Saturday, May 30, 2009

Canton Tea’s Anxi Rou Gui Review

Type: Oolong
Origin: Da Ping Village, Anxi County, Fujian Province
Price: Sample (regular price – £14.99 for 100g)
Vendor: Canton Tea Company
Brewing Method: Per Instructed - 1 teaspoon of leaves, 1 cup of filtered water, heated to 190°F-200°F, steeped for 2-3 minutes
Overall Score: 4.2 out of 5

The leaves smell grassy with some background floral notes. It smells more like a typical green tea than a typical oolong tea. It also has a slight nutty aroma. The color of the leaves is an overall dark green with some light green specks throughout.

The liquor is a deep yellow color. The tea is starting to smell like a typical oolong now. It smells clean and vegetal with a nutty background.

The taste is a little more bitter than expected. It has a nice crisp flavor. It is fresh and vegetal, but the nuttiness is more in the aroma than the taste – I barely taste it. The after taste is buttery and lingers for a moment. The tea is quiet astringent, also.

The flavor is around medium body for an oolong, I would say. However, I think it is slightly stronger in flavor than some oolongs I have had. For green tea lovers who are looking for a more pungent flavor than what plain greens have to offer, this would be a good tea to try. It’s definitely a greener oolong and has more punch than a regular green.

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