Anxi "Hairy Crab" Mao Xie Fujian Oolong Tea * Autumn 2016

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea
Flavors
Cream, Floral, Milk, Orchid, Smooth, Sweet, Grass, Peach, Peas, Soybean, Stonefruits, Thick, Vegetal
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Bulk, Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
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Average preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “This is a sipdown on a sample from JK7Ray of the 2016 harvest of hairy crab. I like this oolong because it is sweet, floral, and creamy. The smooth creamy mouthfeel makes it a really nice tea...” Read full tasting note
  • “Tea Swap Sample Sipdown of the Day! (4) I was inspired by Roswell Strange‘s goal to drink more straight teas at home, so today’s swap sample is an unflavored oolong from Arby! I find the name of...” Read full tasting note
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Mao Xie means literally “Hair of the Crab” and refers to the hairs on the tea leaves that break off when brewed and float on the top of your cup. Mao Xie has got a thicker and sweeter taste than its more floral counterpart Tie Guan Yin.

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This is a sipdown on a sample from JK7Ray of the 2016 harvest of hairy crab. I like this oolong because it is sweet, floral, and creamy. The smooth creamy mouthfeel makes it a really nice tea general drinking. This is an unroasted oolong, and it isn’t very oxidized. It doesn’t have the mineral or toasted barley notes of a roasted oolong and instead the sweetness and complexity comes in the form of cream or floral nectar tastes.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Milk, Orchid, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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Tea Swap Sample Sipdown of the Day! (4)

I was inspired by Roswell Strange‘s goal to drink more straight teas at home, so today’s swap sample is an unflavored oolong from Arby!

I find the name of this one quite charming. Apparently it’s called hairy crab because of the little hairs that come off of the leaves and float on the surface during steeping. Cute! The rolled pellets here are small and uneven with a variegated medium-to-dark olive green color.

This is lovely! I don’t always enjoy green oolongs, as often they can be a bit too floral for me. But happily, that is not the case here. There is a smooth grassy and somewhat vegetal flavor reminiscent of green peas or edamame. It has that trademark thick and silky oolong mouthfeel, and a clear sweetness that makes me feel as though I’m drinking from a cool mountain stream.

I do taste some floral notes, possibly peony? I really should familiarize myself more with different flowers. The aftertaste is pure peaches and cream, like a smoothie or milkshake.

Very tasty! Straight oolongs will never be my favorites, but this is certainly a delicious example. Thanks, Arby!

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Grass, Peach, Peas, Smooth, Soybean, Stonefruits, Sweet, Thick, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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