What a wonderful week I have had. No class – my cohort group had a break between the end of our Organizational Development and Change Class and the upcoming Statistics class. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the world. One would think that Tea Escapade would have daily posts. To the contrary, I took a break from blogging as well. It was much needed. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been drinking tea. Every day this week, I enjoyed numerous cups of Lishan Oolong, the subject of this tea review.
Composition: Simply Taiwanese Oolong tea – nothing more and nothing less.
Dry Visual: Very green, tightly rolled tea leaves with protruding stems. Thanks Jing Tea for the picture. Although not typical of my reviews, I must state that the wet leaves were absolutely gorgeous! Probably the largest tea leaves I have ever seen. If I have time, I’ll photograph and post.
Dry Aroma: Very nutty with a distinct yet not overpowering vegetal smell.
Flavor: Lishan Oolong is fabulous. From the first sip to the last, I was impressed by its distinct taste. This oolong begins with a mild green(vegetal) flavor, as the dry aroma suggests yet exhibits a strong nutty middle. Lishan Oolongis complex – extremely creamy with a buttery finish. In the aftertaste I detected a faint floral quality. I absolutely love the variety of flavors and full-bodied nature of this oolong. Naturally sweet, Lishan Oolong did not require a sweetener.
Lishan Oolong appears to have been created with higher quality tea leaves. The flavor is consistent cup after cup even after four (4) infusions from the same leaves. My preference is to enjoy this tea when I have time to savor the strength of the leaves. During one of my tea drinking sessions, I was only able to steep and drink a single infusion of Lishan Oolong and was left feeling guilty the rest of the day for wasting the tea leaves.
Liquor: Very clear yet quite yellow hue.
Brewing Time: A recommended brewing time was not provided, thus reliance upon past oolong steeping experience was necessary. I steeped 1 1/4 teaspoons of Lishan Oolong for 2 minutes during the first infusion adding an additonal 2 minutes for each subsequent infusion.
Manufacturer: Jing Tea
If you have had the opportunity to taste a cup or two or three or four of Lishan Oolong Tea, stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!