Cui Luan High Mountain Jade Oolong Tea - Winter 2014

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Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Broth, Cream, Floral, Spinach, Umami, Brown Sugar, Butter, Yeast
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195 °F / 90 °C 8 g 6 oz / 180 ml

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  • “I’ve become entirely enamoured by oolongs. The range of flavours is outstanding. I love a good pu-erh too, but the majestic oolong has stolen my heart. Aside from flavour, I actually managed to...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Has that buttery, light classical high mountain oolong flavour, a brown sugar sweetness, along with the yeasty fermenty GABA taste. Not bad but not my favourite.” Read full tasting note
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The Cui Luan region of Ren Ai county started oolong cultivation in the 1980s. Nearby to Cui Luan but at a lower altitude was the tea area where the famous Chinese tea company “Ten Ren” acquired their high mountain material in the early days. These tea plantations are not easy to reach since they are located in the very heart of mountains accessible only by long winding steep dirt roads, and thanks to that the region has avoided over-development.

This Cui Luan Jade Oolong from the recent winter delivers a powerful aroma that won’t fade even if stored for a few years! Incredibly thick body, pungent floral cream aroma and powerful qi!

Harvest: Winter 2014 / 冬 二零一四

Varietal: Qing Xin Oolong / 青心烏龍

Elevation: 1800 M

Region: Cui Luan / 翠巒

Oxidation Level: 25%

Roast Level: 0

Aging Potential: Mild

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I’ve become entirely enamoured by oolongs. The range of flavours is outstanding. I love a good pu-erh too, but the majestic oolong has stolen my heart. Aside from flavour, I actually managed to brew the same gaiwan of Cape Jasmine two days in a row! Amazing.

I’m trying the third tea from that order today. Although this high mountain jade oolong was made in 2014, it has a very young appearance and overall tastes a bit closer to a green tea than a darker oolong (I suppose this is why it’s called “jade”?). It actually reminds me of another green tea I reviewed a few weeks back from Yunnan Sourcing, ironically called “Yunnan Jade Dragon” as well (although more brothy).

The flavour profile is a really nice balance of soup broth, spinach, cream, and gentle floral notes reminiscent of King of Duck Aroma, but nowhere near as in your face. I think I prefer the aroma better than the taste though.

In conclusion, I won’t be buying this again. I definitely prefer oolongs that are sweeter and more fermented, this is too green for me. It’s still a great tea, but I’m happy I only purchased 25 grams.

If anyone makes it this far down my review, please recommend me some of your favourite oolongs! Even if it’s a “green” oolong I will still try it, I’m sure many of them do not taste like this.

Flavors: Broth, Cream, Floral, Spinach, Umami

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
LuckyMe

I personally love green oolongs. Shibi oolong from TTC and Li Shan are a couple of my favorites. If you like something greenish but not too green, TTC has a light roasted competition Ali Shan that’s really nice. It’s fruitier and less grassy than other green oolongs

So Keta

Amazing, thanks for the recommendations! I’ll keep my eyes open for them. Fruitier sounds more up my alley. I really love milk oolong too, do you know of any that dance into that realm of flavour?

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Has that buttery, light classical high mountain oolong flavour, a brown sugar sweetness, along with the yeasty fermenty GABA taste. Not bad but not my favourite.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Yeast

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