A very smooth oolong. Fruity, but not citrus. More flavor as it cooled, but I could not detect the chocolate.
“A very smooth oolong. Fruity, but not citrus. More flavor as it cooled, but I could not detect the chocolate.” Read full tasting note
“Very nice example of this type. A bit lighter than some Shui Xians that I have tried, it’s more refined character makes it a good oolong to pair with food. I wouldn’t be afraid to drink...” Read full tasting note
“I got this tea as a free sampler from teas etc. It has a very weak, unimpressive flavor profile. I even tossed the leaves back in for a minute more steep time, but the flavor did not improve. It...” Read full tasting note
“See my review for Adagio Oolong #8. This is pretty much the same deal but a tad cleaner.” Read full tasting note
This delicious dark oolong has deep, warm, woody tones with a hint of chocolate and fruit. A smooth, well balanced tea from that is traditionally grown and processed in the lovely Wuyi Mountains in China’s Fujian Province.
Shui Xian Tea Type: Oolong Tea
Ingredients: Chinese oolong (shui xian)
Origin of Shui Xian : China
Direct trade quality loose leaf tea for more than a decade. World Tea Championship winners in 2008 & 2009. USDA Certified Organic. Based in US with buying office in China.
Shui XianThe Tea Farm
Shui XianDobra Tea
Shui XianCultivate Tea
Wu Yi Shui XianMad Hat Tea Company
I got this tea as a free sampler from teas etc. It has a very weak, unimpressive flavor profile. I even tossed the leaves back in for a minute more steep time, but the flavor did not improve. It was packaged in a small clear plastic bag, so this tea might have gone south due to prolonged sun exposure in their warehouse.
Sipdown no. 132 of the year 2014. A sample. Made in the gaiwan with short steeps starting at 15 seconds after a rinse.
In the packet, the leaves are so dark they look like black tea leaves. They smell a little like wood.
After steeping, they yield a caramel colored liquor that has a brisk, fruity aroma with a toasty, almost smoky note.
The flavor is more interesting and alive than the other dark oolongs I’ve had recently . (Those were all from Adagio.) I can see what they mean by the chocolate note. It’s not as strong as the chocolate notes one finds in black teas, but it’s there. It’s not a sweet chocolate, more of a dark beany one around the edges. Very nice. The fruitiness here is more complex than in some dark oolongs where you basically feel like you’re sucking on a peach pit, and that’s the single note stonefruit flavor. This one isn’t as woody/stoney, and is more reminiscent of the pulpy fruity part of an apricot.
It doesn’t change as much from steep to steep as I’d expect, but the smoky notes come out around steep three, as does a little astringency which is interestingly coupled with a soft mouth feel.
There’s a smoky, woody aftertaste. The steeped leaves are chocolate brown and have a mild woody scent with a sharp fruity note.
If I didn’t have about a thousand other oolongs to taste, I would put this on the shopping list as I think it merits playing around with a bit more. As it is, while I like it quite a bit, it isn’t completely knocking my socks off screaming “drop everything and buy me!”