Before I start this review, I have to ask a question. Am I the only person that is a little turned off by the number of flavored teas DAVIDsTEA produces? I really prefer my tea unflavored and I would probably order from DAVIDsTEA more frequently if I didn’t have to wade through page after page of gimmicky flavored blends. Maybe it’s just me. At least they offer some solid unflavored teas.
The folks at DAVIDsTEA recommend brewing 1-1.5 teaspoons of this tea in 6-8 ounces of 185 F water for anywhere from 4-7 minutes. I, on the other hand, opted to brew this tea gongfu style. After a quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of this tea in 4 ounces of 190 F water for 20 seconds. I then performed 7 additional infusions with an addition of 2 seconds per infusion (22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 seconds). I found the results very interesting.
The first infusion did not really do much for me. The aroma was very mild, with subtle grass, hay, sesame, and butter aromas underscored by faint floral scents. In the mouth, I detected the expected notes of butter, cream, grass, toasted sesame, and hay underscored by slight woody and floral characteristics. Steeps 2-4 were much more robust, offering stronger aromas and flavors of hay, grass, butter, cream, sesame, and flowers (I couldn’t really determine what they reminded me of, and though orchid and magnolia kept coming to mind, neither the aroma nor the taste exactly fit that description). I also detected a subtle woodiness reminiscent of pine and a slight minerality. On steeps 5-8, the floral, cream, sesame, and butter aromas and flavors gave way to more intense grass, hay, and wood aromas and flavors. Even more vegetal notes emerged. They kind of reminded me of a combination of leaf lettuce and cooked kale. The minerality was also much more pronounced, particularly on the last two infusions.
This is an interesting, yet approachable oolong. In my opinion, it does not quite match the intensity or complexity of some traditional Taiwanese Tung Ting oolongs, but it is still very nice. I could see this being an excellent oolong for beginners because the combination of aromas and flavors is not off-putting or overly complicated, and though the flavor does indeed change over the course of multiple infusions, it does not change radically or in an unpredictable manner.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Grass, Hay, Honey, Kale, Lettuce, Mineral, Pine, Vegetal