Water temperature: 212° F
Steeping time: 5 minutes
Tea type: Oolong (semi-fermented)
Scents, flavorings, etc.: No added scents or flavorings
Aroma, dry: Fresh, mild, slightly smoky, earthy
Aroma in the cup, plain: Fresh, mild, slightly smoky, earthy
Taste, plain: Fresh, mild, slightly smoky, earthy
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A
2nd Infusion: As enthralling as the first
First, a confession: I chose the Imperial Formosa Oolong because of its name, which speaks of a land across the globe. Just to touch and smell the leaves brings me closer to the workers on the tea plantations. Okay, so I’m a bit romantically minded — now you know!
Popping the top on this can is the start of a fabulous tea adventure. This is whole leaf tea, as you can see in the photos. The smell is intoxicating. Both hubby and I inhaled deeply. Hubby found the aroma mild, fresh, and pure “tea.” I was transported with the first whiff, taking in a heavenly, earthy aroma, one that speaks of tea bushes (Camellia Sinensis) growing in the sun, being tended by dedicated tea growers. Full-leaf tea goodness is promised in every molecule of scent.
I have to deduct a half teapot because of this tea being organic. More and more tea companies are climbing on the organic bandwagon, resulting in more tea growers feeling pressured into jumping through needless hoops to be certified as organic. For me, something being labeled “organic” is no guarantee of better quality.
Regardless, the Little Yellow Teapot will never be the same after having the honor of steeping this tea. In fact, he may run and hide if we try to steep a lesser quality Oolong in him. Can’t say that I blame him!
Disclaimer: The teas reviewed here were provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are strictly objective.