Saturday, April 4, 2009

David's Tea's Quangzhou Milk Oolong Review

Type: Oolong
Origin: China
Price: Sample (regular price - $18.00 for 50g. Also available in 25g and 100g packages)
Vendor: David’s Tea
Brewing Method: Per Instructed - 1 teaspoon of leaves, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 190°F-200°F, steeped for 3 - 5 minutes
Overall Score: 4.5 out of 5

Quangzhou Milk Oolong is milk infused oolong tea, hence the appropriate name. I have been scared to try this tea because the last milk oolong I had (from a different vendor) is still listed as the worst tea I have ever tasted. It smelled and tasted like sour milk.

When I opened the package of this milk oolong, I grimaced at the smell of the leaves. However, once I stopped cringing I realized the leaves smelled more like butter than milk. The leaves are large rolled balls that are covered with a mix of light and dark greens.

While brewing, the aroma of the tea, however subtle, is sweet and buttery. The liquor is a pretty yellowish-green color.

The taste is… very interesting. I was bracing myself for something awful, but I was pleasantly surprised. The tea tastes like buttered toast, seriously! It tastes like toast so much that I keep forgetting it is tea, because there is no bitterness or astringency at all. The tea is actually very creamy and smooth. Wait, did I just say that about a milk oolong?

The spent leaves are huge! There are a lot of whole leaves and even the leaves that are torn in half are still really big.

Although this milk oolong will stop past milk oolongs from giving me nightmares, I am still not completely turned on to the idea of milk infused tea. The more I drink this tea, the more interested I become, however.


Steph said...

VERY, very interesting. Thank you for this review! I had not tried this tea, either. The name turned me off. I might be more open in the future, thanks to your bravery. :-)

Brittiny said...

Haha, thanks for the comment, Steph! Yeah, you definitely have to be open minded with this tea. :)

shado said...

I was also apprehensive but after trying it I love it. It is one of my favourite teas.

I emailed David's Tea and they said the tea is not flavoured or infused with anything.