Osmanthus Laoshan Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Astringent, Camphor, Cherry, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Honey, Medicinal, Menthol, Metallic, Mineral, Orange, Pleasantly Sour, Smooth, Thick, Wood, Chocolate, Osmanthus, Spices
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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  • “I bought a sample of this in the quest to taste osmanthus for the first time. Gone gaiwan. 5g, 150mL, 205F, flash rinse, 5/10/20/30/40/60/90s. Autumn 2017 harvest. The dry leaf smelled strongly...” Read full tasting note
  • “An interesting experimental batch from Verdant. This is their laoshan roasted oolong blended with osmanthus flowers. I’ve loved the osmanthus scented Taiwanese oolongs I’ve tried so far, but...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Interesting. 10 grams to contemplate, and I liked this one greatly but did not love it. So it had the awesome qualities that we look for on here: it was an oolong, but it was roasty and chocolaty...” Read full tasting note
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Tasting Profile

floral – osmanthus, honey
fruity – pomelo, cherry
spicy – sandalwood, minerality
very savory – dark chocolate

The He Family has a deep knowledge of every flower and herb growing in Laoshan. Every year, they wild-forage herbs for medicine and cooking, but this year they decided to experiment with wild osmanthus blossoms blended with their hand-processed roasted oolong. Because the osmanthus blossoms are so small and so inaccessible for picking, this is an incredibly labor intensive tea to forage and finish. They were able to set aside just a few pounds, the result of a week’s work, for us to share. The osmanthus blossoms are mixed with Laoshan roasted oolong for a subtle and delicate tribute to the craft of the region and the innovation of the He Family.

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I bought a sample of this in the quest to taste osmanthus for the first time.

Gone gaiwan. 5g, 150mL, 205F, flash rinse, 5/10/20/30/40/60/90s.

Autumn 2017 harvest. The dry leaf smelled strongly of – this is just my association, I kept trying to think of better descriptors because it was lacking the preservative/coloring smell – cherry cough syrup, dark chocolate and faint baby powder. Warmed and rinsed leaf scents were similar, dominated by dark chocolate, followed by cherry cough syrup and mandarin orange with floral here and there. So very fragrant.

The tea remained somewhat unchanging in taste and lacked a gravitas. It wasn’t a flavor-bomb and created a sense of being-light bodied even though the mouthfeel told another story. The cherry cough syrup of the leaf turned into something more like a medicinal? cherry candy. Now that I think about it, combined with the dark chocolate, it tasted similar to a kind of candy I’ve had before but so much lighter. There were also notes of wood, minerals and metal. In the second steep, an intensely warming and pure cinnamon came in, said goodbye. There was a separate cypress cooling sensation that arrived midway and joined with the cinnamon appearing again at the end, tasting like camphor and persisting in its warming/cooling effect. I can an hour later still feel it in my ears. It feels like medicine.

Despite the liquor being light in taste, it was rather thick and oily in body. It was also lightly astringent, and like the Laoshan gongfu black I had recently, I was salivating furiously.
Combined with the oily texture and the taste of minerals, this all created a sense of palate cleansing, diminishing the astringent effect. Weird. Bottom of the cup scent was honey, dark chocolate and again with that cherry which all faded as the steeps progressed. In terms of energy, it seems to have for me a tolerable amount of caffeine. I became verrry relaxed and meditative.

At first this tea was off-putting due to the leaf aroma, and I sat skeptical the whole session. But you know what, it’s growing on me as I type this. It comes across as both refined and not. I find it very intriguing. I might be perplexed. It’s definitely not a daily drinker but I would like to have some on hand and also give western style brewing a try. Gonna leave it unrated.

I’m still left wondering what osmanthus tastes like. I should buy just the flowers.

Flavors: Astringent, Camphor, Cherry, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Honey, Medicinal, Menthol, Metallic, Mineral, Orange, Pleasantly Sour, Smooth, Thick, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Yeah, this is not the best introduction to it since the flowers were also dried and roasted.

derk

Do you have a recommendation for a tea that has a clear osmanthus note? I actually ordered more of this tea today (holy crap it’s $ but I just found it so darn intriguing) and its counterpart oolong without the flowers to do a comparison.

LuckyMe

Same experience here. Osmanthus doesn’t marry well with a dark base. I am partial to TTC’s osmanthus scented oolong. It’s a Jin Xuan oolong and has a much more refined osmanthus flavor.

Daylon R Thomas

2nd Lucky me’s suggestion for TTC or Taiwan Tea Crafts. Golden Tea Leaf has a good one, but it is sold out. I have some bags of it if you want to do a mini trade. Here is a mega cheap option:https://www.mountaintea.com/products/osmanthus-oolong, but I’ve had mixed experiences with their tea. The few I’ve had are good, but not always as fresh as they can be.

Daylon R Thomas

Teavivre and Tealyra are also good budget options that are competent in the least, though not amazing in terms of flavor for a lot of their teas with some noble exceptions.

derk

Thanks for the recommendations, LuckyMe and Daylon R Thomas. TTC’s current lot of osmanthus oolong is affordable for me. I’ll give them a try first.

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An interesting experimental batch from Verdant. This is their laoshan roasted oolong blended with osmanthus flowers. I’ve loved the osmanthus scented Taiwanese oolongs I’ve tried so far, but those were green oolongs. This blend is quite different from those floral-focused teas. It’s darker, more savory and the osmanthus plays a supporting role rather than a leading one.

I brewed this grandpa style. The tea appearance is black curled leaves interspersed with orange flecks of osmanthus. Upon sniffing, all sorts of interesting aromas pop out. I detect incense, eucalyptus, spice, and dark soy sauce. The taste is more akin to a laoshan black. There’s the signature chocolate note along with malt, osmanthus, and a hint of orange zest in the finish. As it continues steeping, the flavors begin to round out. The sweetness and osmanthus flavor grow stronger. Mouthfeel becomes soft and a tad oily. A hint of cinnamon spice dances in the background.

Though I enjoyed this tea, it wasn’t a favorite. The roasted notes of the laoshan oolong didn’t really play well with the osmanthus. I think a green or light roasted oolong would complement osmanthus flowers better.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mineral, Osmanthus, Spices

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Interesting. 10 grams to contemplate, and I liked this one greatly but did not love it.

So it had the awesome qualities that we look for on here: it was an oolong, but it was roasty and chocolaty as any of the blacks we all love, so it was smooth and floral. But the addition of the roasted osmanthus adds another weird dimension of EXTRA buttery florals and roast like….popcorn and cherries. Yes, popcorn and cherries. More specifically, kettle corn popcorn with some florals and a hint of cherry sweetness. And then it provides me an image of a calligraphic painting of a deep black cherry wood tree with red blossoms amidst sunny orange and intense white background.

So it should be an amazing tea if it makes me have a wild image, right? Well, I am not sure I would buy it again and again. This is worth it for a small sample, the novelty, and waking up in an intense cold Michigan winter that you don’t want to wake up from, but that’s where it belongs and what I like it for. As for those of you who get this, know what it is before you get it because it really is a unique tea.

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