Oolong Tea, Our Explorer Makes a Discovery

Two recommendations to get you started on loving oolong tea

These teas are reddish-brown, semi-oxidized and have a familiar floral fragrance and taste.

Like green tea, oolong tea is processed immediately after harvesting. It is normally brewed for a strong flavor, and is known and appreciated for its typically sweet aftertaste. This tea is appreciated not only for its unique flavor, but many drink it for it's metabolism boost. It is thought to help with weight loss.

Tea explorer has two oolongs to recommend to you. Let's read what he has to say.

Tea Review: Noble Beauty Lan Gui Ren Oolong

oolong tea from generation teaNoble Beauty Lan Gui Ren oolong tea, from Generation Tea, is grown in China’s Yunnan province. The Chinese name Lan Gui Ren means Lady Orchid. The dry tea is processed into light green solid looking small pellets that have a pleasant floral aroma, and expand to a remarkable volume in the infuser.These types of teas have a myriad of flavors, which range from nearly green tea to nearly black tea. The greenish-yellow color and pleasant flowery taste of Noble Beauty Lan Gui Ren places this tea directly in the middle of that range.

I brewed this tea in the same manner as I would brew a green tea. I placed one heaping teaspoonful of tea into a two-cup teapot, and added hot, but not boiling, water. I steeped the tea for three minutes to produce a greenish-yellow tea with a mild floral scent. Mimicking Chinese tradition, I let the tea cool to just above room temperature before tasting.

This tea has a delicate flowery taste with a pleasantly mild aftertaste. I enjoyed this tea without added sweetener, but found that the addition of one level teaspoonful of sugar did improve the experience. When iced and sweetened to taste, it makes a refreshing hot weather drink. This tea has an added benefit: the leaves can support several infusions.

Either warm or iced, this is a smooth great tasting oolong tea. I liked it a lot.


Tea Review: Dark Roast Tieguanyin Oolong

Generation Tea’s Dark Roast Tieguanyin tea is grown in Anxi County in China’s Fujian Province, which is located on China’s southeastern coast. It is one of China’s most famous traditional teas. For reasons known only to the ancients its name means Iron Goddess of Mercy. Its dry dark brown leaves appear as tightly rolled pellets or nuggets. They have a strong earthy aroma with floral overtones, and are reported to stand up to several infusions.

I made my first infusion in a two-cup teapot, using one heaping teaspoonful of tea, and covering with two cups of water heated to just below boiling. Generation Tea suggests brewing for 1 to 3 minutes. I found this time to be insufficient, and brewed my first successful infusion for five minutes, creating a tea with a rich amber color and a subtle pleasant aroma.

oolong dry and infused comparason of leaf volumnThe tea is purported to have an orchid aroma and flavor, but my taste perceptions are not refined enough to determine such subtleties. I found the taste to be strong and quite pleasant with no noticeable aftertaste. I enjoyed it immediately without additional sweetener. This is a robust oolong tea that will stand up to any strong tasting foods.

When sweetened to taste, it makes a smooth and refreshing iced tea. I did try a second infusion reusing the leaves from the first infusion. It tasted as good as the first one. I’ll let the reader experiment with additional infusions.

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