I’d first like to start off by thanking Teagini for the opportunity to try some of these amazing teas! They offer some amazing and unique teas, and I feel so lucky to get the opportunity to try them!
This tea comes to us from the Fujian province, a location that has become world famous for producing some of the best quality teas. What is rare about this oolong, is that it is actually pressed into a cake like a pu-erh. What you will find out from my tasting is that this tea shares a lot in common with other teas that I’ve tried in the past, and it combines these elements to make something entirely unique altogether. This particular tea cake is the Grade “A” which doesn’t neccesarily mean it is higher quality, it means that it is picked early than the other grades.
This tea is produced by gathering leaves together and then placing them on straw mats. Then hot air is blown underneath them. This is called “withering” and it is one of the processes unique to oolong production. The leaves are then tumbled and dried even more and then they are eventually pressed into cakes using a wooden mold and a pestle. Here are some of my tasting notes from this incredible tea:
The aroma coming off of the leaves is similar to that of an Iron Goddess of Mercy but with a darker undercurrent of a more oxidized oolong.
Some of the leaves in the cake are actually quite large. The cake itself is loosely packed.
There is a small foam forming at the top of the tea, similar to that of a Darjeeling. The aroma is fresh and vegetal like a green tea, but the liquor is dark orange amber like an oolong.
I don’t find too much bitterness to this tea. The taste is fresh and floral and it has a tiny bit of astringency you notice on the side of the tongue. The acidity is very mild, and I could see enjoying this tea throughout the day. I could even see enjoying this tea iced, although it is probably too high of quality to put ice cubes into.
So far I’m not feeling too much of a caffeine buzz from this tea, but I’m sure it’s there if you’re looking for it.
Overall, I would say this tea is a nice combination of some of the lighter oolongs I’ve had, Tie Guan Yin, Bhoa Zhong, and some of the medium oolongs I’ve had like Wu Yi. Perhaps this could be a halfway step for those who only like green tea and light Taiwanese oolongs, but want to delve into the world of Chinese oolongs even further.
I stuck with the brewing instructions this time, but I am sure if you allowed it to steep longer you could get it pretty dark. For now, I’m really enjoying being out on the patio enjoying this beautiful oolong and watching the nature around me!
I ended up steeping it a little longer, and ended up with a pretty dark tea. Instead of getting more bitter, like you would expect from an oolong, the tea actually got sweeter! I think this is very unique and definitely is indicative of the quality of this tea.
This tea is amazing and I am so grateful for the opportunity to try it. It really is a rare tea and if you are looking to pick up some for yourself, look no further than Teagini. I have a few more teas to try from them but so far I am very impressed with their quality!