Organic Shui Xian Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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9 Tasting Notes View all

  • “It seems like I go through lots of phases in my tea drinking journey. For whatever reason I have not been drinking too many oolongs lately but I'm having this one this morning. It definitely seems...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2310 tasting notes
  • “Enjoying a nice cup of this tea right now - plum and woodsy notes are primary. Very juicy - I almost choked on my first sip due to the bursting effect it has. Very delightful and not too...” Read full tasting note
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    azzrian 807 tasting notes
  • “Thank you to *TeaEqualsBliss* for sending me a bit of this Oolong. It's really nice. Yesterday's Oolong was also a Shui Xian and that was purely by coincidence. I did not even realize that...” Read full tasting note
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    LiberTEAS 4323 tasting notes
  • “Smells like your good ole standby roasty/toasty oolong! It infuses to a medium brown/grey color. It's a rich woodsy-sweet type taste with a nice roasted-goodness to it. The aftertaste is...” Read full tasting note
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    teaequalsbliss 6770 tasting notes

From Arbor Teas

Our organic Shui Xian Oolong hails from the Wuyi mountains in China’s Fujian province. This exquisite oolong is produced using the top three to four leaves on the branch. After wilting and bruising the leaves, they are hand-rolled into their final shape. When brewed, these dark green-brown leaves create an amber infusion with an exquisite floral fragrance that complements the tea’s sweetness (in fact, Shui Xian translates directly into “narcissus”). The taste is smooth and lightly sweet, with a subtle dryness reminding of pear skin, followed by a lightly baked aftertaste. As with most oolongs of this type it is moderately oxidized, ranging from 40% to 60%. Like other fine oolong teas, our Shui Xian Oolong may be infused a number of times, with each infusion revealing a new nuance of this tea’s complex flavor.

Sustainability is a cornerstone of Arbor Teas’ business philosophy. In addition to offering an exclusively organic selection of teas, they recently became the first tea company to offer their whole catalog in 100% backyard compostable packaging. They’ve also carbon-offset the entire supply chain of their products, from origin to the customer, making Arbor Teas the greenest option for Earth-conscious tea drinkers, and one of few tea companies recognized by Green America.

About Arbor Teas View company

We’re tea enthusiasts with a lot of passion. Passion for top quality tea, the environment, fair trade, and our community. We started Arbor Teas in Ann Arbor, Michigan, intent on creating a tea company as passionate as we are. Our passion is reflected in every aspect of Arbor Teas. You’ll certainly notice it in the exceptional collection of teas we offer - one of the largest catalogs of USDA certified organic teas around, nearly three-quarters of which are Fair Trade Certified®.

9 Tasting Notes

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2310 tasting notes

It seems like I go through lots of phases in my tea drinking journey. For whatever reason I have not been drinking too many oolongs lately but I’m having this one this morning.

It definitely seems typical of a wuyi type of tea, nice mineral quality with sweet roasted plum type of aftertaste. I really do like this a lot and wonder how it would be as a cold brewed tea. The wet leaves smell of burnt toast and jam.

see my previous notes for more info…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

This sounds good!

TeaBrat

I liked it! Bumped the rating up a few points since I’m thinking about buying more eventually. :))

SimplyJenW

I am on a non-oolong stretch, myself. I have some really yummy ones to try, too!

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807 tasting notes

Enjoying a nice cup of this tea right now – plum and woodsy notes are primary.
Very juicy – I almost choked on my first sip due to the bursting effect it has.
Very delightful and not too drying.
Roasty and calming on a cool evening.

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4323 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this Oolong. It’s really nice.

Yesterday’s Oolong was also a Shui Xian and that was purely by coincidence. I did not even realize that this was a Shui Xian until I started to put it in my gaiwan. Sure, the label said Shui Xian but what I was really focusing on was the “Oolong” part.

And as I’m tasting this, I do note similarities between this and the tea that I had last evening. They possess similar honey-esque tones and fruit notes, as well as roasty, charcoal-ish, nutty flavors. I notice a little less creaminess with this cup than I remember from last night, but that would be the only real notable difference. Then again, I’m not drinking them side-by-side so I can’t do a very accurate comparison … this is all based on my memory of the tea that I had last night (although I will say that it WAS a memorable tea) versus what I’m sipping right now.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed both teas.

Arbor Tea is one of my favorite companies if for no other reason than the fact that they are very dedicated to preserving the environment and that is important to me. But on top of that, they also provide excellent quality, fair-trade, organic teas.

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6770 tasting notes

Smells like your good ole standby roasty/toasty oolong!

It infuses to a medium brown/grey color.

It’s a rich woodsy-sweet type taste with a nice roasted-goodness to it. The aftertaste is satisfying as well :)

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328 tasting notes

This is lovely, light and slightly toasted. Smooth.

This tea is almost comparable to the Wuyi oolong from JK Tea Shop. I say almost as this one seems to have fewer infusions…BUT, the advantage is this one is organic.

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21 tasting notes

Difficult taste to describe – it’s like tea with honey already added. Slight dryness, it tastes like what I always wished coffee would taste like… Some sort of dark, licorice smooth flavor. Sweet. Good to drink at night.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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