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.
Saturday, April 4, 2009