Monday, October 2, 2023

Tea Review: Red Oolong (Anna Ye Tea)

Red Oolong
Anna Ye Tea
Type: Oolong
Origin: Vietnam, Sơn La Province, Mộc Châu
Product Description: 
The quality of some Vietnamese oolongs has increased significantly in recent years due to adopting plant cultivars, techniques and expertise from Taiwan. The Red Oolong is a great example of what came out of this collaboration.

Produced on a 33 hectare farm on the rolling Mộc Châu plateau, the Red Oolong has an attractive amber liquor and deep flavors like dried persimmons and freshly roasted nuts. The initial sun-drying process right after harvesting, and extended drying and rolling cycle to tease out the tea's flavors are one of the many factors that make this tea special. We're not surprised that the Red Oolong is one of our bestsellers! 
Temperature: 195° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3-5 minutes

The dry leaves have a rich and spicy aroma with notes that remind me of dark brown bread, raisins, and aged wood.  

The golden amber infusion has a rich aroma with buttery, nutty, and spiced honey notes.  The taste is smooth with notes of honey, nuts, cooking spices, and a floral hint with a long honey-like finish.

This oolong was delicious, reminding me in some way of spiced cake!  It remained smooth and flavorful throughout multiple infusions.  While very nice when steeped for 3 minutes, it became much more flavorful following a 5 minute steep.  

This tea was purchased on my behalf at the 2023 Northwest Tea Festival.

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