It is refreshing to look into my tea cupboard and realize that I have a wonderful assortment of teas to choose from. The initial fragrance upon opening the doors simply takes my breath away – it is nothing short of amazing. The last several days, I’ve been drinking Jade Prince aka Tung Ting Oolong. Usually I like to drink a few cups before formulating an opinion. Sometimes another day to articulate the experience in a manner that is easily understood by others.
This morning, I awoke with the sole intention of making a dent in my Finance homework. Instead I was thinking about tea. Jade Prince actually and knew that it was finally time to write my review.
Composition: Taiwanese oolong.
Dry Visual: Very green rolled tea leaves – gunpowder “style” but not quite. Thanks Tantalizing Tea for the photo. One note-I usually don’t discuss the wet visual; however, after steeping, the unfurled leaves were quite large, whole and not broken. Very impressive.
Dry Aroma: Jade Prince aka Tung Ting Oolong has the nutty aroma characteristic of Oolongs but with a little more “green” or vegetal aroma than expected.
Flavor: Jade Prince aka Tung Ting Oolong is a nice oolong. It is very smooth with a buttery finish adding additional complexity to the tea. Jade Prince aka Tung Ting Oolong has distinct green tea undertones without the characteristic vegetal quality or bitterness. Additionally, it is robust and great for someone looking to drink a full-bodied cup of tea. As my cup cooled I tasted a distinct citrus note in the aftertaste that initially I could not immediately recognize. When visiting the Tantalizing Tea website for some assistance, there were references to “hints of pineapple” in the flavor description. After several more sips, I would have to concur.
I truly love oolongs, especially their naturally sweet and nutty flavor. No sweetener is necessary to enjoy Jade Prince and none was added. I enjoyed drinking Jade Prince aka Tung Ting Oolong pure fearing that sweetener would alter the true oolong taste. Eagerly I anticipated my second infusion.
Subsequent infusions were sweeter, milder containing a lower concentration of the “green tea” taste found in the first infusion, while maintaining the buttery smooth qualities. My second infusion of Jade Prince aka Tung Ting Oolong was very good.
Liquor: A very light amber colored liquor – almost gold.
Brewing Time: It is recommended that Jade Prince aka Tung Ting Oolong is steeped for 4 – 6 minutes. I steeped the recommended 4, 5, and 6 minutes with each of my cups. My preferred steeping time is 4 minutes.
Manufacturer: Tantalizing Tea
If you have had a chance to enjoy a cup of Jade Prince aka Tung Ting Oolong, please stop by and share your expereince. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!