Tea: Tsui Yu Jade Oolong Tea

An Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

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Brand:Eco-Cha
Style:Oolong Tea
Region:Nantou, Taiwan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
# Ratings:3 View All
Product page:Tsui Yu Jade Oolong Tea

Review of Tsui Yu Jade Oolong Tea

AromaFlavorValueTotal
10 of 105 of 55 of 597 of 100
OutstandingExcellentOutstanding

I loved this tea...it is extremely green and light for an oolong, and has a distinctive "tropical greenhouse" aroma. A little picky about brewing, but worth it because the results were pretty astounding when I figured out how to brew it to my liking.

Intensely floral and vegetal, like the inside of a greenhouse filled with tropical plants. The floral scent is remarkable in how it resembles actual flowers...a lot of green oolongs are "floral" to varying degrees but this one really is like sticking my nose in an orchid.

Flavor is very subdued when brewed Western style...leaves a very smooth, clean sensation on the palate. Naturally sweet and with a slight, pleasing bitterness that is more of an undertone rather than a bite or kick. Unlike most of Eco-Cha's teas, this was also completely lacking in sourness, which I appreciated as I do not like sour flavors in my tea.

I found this tea slow to infuse and develop. I thought it did better with longer steepings (3-8 minutes, gradually increasing). Some complexity came out in the second cup that was absent in the first, a hint of honey and mint in the aroma, and still the wonderful floral quality. Flavor is slightly bolder but still very subtle. The third cup wass less overtly floral, but slightly more rich and complex. Getting three flavorful cups was pretty easy.

We brewed this tea Gong Fu style and I did not like the results. It tasted bitter and soapy, and the floral tones were obscured. It may be possible to brew with better results but I haven't figured this out--I like longer steepings with less leaf, in a mug.

I recommend this one especially to people who like very light oolongs with floral and vegetal aromas. The price is also very good...this is a top quality tea

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