Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tea Review: Water Sprite (SerendipiTea)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 11

Water Sprite (Wuyi Shui Xian)
Type:  Oolong
Origin:  China, Fujian Province
Product Description:  One of the famous Rock Teas of this mystical region, so called due to the rocky terrain in the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian Province. This dark oxidized Oolong, due to heavy roasting, introduces itself with deep, smoky aroma. Caramelized undertones mellow into delicate floral notes & lingering sweetness. The large, twisted leaves of deep greenish brown color are pan-fired then dried. Although not charcoal finished as are the most costly of Rock Teas, this Water Sprite will not disappoint. Be sure to prepare several cups, each will reveal surprising new flavors.

Temperature:  195° F
Amount:  3 grams
Steeping Time:  1-2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of salty broth and smoky tobacco.

The golden infusion has a smoky, roasted vegetable aroma.  The flavor is roasted green and mineral with a long finish.

A first infusion at only one minute produced a satisfying broth-like flavor and aroma with a light color in the cup.  I steeped the leaves at two minutes for the second infusion, producing  a darker liquor and a richer flavor and aroma that I found most pleasing.  A third infusion was lighter in aroma and flavor, but still quite nice.  The leaves hadn't entirely unfurled, so there may have been a couple more worthwhile infusions to look forward to.

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