Dayuling High Mountain Winter Oolong Tea, Lot 466

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Apple, Butter, Citrus, Cream, Cucumber, Custard, Grass, Lemon Zest, Lettuce, Mineral, Narcissus, Orchid, Pear, Pineapple, Spinach, Sugarcane, Sweet, Umami, Vanilla, Violet
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 oz / 89 ml

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  • “I’m still working my way through all of the sampler packs I bought from Taiwan Tea Crafts last year, but I’m making good progress. I think I only have nine of the 10g sample pouches left at this...” Read full tasting note
    87
  • “Dry leaf: FLORAL, SWEET (potpourri floral – lilac? – lemongrass, fresh honey sweetness, buttery, bittersweet green, salty sweetness) Smell: FLORAL, SAVORY (lilac, honeysuckle, buttered toast, hint...” Read full tasting note
    87

From Taiwan Tea Crafts

Dayuling Oolong tea is certainly one of the highest grown and best teas in Taiwan. Owing to the particular climate and terroir, Dayuling tea is rich in catechin which reduced the bitter and harsh elements in the liquor. The higher theanine and soluble nitrogen content contributes in heightening the compelling exotic sweetness of this tea. It is truly a unique tea coming from a uniquely rich soil and growing in the best natural conditions one can find. It’s a must for all oolong enthusiast. That is a sign of a good tea! From the very clear and bright, golden yellow liquor will emanate an intricate flowery fragrance of fresh tangy osmanthus that is both sweet and exotic. You will also be rewarded with cup after cup of full bodied, mellow hints of exotic fruits with heady lilac notes. Very generous and very rewarding! This Winter 2015 selection is produced from leaves originating from a garden in the famed 95K section of the Dayuling range. It is a true, authentic representative of this elusive and intriguing terroir.

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I’m still working my way through all of the sampler packs I bought from Taiwan Tea Crafts last year, but I’m making good progress. I think I only have nine of the 10g sample pouches left at this point. I finished this one sometime last week. I took a couple of days to work my way through a bunch of smaller oolong samples and this was one of the first teas I drank. I very much enjoyed it, but like many Dayuling teas, it would not be the sort of tea I would go out of my way to purchase often.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a brief rinse, I steeped 6 grams of rolled tea leaves in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 8 seconds. This infusion was chased by 14 subsequent infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 10 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of butter, vanilla, cream, orchid, and sugarcane. After the rinse, I found emerging aromas of grass and cucumber. The first infusion then brought out a touch of violet on the nose. In the mouth, the tea liquor offered light, delicate notes of cream, butter, vanilla, grass, and sugarcane. Subsequent infusions revealed orchid, violet, and cucumber in the mouth. I also began to detect emerging notes of custard, narcissus, lemon zest, lettuce, spinach, umami, pineapple, tangerine, yellow/golden apple (kind of like Golden Delicious), Asian pear, and minerals. In addition to the previously listed components, I also noted much stronger sugarcane impressions as well as subtle sweet corn notes. The later infusions offered lingering notes of minerals, umami, cream, and butter balanced by subtler notes of vanilla, custard, citrus, and apple. Fleeting impressions of spinach came out on the swallow.

This was a very nice high mountain oolong with admirable depth, complexity, and longevity. Unfortunately, while it did offer some rather unique flavors (the yellow apple notes were a nice touch.), not much else separated this tea from the many other Taiwanese high mountain oolongs I have been drinking lately. Authentic Dayuling teas tend to be very expensive (this one being no exception) and I could not see myself purchasing a tea like this over two similar teas from elsewhere. As a drinking experience, this would be like a 94 for me, but in terms of value, it would be like an 80, so I split the difference and assigned this tea a numerical score of 87. Dayuling has to really wow me before I’ll assign a score of 90 or higher.

Flavors: Apple, Butter, Citrus, Cream, Cucumber, Custard, Grass, Lemon Zest, Lettuce, Mineral, Narcissus, Orchid, Pear, Pineapple, Spinach, Sugarcane, Sweet, Umami, Vanilla, Violet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I felt the same way about Floating Leaves Dayuling…never mind it was excellent.

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Dry leaf: FLORAL, SWEET (potpourri floral – lilac? – lemongrass, fresh honey sweetness, buttery, bittersweet green, salty sweetness)

Smell: FLORAL, SAVORY (lilac, honeysuckle, buttered toast, hint of cooked spinach)

Taste: CREAMY, CITRUS, VEGETAL, FLORAL, SWEET (buttery, lemongrass, orange and lemon peel, potpourri floral, honeysuckle, red apple, creamy sweetness, nut oil, hints of saltwater taffy, salty umami, very light sun-dried tomatoes, spinach)

This tea is like a rollercoaster. It rises up with very high floral notes, then plunges down to a thick, rich umami, vegetal, and creamy body, and then finishes bright, floral, and citrus-sweet. You know what? You could probably write a haiku about this yin-yang experience, but I’ll just stick to describing the tea…

Overall, the high notes are clear and bright and easily weave in and out on a thick, rich base of creamy vegetal flavors. It’s a quality tea for sure.

Now – the tough part. It’s definitely not cheap (although Taiwan Tea Crafts has some of the best pricing out there.) At $.50/g, it’s a splurge – especially since I ended up using a 2:1 g/fl oz leaf:water ratio. So, taste-wise it’s 92/100. Value-wise… hmm… It’s almost twice as expensive as other green oolongs… Is it twice as good as these other oolongs I’ve had? No. But, the 25g sample pack doesn’t exactly break the bank either. Will I purchase it again – most likely. So 85/100 on the price side of things.

Summary of the above, which got too long in my caffeinated state – delicious tea that proves its quality with an almost fine-tuned taste experience. Well worth getting a sample pack and enjoying your mountain experience.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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