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A-Li-Son Oolong Tea

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Brand:Tradition
Style:High Mountain Oolong
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Chiayi, Taiwan
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Nov. 29, 2010

Commercial Description

Tradition Oolong Tea Series-the symbol of the finest tea because of its distinctive aroma and pleasant taste. Enjoy a cup of A-Li-Son Oolong Tea, it will give you a leisurely and carefree mood at any time.

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77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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What a steal! Where I live (Ohio), it sometimes difficult to find nice Tea in an actual store but every now and then you get lucky. I picked this up at a local International Market not expecting much out of it as the price was very cheap (100 grams for $7.99). I've not had much luck with similar purchases in the past in this price range. Typically, the quality of the tea is poor or the packaging and shelf life has ruined what might have once been something nice. This was definitely a hit with me. It was vacuum sealed in a bag within a quality tin giving it a really fresh burst of aroma when I opened it up. It is a High Mountain rolled Oolong from Taiwan. The dry leaves have a very ripe fruity aroma as opposed to the strong floral essense I've experienced with some other similar Oolongs. The taste, to me, was that of overripe apples, honey and a slight bit of fermented skunkiness. The tea is a beautiful golden color. The taste is not as bold as some Taiwanese Oolongs I have tried but it is still very pleasing and I tend to prefer subtle flavors more anyway. It is easy to brew from a perspective of astringency control. I found 1 teaspoon around 190F for 4.5 minutes was my favorite. I'm really satisfied with this tea for the price I paid. Definitely a bargain.
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80 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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I thought this tea was very good for its price! It was smooth and reminded me a little of chicken soup (odd, I know, but it had a comforting quality!) I'll definitely be having this tea again! :)
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87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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Now and then I buy tea loose-leaf tea in Chinatown, Asian import stores, and other specialty food stores, and I am often disappointed. However, this one was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much: I bought 100 grams of this Alishan Oolong for $7, which seemed extraordinarily cheap. I've had better Alishan Oolong, but I honestly can't say I've ever had any Taiwanese oolong of this quality for such a low price.

The dry leaf is intensely aromatic, although less floral than a lot of high mountain oolong. Not many leaf buds: this is mostly large, mature leaves, but honestly? I sometimes like it like that.

I've tried brewing this one many different ways, and the results are remarkably consistent whether I use more leaf and make many brief infusions, or make two longer infusions. The leaves are not tightly rolled but are quite slow to unfurl, and I find, even given ample space to expand, will often not unroll completely until the second or third steeping. It's a waste if you only steep this tea once! Unlike some oolongs, which change radically from one infusion to the next, this one stays fairly similar in each infusion.

The aroma is honey-like, and floral, with a hint of skunkiness. I have come to like Alishan more than Dong Ding because it has darker tones in the aroma, and this tea is no exception. The flavor is exceptionally sharp (in a pleasing way) relative to the light, clear color and the milder aroma. Strongly bitter, but with very little astringency or sourness. Exactly how I like my tea! Upon drinking the cup the floral aroma becomes more intense.

The floral qualities are remarkably persistent into subsequent infusions, and if you let this tea steep a long time, it becomes stronger and more bitter, but does not become overly astringent.

This is a versatile tea and I was quite surprised it was available at such a reasonable price. I am eager to try more loose teas from this brand and see if they are also of the same level of quality.
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