I wrote about Thai Oolongs perhaps more than Chinese and Taiwanese ones only due to my personal circumstances stemming from Covid19 related travel restrictions. I do not really complain as I may not have been able to try some excellent Thai teas especially Oolongs had not I stayed in Thailand and sourced several oolong teas there. There are a couple more I will be writing about.
I posted about Taiwanese Jin Xuan a few days ago which could not be more dissimilar to this one. Even when I compare this tea with a regular Jin Xuan from Thailand I find differences as this one offers a bolder experience and further complexity. This tea is marketed as ‘oolong starter’ tea and the package description reads that it is “appropriate for new generation people who begin to drink strong tea”. I did find this bizarre but somehow it makes sense. Because it is a mellow tea, but it has a bold fragrance with delicate floral taste which maybe due to the buds it entails. I am not sure if there are people who decide to drink strong tea. Speaking for myself, I have not planned drinking oolongs. It just happened once I tasted one. What about you? How did your tea journey start?
Origin: Northern Thailand
Harvest time: 2019
Leave colour: Green
Liquor colour: Light yellow
Tea aroma: Earthy and smoky
Tea taste: Full bodied with sweet, floral, and mineral notes
Steeping/brewing:You can use around 85°C water temperature and brew for up to one minute in gongfu style or up to three minutes in Western-style. You can brew the leaves many times (until the taste is lost). To each infusion add additional time. Experiment for a result that suits your taste.
Shelf life: Up to one year, the fresher the better.