Another wonderful sample graciously provided by Teavivre for review.
I have taken a rather long time to review this tea. Not because I dislike oolong or because I was just to busy or lazy to do it but rather because it is essential I be in a special mood for oolong and an even more special mood for milk oolong. You see i have a special place in my heart for milk oolong. Do you have teas like that too? For me tea is the cure to moodiness . Each satisfying one and then the others.
So finally the day has come. The setting is perfect, and my mood in the right place. I have been so patient and I am so glad I can finally reap the benefits of my resolve. I steeped the milk oolong three times each infusion a different experience, as it should be.
First, I used my Gaiwan for this special event. I went to painstaking lengths to ensure the tea-ware was clean and warmed. I used natural spring water freshly heated to 195°F (I understand it is recommended I use 212°F but I wanted multiple infusions at lower steep times and in most cases 195° F is the standard protocol.) I gave the beautifully balled oolong a quick rinse. Next, the infusions were as follows…
Temperature: Steep Time: Flavor Results:
195° F 30 seconds Light, fresh, slight milky aftertaste
195° F 1 minute Balanced, creamier, fresh milk, not enough sweetness
208° F 2 minutes Greater oolong flavor, milkiness has faded, still fresh
My favorite infusion was the second. While I did enjoy this milk oolong my favorite is still from thepuriTea. I find theirs a little sweeter and creamier. The milk plays a much stronger role than the oolong. Where here the oolong is the major contributor. So it is really based on what you want more. If you are looking for a natural milk oolong that is more prevalently milky with an oolong flavor background, go for thepuriTea. If you are looking for an incredibly fresh green oolong with a touch of fresh cream-like flavor in the background, go for Teavivre. In this case one is not better than the other as they both offer different attributes.
I enjoyed this one a lot but I was hoping it to be just a bit more in milky flavor. I am certain the qualities of this tea will vary by harvest but as for now I am grateful for the opportunity to try this and will happily complete my sample. I can’t say for sure if I will keep it in my permeant cupboard, but then again I suppose it depends on my mood. Lets just say I haven’t ruled it out.
Score: 4 out of 5