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The Subject: Buddha Hand Oolong Tea from California Tea House.
Tea type: Oolong
Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A
Aroma, dry: Fresh, slightly sweet, floral hint
Aroma in the cup, plain: Fresh, slightly sweet, floral hint
Taste, plain: Fresh, slightly sweet, floral hint
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A
2nd Infusion: About the same, not buttery
3rd Infusion: Lighter color, taste
Chilled: Light taste, slight edge, needs sweetener, definitely recommend
This is definitely another “sipper tea” — you need to take your time enjoying it to make sure you don’t miss any of the flavor.
The dry leaves have a sweetness and slightly floral aroma. This carries through to the steeped liquid, which is a beautiful green-yellow color. The 1st infusion was smooth and felt full in the mouth, even slightly buttery. It was fairly green but not full planty in taste. The 2nd infusion lost that full feeling but was still mild and smooth, and hubby detected a slight floral flavor. The 3rd infusion was slightly lighter in color and taste, smooth, and no bitterness.
Some tea leaves dry and some after 3 infusions:
As you can see, the dry tea leaves, all bunched into rolled clumps, open wide and fill the teapot when steeped. They are also very green. Keep in mind how large they get when you’re deciding how much of the dry leaves to put in the teapot.
While hubby and I don’t fall for the organic mumbo-jumbo nor assume that something labeled “organic” is going to be better quality (often, it’s just more expensive), we aren’t going to deduct a half teapot. The tea is THAT good!
Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.