Bai Hao Oolong from TeaVert

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  TeaVert

Product Description:

Bai Hao is one of most renowned oolong teas and has natural fruity aromas with notes of peaches that produce a sweet and spring honey tasting bright-reddish orange tea liquor.

Taster’s Review:

This Oolong brews to a beautiful, bright amber color that is pleasantly fragrant.  Smelling a little of flower and of fruit, with just a hint of smoke in the distance, this tea is begging me to take a sip!

The sip begins with a bright introduction of peach-like flavor with very subtle floral notes weaving throughout.  About mid-sip, the palate is enveloped with a smooth sweetness that is honey-like in flavor.  It is about this time that I notice that the light yet silky mouthfeel.

I don’t notice a tremendous amount of astringency with this cup, however, I do notice enough to mention it.  It seems to softly polish the palate.  The aftertaste is sweet with a savory whisper of tangy/sour taste.

A delightfully complex Oolong!  I love this!

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Purple Bamboo from Rishi

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Rishi

Product Description:

This tea is an experimental oolong from an organic-in-conversion farm from Fujian, China. It is harvested from a white tea bush varietal and processed similar to Taiwanese Bai Hao Oolong and Fuding Gong Mei White tea. The dry leaf shows a unique and colorful style with a silvery, white, dark green and tippy appearance. One serving of Purple Bamboo can be infused many times and offers deep, complex fruity flavors and floral aromas. The rich mouth feel and upfront and lingering aroma suggests Darjeeling Muscatel, Lilac, Gardenia, Pit Fruit, Grape and Hops.

Use a porcelain guywan, or a Ho-hin. Add 2-3 tablespoons per 5-6 ounces of water. Infuse with 185°F-190°F water. First infusion is 2-3 minutes, second infusion 2-3 minutes, 3rd thru 5th infusions should be 4-5 minutes. Depending on the amount of tea and the water temperature, you may infuse this tea many more times.

Tasters Review:

This one certainly intrigued me.  And let me tell you…the curiosity didn’t end with my cup!

The dry smell of this before infusion was a floral yet earthy-sweet smell. The post infusion was more of a manly grape or maybe a drier wine type scent for description purposes.  It’s very light brown in color.

The taste is woodsy yet fruity and floral!   To describe the fruit like tastes I would probably say a combination of grape, apricot, maybe a hint of plum.   It’s also floral like Lilac or even lily – if you can imagine that.  And let’s not forget the woodsiness of the taste!  Towards the end of the sip I get a surprisingly semi-chewy taste, too!

This tea is very memorable and made me think. I like that.  And I like this tea  a great deal!

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