Monday, December 1, 2014

Tea Review: Bai Hao Oolong (Smacha)

Advent Tea Calendar Day 2

Bai Hao Oolong
Type: Oolong
Origin: China, Fujian Province, De Hua
Product Description: Bai Hao Oolong is made of colorful, silver-tipped, twisted leaves that are heavily oxidized but not usually roasted. This Bai Hao comes from Smacha's own organic tea gardens, high in the Fujian Mountains. Made using long-proven production methods, the leaves, affected by the leaf hopper insects prevalent in the region, produce the beautiful honey-sweetness that characterizes this famous tea. The dry leaves of a good Bai Hao should show green, white, brown, red, and a near-purple.

Temperature: 185° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaf aroma is floral and nutty.

The golden amber infusion has a heady floral aroma with hints of nuts and honey.  The taste is floral and nutty with a long, cooling, dry, floral finish.

The flavor seems to become sweeter by the second and third infusions and the floral aroma and taste mellows.  I would expect at least two or more additional flavorful infusions.

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