Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tea Review: Brandy Oolong (Stash Tea)

Brandy Oolong
Stash Tea
Type: Oolong
Origin: Taiwan
Product Description: Brandy Oolong gets its name from the beautiful brandy-colored liquor it produces. Compared to other oolong teas, Brandy Oolong is more oxidized, resulting in a smooth, complex cup. Lovely, lingering flavors of plums, figs and molasses are evident with each sip. In Taiwan, this tea is often served cold in a champagne glass for sophisticated sipping. Brandy Oolong is great for multiple infusions.

Temperature: 180° F, 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaf aroma is malty and sweet with notes of walnuts.

The orange amber infusion has a rich aroma of dark bread and baked fruit.  The taste is dark and rich with notes of molasses and an apricot-like finish.

This oolong is very agreeable to experimentation with time and temperature.  Steeping at 195° F resulted in a dark, rich, and delicious flavor.  While the flavor and aroma mellow significantly by the third infusion, it was still quite enjoyable.  Steeping at 180° F produced a super rich and roasty bordeline buttery aroma with a sweet, rich, almost buttery taste and a lingering sweetness in the finish.

This tea was purchased by me.

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