Wombatgirl sent me a surprise package! How lovely!
In spite of the fact that included a great big pouch of the previously much praised Heritage Aijiao from Red Blossom Tea Company, I’m starting with this one. I don’t, at the moment, really have any unflavoured green oolong in the collection. Not that I remember, anyway. There may be something lurking in the Bits’n’Bobs Basket somewhere. I haven’t looked.
I’m feeling a wee bit under the weather today, so I’ll attempt brevity here. It’s probably not going to work, but there you are.
The aroma of this one is a bit sour, but that’s not particularly off-putting as it seems to be the norm with these oolongs. It’s a bit like lemons but not as sharp.
The flavour has more of those citrus notes, and a buttery sort of undertone. It’s very smooth and seems to have been fermented just exactly enough to take it apart from green teas and into oolong territory. It feels very lightly done at first, and then it builds up more and more, making it more and more oolong-y as I drink.
It does, however, lack a certain crispness. It’s a little too smooth, feels a little too thick, and I’m missing some sort of sharpness to the flavour. An edge, if you will.
For want of a green type oolong, it’s perfectly adequate, though. I like it.