I totally forgot to post a review of this tea. I finished a sample of it back around the second or third week of December and ended up moving on to other teas before reviewing it. I discovered review notes in my notebook last night, and I am only now getting around to posting a formal review. I’m not all that familiar with Longfengxia oolongs, but I found this one to be a very nice Taiwanese high mountain oolong regardless.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a very quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 8 seconds. This infusion was chased by 12 subsequent infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, I found aromas of butter, cream, and sugarcane balanced by some vegetal and floral tones. After the rinse, I noted emerging vanilla, custard, and cinnamon aromas. The first proper infusion began to better bring out some of the tea’s floral qualities, as I began to detect more distinct scents of orchid, lilac, and violet. In the mouth, the liquor offered lightly vegetal notes reminiscent of grass, spinach, and coriander as well as notes of cream, butter, sugarcane, and vanilla. There were also some slight floral and fruity notes toward the finish. Subsequent infusions brought out the floral notes in the mouth. I also began to note cinnamon on the palate. Aside from the expected lilac, violet, and orchid, I began to pick up narcissus and gardenia. New notes of lettuce, cucumber, seaweed, minerals, citrus (tangerine?), Asian pear, green apple, and lychee became detectable as well. The later infusions were mild and pleasantly smooth, offering lingering notes of butter, cream, minerals, grass, and seaweed accompanied by occasional hints of lychee, citrus, sugarcane, and orchard fruits (green apple and pear).

This was a delicate, delightfully complex oolong with a very nice body and solid longevity in the mouth. Probably one of the more consistent oolongs I have tried from Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company, I have no clue how it would compare to other Longfengxia oolongs, but as high mountain oolongs go, I found it to be very good. For me, it was a wonderful introduction to Longfengxia teas.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Citrus, Coriander, Cream, Cucumber, Custard, Floral, Gardenias, Grass, Green Apple, Lettuce, Lychee, Mineral, Narcissus, Orchid, Pear, Seaweed, Spinach, Sugarcane, Vanilla, Violet

195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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My grading criteria for tea is as follows:

90-100: Exceptional. I love this stuff. If I can get it, I will drink it pretty much every day.

80-89: Very good. I really like this stuff and wouldn’t mind keeping it around for regular consumption.

70-79: Good. I like this stuff, but may or may not reach for it regularly.

60-69: Solid. I rather like this stuff and think it’s a little bit better-than-average. I’ll drink it with no complaints, but am more likely to reach for something I find more enjoyable than revisit it with regularity.

50-59: Average. I find this stuff to be more or less okay, but it is highly doubtful that I will revisit it in the near future if at all.

40-49: A little below average. I don’t really care for this tea and likely won’t have it again.

39 and lower: Varying degrees of yucky.

Don’t be surprised if my average scores are a bit on the high side because I tend to know what I like and what I dislike and will steer clear of teas I am likely to find unappealing.



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