Zealong Dark 2011/12

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Oolong Tea
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Caramel, Earth, Fruity, Honey, Malt
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Edit tea info Last updated by Peggie Bennett
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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “So after about 7 infusions, I think that this year's tea is not as strong as the 2009 (?) tea. Although it could be because the '09 tea was my first, then everything has to compare to that,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Zealong dark oolong from Waikato, New Zealand is a world-class tea. This "dark" style is soft and gentle, yet complex. It has a roasted, earthy flavour with malt, caramel, honey notes. So smooth...” Read full tasting note
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So after about 7 infusions, I think that this year’s tea is not as strong as the 2009 (?) tea. Although it could be because the ’09 tea was my first, then everything has to compare to that, lending to somewhat of a bias. Very little compares to the first time! :-)

I think the ‘11 tea doesn’t taste as “roasty” as the ‘09 tea. BUT, having said that, it does have a character all its own. Buttery smooth, roasty vegetable flavor. Cold, the grassy notes come out more, warm is just a nice cuppa to…well, cup. Welcoming scent, you know you’re in for a treat! It still has that layered personality that I know Zealong to have, it’s like a cousin to the ’09 leaves. Same family, some similar characteristics, but still a stand alone individual.

Long story short, IT’S GOOD.

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Zealong dark oolong from Waikato, New Zealand is a world-class tea.
This “dark” style is soft and gentle, yet complex. It has a roasted, earthy flavour with malt, caramel, honey notes. So smooth with a smoked straw, yet sweet lingering after-taste. Expect to get around 4 steeps (or more!). A 50g pack will yield approx. 80 cups.
Pure New Zealand + Kiwi ingenuity / determination = a 6 star oolong!

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Fruity, Honey, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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