I just want to start by thanking the people at Bang Tea for making this review happen. Over the past year I’ve gotten to try some of the best tea from all around the world, and it’s companies like them that make it happen.
This company keeps it simple, which I like. They specialize in Taiwanese Oolong and they have 3 main varieties. There is the green oolong, spring green oolong and the red oolong. The green oolongs are unroasted, and the red oolong is 30% roasted. All of their teas come from the same small organic tea farm in Taiwan’s Shanlinxi, a high mountain tea growing region. At about 1,200 meters above sea level, these tea plants are really able to reach their full potential.
The aroma of the dry leaves of this Spring Green Oolong is exactly what you might expect from an unroasted Taiwanese oolong. The aroma is delicate and floral, like a fine perfume. I have had some experience with these types of teas and I know that the aroma is unrivaled in the world of tea. The fresh, flowery scent is so incredible that you almost feel like you tasted the tea just by smelling it.
One of the best parts about a high quality oolong like this is watching the leaves expand as the tea brews. These leaves were packed into densely curled balls, and I knew that once the leaves expanded, they would be quite large. Sure enough, the leaves expanded right in front of my eyes, and they really were a scene to behold.
The scent coming from the brewed leaves is almost as powerful. It’s a warm, sweet aroma that really welcomes you to the tea and makes you want to take the first sip. The beauty of this tea is not just in the scent, but in the taste as well. It’s very sweet, gentle and floral. With a lot of light unroasted Taiwanese oolongs like this, I usually find that the taste is a bit of a let down after the incredible aroma, but not with this one. Here you can really appreciate all the subtle flavors of this tea.
I notice a little bit of a vegetal flavor to this tea, more specifically there is a slight hint of artichoke hearts. The aftertaste is what really captivates me. There is a light, fresh breezy note in aftertaste, similar to the aftertaste of fresh mint. There is a tiny touch of astringency with this tea, making it deliciously mouthwatering. Overall, I would characterize the tea as “sweet” but a better word to describe it is “fresh” or “crisp”. That would be my one-word description of this tea.
I decided to take the tea for a second steeping. My concern was that because this is a light, unroasted oolong, it wouldn’t have quite as much flavor to give after the first steeping. I was proven wrong almost immediately! The aroma is just as strong as with the first cup and the taste is almost as strong. I am still getting all of the original tasting notes from the tea. It actually picks up more of a full-bodied flavor in the second steeping and begins to taste more like a “tea”. The fresh breezy aftertaste is just as strong as with the last cup, but the sweet floral taste is a little less noticeable. I still really enjoy the second steeping of this tea, just not quite as much as the first one.
These cups of teas are making me feel more calm and relaxed. Half of the teas I drink make me feel alert and ready to go, the other half make me feel calm and focused. This one is more of the latter. I have the energy to do the things I need to do, but I don’t panic about the things I cannot do. It gives me the time and space to slow down and think things through.
I really enjoyed this tasting session! Not only was it a fantastic tea to try, I also felt good after trying it. Thank you Bang Tea! I will be reviewing the next oolong very soon!