We are so excited about this tea and judging by the repeat buys, our customers are too! It possesses a creamy aroma with hints of coconut, hard toffee candy along with the classic floral undertone present in so many high-end Taiwanese oolongs. The producers aromatize high quality leaves from plants that grow in altitudes between 1,600 and 3,200 feet above sea level.
The Spring 2017 crop delivers the dessert-like notes in early infusions and a beautiful, balanced cup. In later steepings aromas of lilac and gardenia begin to move more forward. Production is an artform and those who create it are quite guarded about proprietary steps in processing. Through many tastings, our appreciation for their craft only increases. No "off" aromas and not a trace of artificial or chemical flavor. It is a wonderfully complex tea, sure to please most any tea drinker. And if they weren't a tea drinker to begin with, they will be after trying this!
While this milk oolong is a scented tea, there is no dairy, soy, gluten used in the scenting. Our source uses no artificial flavors or chemical scenting to attain the flavor and aroma of this tea. It is all-natural and organic and he has been the supplier of our Milk Oolong since 2006. If you are wanting to try the original, unscented (and highly recommended) version of this try our Jin Xuan oolong - astounding!
We highly recommend doing one rinse of 5-10 seconds (at 195 degrees) and then beginning with 15-20 second infusions for a bit before slowly increasing steeping time. It is not unusual to get 10 to 15 steepings out of this tea when prepared gongfu cha style.
Oolong tea may be given a 5 to 10 second rinse with the same temperature water as used for brewing. 195˚ F water temperature. The rinse primes the leaf and warms the brewing vessel.
Use 1 teaspoon per 8oz. of filtered water
Recommended first steeping of 30 seconds. Add 30 seconds for each subsequent infusion up to 3 minutes.
Tea brewing is meant to be a joyful exploration. There are no hard and fast rules. Experiment with the quantity of tea that you use, and steeping times. Enjoy discovering what your preferences are. They may change day to day.