Osmanthus Oolong

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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 oz / 354 ml

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Another of our famous Anxi area oolongs, this tea transports us back to China every time we smell or taste it. This light and refreshing oolong is imbued with the scent of the osmanthus flower and gives off a most rich floral aroma. It reminds us of walking in the botanical gardens in Shanghai, intoxicated by the scent of osmanthus. A premium grade tea sure to please.

Basic Brewing Instructions:

Oolong tea should be given a 10-15 second rinse with the same temperature water as used for brewing. 195˚ F water temperature. Use 1 Tablespoon per 8oz. of filtered water Recommended first steeping of 15 seconds. Add 15 seconds for each subsequent infusion up to 3 minutes. Tea brewing is meant to be a joyful exploration. There are no hard and fast rules. Experiment with the quantity of tea that you use, and steeping times. Enjoy discovering what your preferences are. They may change day to day.

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134 tasting notes

Yesterday afternoon I had a really pleasant time exploring the nuances of this Osmanthus Oolong from Mandala Tea. I know that I have professed my love of all things Osmanthus in other postings, and was looking forward to trying this version from Mandala. It certainly did not disappoint, and I look forward to brewing this in different fashions over the next few weeks.

I brewed using the parameters recommended, gong fu style but in my little 100ml glass oolong pot, so that I could observe the leaves and concentrate the flavors. The dry aroma gives only a faint hint of floral scent, both of oolong and osmanthus. The pale infusion brings out a stronger aroma, and the flavor is quite distinctive. Complex, yet subtle and light. The sweetness of Anxi oolong tempered by the dry champagne tones of osmanthus in the background.

In subsequent steepings, my little pot becomes quite full of the expanded leaves, which are quite beautiful to see. The full leaves show the light oxidation, which release their flavor quickly and show the care with which they were grown, harvested and processed. It truly is an interesting journey reminiscent of walks in a sunny garden. Does the subtle osmanthus flavor come from just the tea leaves alone, or do they somehow infuse the flavor? A very interesting and enjoyable tea!

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

Hello, my friend!! The scent of the flower is imparted on to the leaf before drying, usually overnight, and then the leaves removed. Much like the jasmine pearls in which the pearls are smothered in fresh jasmine petals and then once dry, the petals are removed leaving their intoxicating scent with the tea. I am so happy that you are enjoying it! Dang, I love tea!

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Dry Leaf: Has a light osmanthus fragrance with a light sweet smell almost like a fruit aroma.
Wet Leaf: This is were the osmanthus fragrance is more noticeable and you get what appears a fruit aroma in the background.
Liquor: Is a bright, clear golden yellow color.
Taste: I got a osmanthus flavor with a light fruit like a berry of some sort. The broth was smooth but also felt full-bodied in the mouth. There was a nice sweet after taste to this tea too.
Vessel: 100ml (3 oz.) gaiwan and 5 grams of leaf for 5 steeping’s. FYI: I followed Garret’s tea instructions. Just a side note to all.
Overall Opinion: I give this tea a 90. The tea was good. I enjoyed it. I think if you enjoy lighter oolongs or even Tie Guan Yin you will enjoy this tea as well.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I was a little worried about how this would taste because the smell of the dried tea was so cloyingly sweet. I shouldn’t have worried. The osmanthus was present, and there is an additional oily taste that I’m not used to in oolong, but overall it complements the oolong rather than overpowers is.

It’s not my favorite oolong – it is missing some of the subtleties that I enjoy – but it’s very good.

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Taken from the Teeny Tiny TTB!

I’m so excited bc my roommate made me take her rice out and stashed behind her rice, I FOUND MY TEA SCALE AND A BAG OF TEAS FROM ROUND TWO OF THE TTTTB AND I WAS SO EXCITED AHHHHH

I figured I’d try this tea. I heard about osmanthus before, but I’ve never actually had it. it’s interesting? I don’t think it’d be a flavour I’d really seek out though. I taste a slight butteriness to it. Osmanthus is just… so strange?? I’ll drink the rest of it, but I don’t think I’ll really reach for this tea in the future.

Flavors: Butter

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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