Tea: Bao Zhong Oolong Tea

A Pouchong Tea from Rishi Tea

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Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Pouchong Tea
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
# Ratings:3 View All
Product page:Bao Zhong Oolong Tea

Review of Bao Zhong Oolong Tea

AromaFlavorValueTotal
8 of 105 of 54 of 587 of 100
ExcellentExcellentGood Value

Very soothing tea. This reminds me a lot of a tea I've tried before, but I honestly can't figure out which one. It tastes, perhaps, similar to a good milky oolong, even though that's a different kind?

Silky and slightly floral, no bitterness--a great tea for sipping while relaxing. I'll update the value rating after trying a few infusions.

Once brewed, I was startled by the broad, large size of the tea leaves. Hence, I suspect it'd work great for multiple infusions.

UPDATE 1: You can easily get multiple infusions out of this tea, but to ensure they're the best they can be I have a few recommendations:

1) Don't steep it any longer than the first time (I went 3 minutes at 195°F).
2) Don't leave it on a warmer.
3) Make just enough for each cup, so that each one is fresh.

The reason for these tips is that the tea goes from a pale green to a progressively darker brown color as the tea is continually warmed. As it does so, the flavor loses its subtlety and delicacy. It doesn't go bitter and is still notably floral, but it gains, what, astringency? I need to develop my tea vocabulary.

In short, the first cup is definitely the best, but for me it's important to be careful with subsequent infusions to ensure they come out nearly as delightful as the first.

UPDATE 2: Since prolonged heat seemed to be the issue for me, I tried brewing this one cold. I poured cold water into a mup, placed a strainer inside, placed the leaves in the strainer, and then set the mug in the refridgerator. This worked *really well*. From the same leaves, the tea once again tasted fresh and delicate. When the weather is warm, this makes a lovely cool drink.

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