Again another moment of silence for a company that is missed by the tea loving community. Every tea that I have from SpecialTeas is always fabulous. Thank you Mercuryhime for this one. I have a high liking for dark oolongs they definitely have their own unique characteristics. The dry leaf has a woodsy aroma to it. When I was putting the water in with the dry leaf I noticed a sweet cranberry honey like aroma. That lovely aroma transfers into the cup. Hints of honey, cranberry, bing cherry, maybe even a little bit of grapefruit hits the palette. However I what I find odd about this tea is it’s ninja like camouflage skills. The dry leaf is a dark brown but add hot water and you the green. A great oolong though. Ahhh SpecialTeas if only I had found you sooner(sigh).
China Zhongshan Baiye Oolong 519
Experience a tea with an amazing history. Grown in the Phoenix Mountains of the Chinese Guangdong Province, this Oolong has been entirely handmade for over 700 years – since the Ming Dynasty, long before tea was introduced to the Western World. It is grown on ancient, un-pruned tea trees, and can be harvested only with the use of ladders. Carefully smelling a handful of the long, dark leaves reveals a broad pallet of fragrances, ranging from woody to toasty, to a most unusual, sweet fruitiness. The golden-amber infusion has a complex yet delicate, toasty-fruity aroma and flavor.
Recommendations: Use 1 soupspoon per 6 oz. cup; heat water until steaming briskly (195ºF); let steep for 2 1/2 min.