This is Arbor Tea's organic Jade oolong.
The tea is a Taiwanese tea, produced in Nantuo. I am not sure about what year, but I am assuming it is from last year's batch.
The dry leaf smells of roasted graham, honey clover, and in the background there is a light, wavering floral aspect. The small pearls are inconsistent as far as size, shape, and color are concerned, but they are not at all a bad looking bunch of leaves.
The teapot is filled, and there is the slightest detection of the aroma of the leaf inside.
The liquor brings forth toasty, sweet, and almost a caramel type scent. On the palate; hay, and sweet calendula.
The texture is nice and brothy, and coats the mouth quite well.
As it cools, a saline aspect is brought out.
The second immersion in water creates a liquid that is very heavy, with a weak aroma, and a flat, dull taste.
I decide to stop the session.
This is not a horrible tea, but it was a bit boring.
Could I drink this as an everyday oolong? Definitely I could.
But could I have another rousing session with it, definitely not. It does not hold my interest.
I have been very pleased with all of the Arbor Tea samples that I have tried thus far, so this was a bit surprising.
You win some, you lose some.
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