Classic Phoenix Oolong from Element Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Element Tea

Product Description:

Fine, long-twisted, single-stem leaves provide a light amber-yellow cup that carries a highly fragrant aroma of honeysuckle and almond. This Oolong has a smooth, delicate finish that you won’t forget.

Taster’s Review:

This is an excellent Oolong.  Of course, I say that often when it comes to Oolong as they tend to be my favorites.  Well, my favorite is actually yellow tea, but, I have Oolong a lot more often because it tends to be easier to locate and a little more affordable.  So, when considering these factors, I could easily argue that Oolong teas outshine yellow teas.

But enough of that.  There is enough room in my tea cupboard (but not much room!  haha!) for both yellow and Oolong teas.

This is a fine Oolong.  The dry leaves are very dark and twisted, indicating that these are a deeply oxidized variety of Oolong.  The leaves unfurl slowly and submit many flavorful infusions (which means more tea and a better value!)  But, something else that is intriguing as the leaves unfurl, they reveal themselves to be a little bit more green than the dry leaf.

The first few infusions are smooth and slightly buttery.  There is a nutty essence as well as a sweet, peach-like flavor in the background.  There is also a floral quality to this tea.

The description provided by Element Tea suggests a honeysuckle-like fragrance and that aroma translates into the flavor as well, with a pleasant honeysuckle-esque taste and even a whisper of delicious, savory bitterness that introduces itself to the palate at about mid-sip and then seems to be quickly washed away by the sweet, nutty taste.  That savory bitterness peaks out right at the finish too, and it is rather enticing!

By the third infusion, I taste a little less of the buttery taste and a little more of the floral note.  The nutty flavor is still there, but, it is a little less sweet than before.  These changes in taste are what I would call “transitions” – they are gentle and not in stark contrast to the previous infusions.

The later infusions are much like the third.  I managed six very flavorful infusions from one measurement of leaves.  I chose to brew this tea in my gaiwan, and I think that this is the best vessel for brewing a good quality Oolong such as this.

If you like Oolong … this one is an absolute must try!  It has such a lovely, silky texture to it that treats the palate to so many wonderful layers of flavor.  I love this tea!

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