Review of A-Li-Son Oolong Tea

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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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Alex Zorach wrote:
on March 6th, 2017

Hello and welcome to RateTea and thank you for your first review!

This is so similar to how I felt about this's one of the best experiences I've had when buying random loose-leaf teas from Asian markets or other import stores, very good, a little less floral than is typical for these green high-grown oolongs.

Let me know if you have any questions about tea or about the website, I hope you enjoy the site!

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