Osmanthus Jin Xuan Oolong

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Notes of gardenia, butter, night blooming flowers, and candy box.

Few scents compare to the heady almost intoxicating richness of the fragrance of blooming Osmanthus flowers (Chinese: 桂花, guìhuā). This flower has been used for centuries to scent tea but its practice must be precise and skillful. We have tasted many a cup of osmanthus scented tea that was just overpowering with the floral scent and the tea was lost well beneath. Or, we have also seen the use of osmanthus as a cover for lower quality tea that is been covered up with the floral aroma.

This tea that we excitedly bring to you has neither of the above two distractions. This premium Osmanthus Oolong tea is a product of three generations skill in natural flower blending. The cultivar used in this tea is none other than the rich creamy Jin Xuan TRES No. 12 known for its smooth and refreshing finish.

This tea comes from Nantou County, Taiwan where the fresh organic osmanthus flowers are harvested. The tea is lightly baked as part of the regular oolong processing of Jin Xuan and then the fresh flowers are added overnight to soak up the ideal balance of scent and flavoring and then removed in the morning. This process may be repeated if needed to achieve just the right balance without being overpowering.

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Well, I have some great news. I PASSED BOTH THE MICHIGAN SOCIAL STUDIES AND HISTORY CERTIFICATION TESTS! That’s one HUGE weight off my shoulders. Since one of my friends sent me a decent amount of tea, I decided to celebrate with this buddy on the green side.

I’ve always wanted to try Totem Tea, but never have because of price. This tea so happened to be on the list. I got what I expected from an Osmanthus oolong, and the first two steeps-15 sec and around another 15-20 sec with 200 F water-were nicely floral and sweet. I got a little bit of the chestnut thing going on with the notes. It was on the sweeter floral side and very savory over all. This was good compared to others I’ve had, but I think I like a little bit more floral in my oolong hence my preference for the green mega light roasts. The longevity was sold- about 4 good steeps and 2 decent ones later from half of a sample package. I’m assuming the amount was close to 3 grams. I brewed it twice and the sample felt like 5.

I was still happy to try this and enjoyed it all the better. I think it’s pretty approachable for someone newly trying it, my roommate liked it fair enough. If you otherwise drink oolong and know osmanthus, you know what you are getting yourself into.

Evol Ving Ness





Sweet. Congrats!!

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