Bai Hao Oolong (Amber Dragon)

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Oolong Tea
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190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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  • “The dry leaves smell reminiscent of a young pu-erh with woody / mulchy tones mixed with cocoa, autumn foliage, and a hint of spice. Brewed with a porcelain gaiwan (2.0g / 3.5 oz....” Read full tasting note
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    Bowman 3 tasting notes
  • “Wonderful honey apricot mildness, with a sharp tannic bite at the end of each sip. As stated, similar to a second flush Darjeeling because of the fruity subtleties. Eager for more... in my...” Read full tasting note
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    ashleynicholecook 6 tasting notes
  • “Lovely fruity Oolong, has a bit of the vegetal white tea flavor that I'm not too fond of, but overall a strong choice for a wintery evening. As in the description, apricot and plum flavors come...” Read full tasting note
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    jeremymeyers 9 tasting notes

From Rishi Tea

Bai Hao Oolong is a classic grade of darker oxidized oolong that’s character is similar to Darjeeling black tea with silvery-white tips and tender leaves that extol notes of ripened fruit and honey with an amber and coppery colored infusion. Black tea drinkers enjoy this oolong. Bai Hao Oolong has a pleasant character that complements any meal.

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3 tasting notes

The dry leaves smell reminiscent of a young pu-erh with woody / mulchy tones mixed with cocoa, autumn foliage, and a hint of spice.

Brewed with a porcelain gaiwan (2.0g / 3.5 oz. water)

Rinse: Leaves smell strongly of cocoa, wet autumn foliage, and finishes with tones of dried fruits (dates maybe) and roasted flavors.

1st (4 min. as package states): Leaves smell of pungent, wet autumn foliage with cocoa tones underneath. This gives way to a caramel sweet smell mixed with dried fruits (dates). Liquor is brown with tinge of gold. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Cocoa and woody/mulchy flavors are present. Slight bitterness might be due to brewing, but it is not overbearing.

2nd (shorter, 3.5 min. due to bitterness): Leaves smell more like wet wood or mulch. Caramel tones are also pronounced with the dried fruit smell gone. Liquor is golden brown with a red tinge. The flavor has less cocoa tones and more pronounced caramel flavors accented by wet autumn foliage and wood. The mouthfeel is still syrupy.

3rd (3.5 min.): Leaves smell more one dimensional of wet autumn foliage. The taste is more one dimensional also and consists of wet autumn leaves with a touch of caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is still surprisingly syrupy.

4th (4 min.): Taste profile is basically the same as the 3rd. However, the overall intensity is weakening and the mouthfeel is becoming thinner.

Overall, I did enjoy this tea. What surprised me the most is the persistency of the flavor and mouthfeel. This tea is balanced, has a fair bit of dimensions, and could be steeped 5-6 times. Rishi Tea’s Bai Hao Oolong would be a great starting point for anyone who wants to delve into the world of Oolong!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Spoonvonstup

Interesting- I’ve only had this at a tea shop before, where I couldn’t get over how much this tasted like a black tea. However, they steeped it in big pots down there. If I come across it again, I’ll have to try it gong-fu style to see how it changes. BTW. .. what a nice small gaiwan you have! It’s hard to find anything in the 3oz area (and I’ve got itty bitty hands).

Bowman

Yes, definitely try it gong-fu style. I have also brewed it in a larger (8oz.) yixing teapot and noticed that the flavor changes dramatically when brewed in clay. Personally, I like the flavor better in a gaiwan. It is very small and a good size!! I purchased it from Rishi Tea because of the size. I bet you could find some other places that sell it too. Thanks for the response!! Keep up your great reviews!! :)

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Wonderful honey apricot mildness, with a sharp tannic bite at the end of each sip. As stated, similar to a second flush Darjeeling because of the fruity subtleties. Eager for more… in my experience good at 4 1/2-5 min for 4 infusions.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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Lovely fruity Oolong, has a bit of the vegetal white tea flavor that I’m not too fond of, but overall a strong choice for a wintery evening. As in the description, apricot and plum flavors come through.

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