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taiwan high mountain oolong tea Originally uploaded by Chorus… 
3rd-May-2007 05:33 pm

taiwan high mountain oolong tea
Originally uploaded by Chorus of Chaos.

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?

3rd-May-2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if the leaves are on the grey side, that could account for the flat quality of the tea. Might mean that they were over handled during processing...
4th-May-2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
It might also be worth trying a shorter brew - 5 minutes strikes me as a very long time for an Oolong. Maybe also use more tea, even if you need to take out the filter to give it space?
5th-May-2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
I used more tea than was showed in my palm, that was just a bit poured out so for the photo itself.

I thought the five minutes was an oddly long time as well, but it was the time recommended on the package. I've got enough of it ot experiment around with it and will do, because dry it was quite intriguing, and I'd like to see if I can get it to brew up to match that initial expectation! Thanks for the suggestions!
5th-May-2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the brewing instructions you get with tea are hopelessly wrong! It's possible they're not, but I've seen wildly wrong instructions on tea more than once...

You could also try it with rather cooler water, come to think of it - and with some teas it seems to make a difference if you take it off before it boils, rather than waiting for it to cool down.

Good luck! I hope it doesn't turn out that it's just a bit of a dud tea...!
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