taiwan high mountain oolong tea
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Today's tea was teh Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea from Seattle Tea Company.
Brewed five minutes with water just shortly off the boil in a ten ounce tetsubin.
Dry, they are greenish grey rolled in a loose gunpowder style, rich grassy aroma with a vague hint of mint and fennel.
Wet, are not whole leaves but large sized cut. A very scant amount of tea expanded to fill the filter as you can see in the photo. They have a green floral aroma with a slightly herbal tang.
Tea: Brews to a pale green gold with a medium bodied mouth feel, virtually no atringency. Flavor is remarkably light and mild, tends to make me think of a white tea more than an oolong. Very mild vegetal taste, but very little else oddly enough. With the aroma of the leaves, I was expecting something truely unusual. The tea is quite pleasant, there is nothing negative or wrong about it, but there is nothing extraordinary or unusual about it either. It does not seem to have the characteristic nutty or floral or earthy flavor that most oolongs have, it's actually sort of bland.
I will try it again sometime with a longer brew time and see if it makes a difference, but as it stands now this is a pleasant enough tea, but has no special zing to it to draw me to want to buy more.
Just out of curiousity, can anyone tell me what the characters in my yixing tasting cup say?