It wasn’t until recently that I enjoyed my first cup of Oolong Tea. I often chuckle when I reminisce about my complete lack of knowledge of the world of tea. The more I learn, I realize how much I do not know. So many varieties… brewing techniques… terminology… distinguishing characteristics… it is mind boggling. Admittedly, it’s always difficult to decide what new tea to order. I am sure you can imagine the internal debate I experienced when vacillating between whether or not to order Champagne Oolong. Yet how could I not resist?
Composition: According to the manufacturer’s packaging, rare, top grade, entirely handmade Wulong (also known as Oolong or Wu long) tea.
Dry Visual: A mixture of brown and dark green curling leaves with hints of light green and tan leaves.
Dry Aroma: I am reminded of the woods after a refreshing rain.
Flavor: Unexpectedly crisp and clean. Champagne Oolong is naturally sweet with a slight floral taste. I enjoyed two infusions. During the first I drank half without sweetener and the other half with honey. I believe the honey distorted the flavor so I drank the second infusion pure – with no sweetener. There is no hint of bitterness, but a hint of dryness. Champagne Oolong is simply delicious.
Liquor: A rich dark amber hue with hints of red.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 2 – 3 minutes and of course I brewed for 3 minutes during the first infusion. The second infusion required brewing for 10 minutes to retain the flavor of the first infusion. (I did taste at 5 and 7 minutes.)
By far I believe this is my favorite Oolong. The taste is incomparable and I would certainly drink over and over again. You must try it for yourself, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Until my next review… Happy Tea Drinking!