavenly brew, there is nothing to complain about. I’ve had Tao of tea before and never been disappointed. This oolong is floral, buttery and full. I can’t even think of how to best describe it yet; I’ll have to update this post once an impression sinks in. Its flavor lasts multiple infusions and is best drunk in a gaiwan. You could have this thing for dessert, no kidding!
I wouldn’t describe this one as very vegetal actually, it really has more of a smooth creamy taste with a little tannin bite. I remember the price being quite high, something like $140/160 per pound. It is a very good tea but can probably be found for much less. In the mid-80s, I’d say, not the best oolong I’ve had but not far behind either.
Definitely a stonefruit taste, peachy and delicious! I ordered a sample of a few grams which was quite pricey ($6) but I tried this tea in Prague and was quite impressed by it (wish I’d stocked up when it was cheap). I bought two gaiwans from Harney & Sons and they really enrich the tea-drinking experience. For this tea, they retain the fragrance in the lid and I feel that drinking frequent infusions of varying strengths is much more enjoyable than a big mug that cools down quickly. A top oolong, just a notch between some of the oolongs from Republic of Tea (believe it was Formosa).
It was reduced by 75% at Bristol Farms ($20 orig.) so I had to try it. I had high hopes because of RoT’s Orchid Oolong, but this tea isn’t the same thing. It doesn’t have as distinct a flavor. It’s still a good oolong and refreshing, but no cigar. Maybe if I had a variable temperature kettle, I could get a better taste because of closer temperature accuracy. I’ll keep experimenting with brewing and see if I change my mind.