Certified Organic "Winter Rhythm" Oolong Tea - Winter 2015

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Not available
Flavors
Astringent, Chocolate, Flowers, Pleasantly Sour, Almond, Butter, Hay, Roasted, Floral, Vanilla, Creamy, Sweet
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
Edit tea info Last updated by Togo
Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g 4 oz / 115 ml

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  • “Vibrant, medium bodied oolong that can wake you up in the morning.. I would recommend using longer infusions, I find that it can sustain them without getting bitter. On the other hand, that way one...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I’m going to sound like a jerk in this review. Here it goes. I’ve tried 14 different jade oolongs in the past month and I have only been satisfied with a few of them. I’ve been hoping for a good...” Read full tasting note
    85

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Although this is a low elevation tea from Ming Jian, we still feel the urge and excitement to introduce it to tea lovers around the globe. Not only is this tea organically grown, affordable, and easy to drink, it also carries a very special sweetness that will soak into your tongue and throat, at once soothing and stimulating!

A tea grown at this (lower) elevation which is both flavorful and powerful is thanks to two factors – first is the organic plantation, second is the coolness of the winter weather. Due to the coolness of December, the tea trees will grow much slower and “fatter” than usual to survive the harsher weather. The result is a unique aroma and body that could only appear when the tea plants are in rhythm with the winter weather! (冬片) tea.

This extraordinary tea will also be the last tea that we offer in our Winter 2015 collection. It’s a perfect tea to welcome the upcoming spring, or to enjoy at anytime of the year. Despite its lower elevation and low oxidized process, the opulent substance within will make it a good candidate for aging.

Harvest: Winter 2015 / 冬 二零一五

Varietal: Four Seasons Spring / 四季春

Elevation: 450 M

Region: Ming Jian / 名間

Oxidation Level: 15 %

Roast Level: 0

Aging Potential: Medium

Certified Organic

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Vibrant, medium bodied oolong that can wake you up in the morning.. I would recommend using longer infusions, I find that it can sustain them without getting bitter. On the other hand, that way one gets fuller, more complex taste with some astringency as well.

It is a fairly aromatic and balanced tea, with some chocolate notes in the aftertaste. All in all the price/quality ratio is exceptional, definitely worth trying out at least.

Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Flowers, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Leafhopper

It looks like we made very similar orders from Taiwan Sourcing—Egret 17, Sanxia Oriental Beauty, Winter Rhythm. (I ordered too early to be tempted by the pricy winter offerings.) You’re getting to the teas faster than I am!

Togo

Yeah, it’s my first foray into Taiwanese teas (and oolongs in general) and I am enjoying it quite a bit :)

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I’m going to sound like a jerk in this review. Here it goes.

I’ve tried 14 different jade oolongs in the past month and I have only been satisfied with a few of them. I’ve been hoping for a good daily drinker, but I’ve actually preferred some flavored ones over the pure ones. I actually feel silly in spending so much money on daily drinkers instead of slightly more expensive ones that I might be more satisfied with. I personally don’t think that more expensive teas taste better by default; I’ve had a slightly more generic jasmine oolong that I enjoyed much more than a Long Feng Xia and a Li Shan that I enjoyed more than its prestigious Da Yu Ling cousin. I’ve also enjoyed a vanilla black chai more than a Wild Dianhong of a better leaf grade quality. Lord am I persnickety.

So from all of the frickin’ oolongs I’ve guzzled, this one probably had the best mouth feel, texture, and durability of the teas. Much of what I said in the earlier note is true: it has a pronounced spinach creaminess that borders on vanilla and a very pronounced clover floral taste overall. It is on the low to medium sweeter end of oolongs and definitely makes a good daily drinker that rivals some Ali Shan’s in terms of textural complexity, but it lacked the fruitiness or the honey notes that I hope for in the steeps I’ve had so far.

This is a great tea for a great price, but it is something I should have sampled instead of bulked. I think that the tea deserves a 85-90 for it’s strength, balance, texture, and quality, but a 75 for flavor. Because of my lack of general satisfaction with the sheer quantities I have, I am going to sell most of my tea soon so I can minimize my collection and buy different teas. I still recommend Taiwan Sourcing as a great company. I’ve just not been happy with the seasons for my favorite tea types and particular against the general ones.

BigDaddy

Oh boy, I’m in the same mess. Would love to find just the one but there are too many to choose from and then by the time I get to a find, it’s a new year. Have to agree that Taiwan Sourcing and Taiwan Tea Crafts are the in the high quality list but as it goes the only teas I buy for daily drinkers are the Laoshan Black and Imperial Mojiang.

Daylon R Thomas

You are an accomplished chief with the palette to match, unfortunately lol. Yunnan Sourcing?

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