enjoyed this tea. subtle, floral, and sweet
“Note: don't eat some kimchi right before you taste tea. It takes awhile to actually taste the tea! Ok, and now about 10 minutes later... This has a very faint floral scent and a nice buttery...” Read full tasting note
“It's a very light mossy smell this time. Infusion 3. 10 mins. The leaves are finally fully expanded. The taste is wonderful. Sweet. Could prob do more infusions but I think I am going to move...” Read full tasting note
“My 1st pouchong! While I've wanted to try this I wasn't intenting to get it yet, but I really wanted to try the superior jasmine pearls (a once in a life time chance most likely), so I decided to...” Read full tasting note
“I changed my rating I love this tea so much! I can't get enough of it, I want to bathe in this stuff. Going on my FIFTH steep today of the same leaves. Holy Hojicha! That's a lot of Pouchong!...” Read full tasting note
Oolong tea from Taiwan. Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful’ was what the Dutch explorers called this island. The oolong teas grown here continue to be called as such. The least processed of these are termed pouchong. The ‘Opus Pouchong’ is a lightly oxidized tea with large, wavy, dark-green leaves. It is arguably the most delicate tea produced in Taiwan, a country known for its share of delicate teas. It yields a light cup with delicate fragrance and a gentle, precociously sweet taste. An underrated tea we urge you not to overlook.
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I liked this much more than I thought I would when I first saw the results of my first steeping. It’s a very pale yellow, almost colorless, and pouchongs are known to be on the greener side of oolong. I haven’t cared for the green teas I’ve tried, and found the Tung Ting Oolong I tried too reminiscent of the vegetal taste I dislike in greens. This had a floral note that wasn’t perfumey, a buttery taste, that mitigated the hint of a vegetal taste into a delicate sweetness I really enjoyed. The second steeping had a more mineral taste I associate with oolong, but not in a bad way.
Brewed gongfu style in my oolong pot. This pouchong is light and sweet but unlike the charcoal roasted pouchong that I’ve had before it is a bit more floral and less smooth. Still an enjoyable tea but personally I lean a bit more toward the charcoal roasted variety.
This was a pretty good oolong. It reminded me of a green tea, but with some of the vegetal flavor replaced by a delicate sweet taste. It is definitely a subtle oolong—it didn’t knock my socks off when I first tried it, but it grew on me. It is a nice tea to sip on while working since it isn’t so strong that it is distracting.
Got this one as a sample from my last order from Adagio. Upon opening the packet there isn’t much fragrance there and the leaves could be a little stale. I decided to brew this in my gaiwan with a lot of leaf and a small amount of water so I could extract as much out of this as possible.
The liquor is a light yellow, similar to that of other Taiwanese green oolongs. There is a slight floral fragrance along with some vegetal notes.
Overall not a very thick tea. The liquor seems to be pretty thin in the mouth, and I’m not really getting the floral aftertaste that I expect with Taiwanese oolongs, especially a super green one such as Baozhong. While this tea does have some floral notes, there is not much that makes this tea stand out for me and makes it a long step away from a good Baozhong.
Flavors: Caramel, Floral, Green, Vegetal
In the pouch: Herbal, almost floral. I had to look at the label to make sure I hadn’t picked up the pouch of green tea instead.
Steeping: Smells like roasted rice. It’s not unpleasant at all, but it’s more of a cereal smell than an herbal smell.
This probably needs a longer steep time than the recommended 2-3 minutes on the label. I was afraid to oversteep it and make it bitter, so I gave it about three minutes. The liquid is transparent. Tastes like hot water lightly infused with roasted rice. I’m going to try a second steep for a longer steep time. Surely there is more to this tea than this.
Second steep: Still smells like toasted rice, but now tastes like spinach.