Thailand Junxuan Oolong

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185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Region: Thailand is not well known as a tea growing country, producing only a few hundred tonnes of mainly black tea for local consumption. However, in Doi Mae Salong located 45 km north of Mae Chan district in Chiang Rai province at an elevation of about 1,500 meters there are some excellent oolong and green teas produced. The average annual temperature of 25°C and crisp, cool air provides the ideal conditions for tea. Many of the tea bushes growing in Doi Mae Salong originated from Taiwan, and most of the tea production is Taiwanese-style oolong tea, made by descendants of soldiers who defected from the Chinese Revolution in 1949.

For tasting the tea was steeped in 140ml water at 85⁰C for five minutes.

Leaf: small tightly rolled mid to dark green pellets, tighter than Ti Guan Yin pellets.

Infusion – visual: On first steep the pellets semi unrolled; still crimped. Dark green coloured with just the merest hint of oxidation.

Infusion – aroma: very much a true TGY oolong character in the aroma – creamy with some fruit and nuttiness

Liquor – visual: perhaps the palest clear lemon yellow you will have seen in an oolong.

Liquor – taste: a sublime liquor – smooth, balanced, with sweet fruit notes and a heavy mouthfeel.

Summary: despite hailing from a remote part of Thailand this green oolong can take centre stage against Fujian and Taiwanese rivals. Do try it.

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My first try of this Thailand Oolong and lots more where it came from as I bought 100g bag of it. I’ve been drinking blends all day and I’m a little flavoured out and in need of something natural but warm. It’s freezing outside, more snow is due over this weekend. :( Coldest weather for March in over 50 years in the UK. It’s almost April and we have still not seen any sun.

The Oolong balls are large and a mixture if light and dark greens. Rather nice quality thankfully. :) Plus they have an earthen floral dark scent.

Steeping times are as instructed for my first steep
The tea forms a yellow colour with strong vegetal broccoli tones. Also a hint of flowers.

The first sips reveal a delicate, sweet, floral, broccoli tasting Oolong. Fresh and rich with just the right amount of buttery vegetable essence to make this delicious. There’s not an awful lot of dryness either which I’m really digging.

There is also a slight perfumey taste that has some sweetness with it but also a very green taste, more than broccoli… cabbage? peas? broad beans?

Overall it’s a very nice Oolong, quality and taste are good and it reminds me of something that I tried from Tea from Taiwan before. I got 100g but now I know I will have no problem in finishing this off in due time.

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