This tea is absolutely beautiful. I was so impressed by the color and shape of the leaves. Until now, I basically had never had oolong in the strip shape with the exception of Boa Zhong perhaps and now these oolongs are an obsession of mine.
The leaves are curled into beautiful bluish green strips. I’m very impressed with how well these leaves were preserved all the way from China. Not a single leaf is broken and they are all gorgeous.
My First Thoughts on Da Mu Ye
The aroma of the Da Mu Ye leaves was the second thing I noticed about this tea. There was a hint of jasmine and almost a bit of honeysuckle. I was so excited to try this tea and I really wanted to brew it as soon as I smelled it. The taste of this tea was even better because of all the build up.
What Does Da Mu Ye Taste Like?
The Da Mu Ye was definitely the most subtle of all of the teas. You really need to focus on this tea in order to get all of the unique flavors. If you do focus, you will start to taste some very subtle floral notes. The tea also has a bit of a sweetness to it. The most unique quality is its lack of bitterness. Of the five teas I’ve tried, this one is by far the least bitter. This is not necessarily a good thing or a bad thing but rather a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer the dark and bitter teas, and others prefer the lighter and more fragrant teas. The last 3 teas I’ve tried have been lighter and more fragrant Oolongs. I compare them to the Tie Guan Yin or Iron Goddess of Mercy because that is really the only basis of comparison I have. If your favorite oolong is the Tie Guan Yin or the Bhoa Zhong, I think these last 3 will be some of your favorites. If you are more into the darker more traditional oolongs, you may like the first two I reviewed which are the Ba Xian and the Xiong Di. All five of these are excellent teas but I have different recommendations for different tea drinkers.
My Final Ranking of the Oolongs By LH Tea Farmer Family CN:
1: Ya Shi Xiang (Tasted similar to Iron Goddess of Mercy)
2: Xiong Di (Had a distinctive Jasmine-like flavor)
3: Ba Xian (Tasted fruity and almost like a peach black tea)
4: Da Mu Ye (Very subtle sweet tasting tea with almost no bitterness)
5: Wudong Mi Lan Xiang (Tastes like the standard oolong but better)
Again, this is just my personal preference and people will have different opinions. If you read some of my other reviews you should be able to find the best oolong for your own personal taste preference.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to try all of these wonderful teas. It truly was an amazing experience to try traditional Chinese Oolong straight from the tea plantation itself and I really want to thank the LH Tea Farmer Family for giving me the chance to try their teas. I really encourage everyone to check out their website http://www.chaozhouteagrower.com/products/1.html because they are really the real deal. The family has been growing Oolong for 60 years and some of the plants themselves are over 100 years old. The climate here is perfect for tea growing. It has a high altitude, warm climate and rich soil. All of their teas are organic and the family really seems enthusiastic about what they do. What more could you ask for!
I hope you guys have enjoyed this series of reviews. I look forward to doing more reviews in this format in the near future.