Monday, August 7, 2017

Tea Review: Red Buffalo (Chariteas)

Red Buffalo
Type:  Oolong
Origin:  Vietnam
Product Description:  A Vietnamese spicy and malty dark oolong.

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

The dry leaves have a peppery, spicy aroma with notes of seasoned wood.

The golden infusion has a rich and spicy aroma with notes of dates and spice bread.  The taste is rich, sweet, roasted, and spicy in a way that reminds me faintly of masala chai.

The liquor darkened significantly after the first infusion, bringing out mild floral notes while remaining rich and free of astringency.  A third infusion was milder in flavor which could be easily fixed by starting off with more tea leaves, resulting in at least a couple more flavorful steepings.  

This tea was provided as a free sample without guarantee of a review.

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