Thank you to Kashyap for sharing this with me, you certainly know good tea!
Looking at the packaging, I saw that this is a Ceylon-eque tea and wondered how “black” it would turn out (am I the only one that thinks of Cylon’s from BSG here? Makes me giggle every time!)
Well, it is very much a black tea! surprisingly so. I know it’s processed like an Oolong, but it really does not taste like one. Which I do not mind, I just find it fascinating. I love hybrid teas!!
My second steep, I tried with milk and it was an entirely different flavour. Almost like a Darjeeling. I suppose that was the influence of the Oolong and Ceylon coming together. Still, I could not stop thinking “Darjeeling” with every sip. So that makes three distinctly different teas within one cup! cool :P
I see that you (Kashyap) recommend this iced, so perhaps I’ll try it that way next!! thanks again for the neato experience! x
Oolong Tea – Extra Special
Dry Aroma: Sweet and fruity, slight spice, hints of tannins, carob, and wood
Wet Aroma: Peach skin, oak, nectarine
Cup: Bright, clean copper liquor with slight orange luminance. Strong notes of apricot flesh and the smooth moderate body create an amazing mouth feel, full, flavorful and fruity. Resembling in many ways a finely crafted Ceylon, its profile is surprising for an oolong and for an African tea. Little to no astringency and offered a surprising number of extractions.
Directions: Use 2 grams (1 rounded tsp) per 6oz of 185-190 degree water, steeped for 2-3 minutes, but allowing for following extractions, by raising the temperature of the water and extending the steep times.