As the blustery winds of winter roll in, we are not only greeted by cold, grey, and cloudy days, but also the dreaded flu, sinus infection and colds. No, I don’t have the winter blues, but I do have a dreaded cold. Coughing, sore throat, stuffy nose, tight chest and fatigue. During these times, nothing is better than a hot cup of tea to soothe the throat and ease the mind. I have enjoyed tremendously, multiple cups of Jade Oolong.
Composition: Oolong from Nantou, Taiwan
Dry Visual: Yellow, hints of red (some have described as brown), light and dark green curled leaves with stems present. Thanks Rishi for the photo.
Dry Aroma: Very sweet and floral yet fresh and clean. Don’t worry, I smelled after being medicated when my olfactory system was operating properly! :-)
Flavor: Jade Oolong is simply wonderful. Admittedly, I am biased towards Taiwanese oolongs, therefore this tea had a head start in the flavor category. Jade Oolong is a full-bodied tea. As the dry aroma suggests, this tea is distinctly floral and amazingly sweet, yet not overpowering. I continued to taste the floral flavor in the back of my throat some time after I finished my cup. Rishi describes the floral quality as lilacs – I would certainly agree. While drinking my cup, I closed my eyes for just a moment and could envision myself strolling through a garden full of lilacs on an early spring morning.
I found Jade Oolong to have no astringency, not even a hint of dryness. It was very fresh and clean – a palate cleanser. Therefore, no sweetener was needed nor would I recommend it. I fear that sweetener would mask the subtle flavors of this tea.
Liquor: A pale greenish-yellow hue.
Brewing Time: According to the directions, the recommended steeping time is 3-4 minutes in water that is 195 degrees F. I steeped 3 minutes for the first infusion and 4 minutes for the second infusion.
Manufacturer: Rishi Tea
If you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Jade Oolong, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!