Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Enjoying Tea
Jasmine Oolong is a favorite beverage for all seasons. It produces a pale yellowish brew with a rich and distinctive flavor expertly infused with the sweet, delicate fragrance of fresh summer jasmine. The tea has a very light and subtle jasmine flavor.
I love this Jasmine Oolong! It is wonderful!
The Oolong tea is light in flavor with a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Just slightly vegetative but with very little buttery taste that is often associated with the greener Oolong varieties. It has a hint of fruity taste as well, just barely there, lingering in the background.
There is a light astringency to it that seems to wash over the mouthfeel just enough so that it doesn’t impart a slick feeling in the finish. The aftertaste is lightly floral.
The jasmine is so beautifully delicate in this cup. It doesn’t overwhelm the palate and it isn’t too sweet or too sharp… a pleasant balance of characteristics to this jasmine, and I like that it doesn’t interfere with the complexity of the Oolong.
I steeped this in a gaiwan – steeping just 45 seconds for the first steep, and increasing the time by 15 seconds for each subsequent infusion. I managed eight very flavorful infusions this way. The sumptuous flavor is so comforting and delightful!
This is a tea I’d recommend to those who wish to explore jasmine but find some of the green jasmine teas to be a bit too sharp or overwhelming. This jasmine may just be the perfect jasmine for you!