Somehow, I have found myself watching Nature on PBS. Today’s episode “Moment of Impact: Hunters and Herds” focuses on how animals both hunt and protect themselves. I am quite amazed as I have just learned in a matter of 20 minutes that eagles have eyes that are larger than their brains. Queen ants reproduce constantly – laying over 3 million eggs per day. Jack rabbits have the ability to run at speeds of 40 miles per/hour. And more than half of all giraffe calfs fall prey to tigers and hyenas. It is amazing how little I know about nature as I sat transfixed before the television enjoying a cup of Milk Scented Kinsen Oolong.
Composition: Oolong tea grown primarily in the foggy and wet mountain regions of China. There is no milk or milk products contained in this tea.
Dry Visual: Dark green and yellow tightly rolled leaves with brown stems present. Thanks to Stash Tea for the great photo.
Dry Aroma: A blend of nutty, toasty, creamy almost milky with a mild vegetal aroma.
Flavor: Milk Scented Kinsen Oolong is mild yet flavorful. A lover of oolong tea, Milk Scented Kinsen Oolong has a distinctly different feel in the mouth. It has a thick heavy texture that coats the mouth and tongue. Naturally sweet, I found this tea to delicious and thoroughly enjoyed every sip. Unlike the dry aroma, Milk Scented Kinsen Oolong did not have a vegetal quality, typical of some oolongs. Instead it was a unique mixture of toasted creaminess. However, I was amazed by the changes in flavor as the cup cooled – this oolong became sweeter, slightly vegetal with a floral finish floral.
Milk Scented Kinsen Oolong has a mild astringency that becomes more pronounced throughout the cup and into the next infusion. However, I would never add a sweetener for fear of negatively altering the flavor profile. There is something quite amazing about the nuances found in an unsweetened cup of tea.
Liquor: A pale greenish-yellow hue.
Brewing Time: Stash recommends steeping Milk Scented Kinsen Oolong in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. I opted for 4 minutes for the first infusion.
Manufacturer: Stash Tea
If you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Milk Scented Kinsen Oolong tea, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!