Friday, April 25, 2014

Tea Review: Amber Dragon (Shen Zen Tea)

Amber Dragon (Bai Hao Oolong)
Shen Zen Tea
Type:  Oolong
Origin:  China, Guangxi
Product Description:  Young tea buds are gently plucked and oxidized to create this prized, golden black tea rarely ever seen outside of China.  The down on the leaves infuses a rich buttery texture with notes of apricots, sweet tobacco, toasted nuts, and caramel.

Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of apricots, caramel, peanuts, and a hint of tobacco.
  The amber orange infusion has an aroma of apricots and caramel.  The taste is lightly smoky with notes of roasted vegetables and caramelized sugar.

The heady aroma of the dry leaves left me with a strong craving for dried apricots.  This is a heavily oxidized oolong, though it has the lightest coloring in the dry leaves of the Bai Hao Oolongs I've seen, and is best at one infusion where the nuances of flavor and aroma are most evident.  The packaging recommended a higher steeping temperature of 200° F, but I was very pleased with the results at 195° F.

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