Ever since I switched over to loose tea I started paying closer attention to different kinds of teas and learning as much as I could. The word oolong was being thrown around quite a bit and I began noticing oolong tea bags at the local health food store. I often wondered about this mysterious tea with a fancy name. What exactly did it taste like?
About two weeks ago I decided to find out and ordered High Mountain Oolong from DAVIDsTEA after reading some great reviews on Steepster. At $10 per 25g this tea is in the premium price range and as a result, my expectations were high.
Opening the package revealed beautifully curled green tea leaves with mild, unassuming aroma. The smell was reminiscent of green tea only a lot more subtle.
The steeped tea smelled delicious, a little sweet with a hint of wet wood aroma. By taking a sip I was thrown into an array of flavors very foreign to me. Oolong tea production lies somewhere in the middle between gentle handling and non-oxidation of green tea and complete oxidation of black tea. What I was tasting here was definitely complex and very different from both green and black teas that I know. There was something to this tea I couldn't put my finger on. A very pleasant aroma that hit me every time I put my nose to the teacup and a delicious flavor that lingered with every sip. It tasted buttery and a bit vegetal but not the same vegetal taste you would get from green tea. I also detected a mild and very pleasant astringency at the back of my tongue.
By now I should be done with the tasting but no... something was luring me back. That taste and aroma that returned every time I took a sip, that made this tea distinct from all the other teas I tried. It intrigued me and made me sip over and over to try and figure it out. It was sweet and a bit floral and when I closed my eyes I imagined wild flowers in the woods after a pouring rain.
Overall this was a delicious tea, the kind that I wouldn't mind having every day. In this price range though, it will have to remain a treat but a treat I'll be delighted to have.
Steeping temperature: 94C
Steeping time: 5 minutes
Steeped in: glass teapot