Safari Oolong Hand-picked

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Bitter, Floral, Forest Floor, Mineral, Raisins, Sweet, Tangy, Apricot, Astringent, Bark, Cardamon, Cherry Wood, Clay, Dried Fruit, Drying, Malt, Molasses, Pepper, Rose, Spicy, Tart
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 oz / 117 ml

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  • “I’m dying my hair with henna tonight and it has to sit for up to four hours, so I should have time for a few sessions. A nice wind-down to a busy week. Here I have a sample from the generous...” Read full tasting note
    75
  • “I have to say that this tea has aged wonderfully (and fast!). I just wish I had more to see it develop further, today I finished it. Most of the astringency is gone by now, even though the bottom...” Read full tasting note
    86

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Ethically direct-traded Kenyan oolong tea. High elevation, hand-harvested.

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I’m dying my hair with henna tonight and it has to sit for up to four hours, so I should have time for a few sessions. A nice wind-down to a busy week. Here I have a sample from the generous Togo, a Kenyan oolong. I decided to brew this in a gaiwan over western style but in retrospect, I think this would perform better western as there was not a pronounced evolution of flavor. I did get 10 steeps from this tea.

The dry leaf smelled herbaceous and sweet, like a very toned down fenugreek or a damp forest in the spring. I warmed the leaf in hopes of pulling out more aroma and was greeted with heavy notes of plum, apricot and a dark wood. A flash rinse produced notes of butter, wood, stonefruit and cherry. The first steep had a medium, smooth sweet body with tastes of white florals, peach, raisin and plum with a very faint buttery note. Astringency was present and lasted throughout the session. I’d say the peak flavors were present in the first and second steep. After that, the tea developed a complementary bitterness and faded gradually into a pleasant herbaceous and grassy note . The tea was fairly balanced overall though I could never seem to smooth the astringency.

This tea was pretty enjoyable and I think if the price is reflective of the tea’s quality, this would make a great daily drinker.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I have to say that this tea has aged wonderfully (and fast!). I just wish I had more to see it develop further, today I finished it. Most of the astringency is gone by now, even though the bottom of the pouch had some broken leaves. It has a full body with a fantastic buttery and bubbly mouthfeel. The fragrance is also strong, although not necessarily stronger than I remember it. It is different now though, and reminds me of a lighter oxidized autumn flush Darjeeling. The taste is sweeter, more spicy and well rounded and balanced overall. It also gained in complexity as far as I can recall. I enjoyed it a lot.

For this session alone I would rate it close to 90 in fact.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bark, Cardamon, Cherry Wood, Clay, Dried Fruit, Drying, Malt, Molasses, Pepper, Rose, Spicy, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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