I received a sample of this tea with a recent order and tried it immediately, steeped in Purion semi-porous clay for multiple steepings. My initial steeping revealed slightly floral, caramel undertones. The character of the tea evolved over four successive steepings, each as good as but slightly different from the previous one. I generally prefer lightly oxidized oolongs to those more heavily oxidized, but this one won me over. So I've put in my order for a goodly supply. Thank you, Mountain Stream Teas.
A malty and caramel tea that has no equal. It's like good forest honey to me, only more liquid ;)
Delicious tea with brown sugar, caramel and rose like taste. There is a hint of flavor that reminds you of a black tea, but softer and more on the floral side, kind of like rosehip. In the aftertaste there is a bit of honey that reminds me of Teddy Graham cookies a little bit. A sweet and comforting tea perfect for dessert!
I love the Red Oolong so the Alishan version poses a dilemma-
it's noticeably better, but is it worth the 50% price increase?
but I'll finish my stock of regular Red Oolong first :)
No love for this tea? I loved how this tea seemed to change character over successive brewings, at least for me. Malty sweetness throughout, especially at first, but gradually revealing floral undertones in later steeps. I guess this is what happens when Ruby 18 and Alishan have a baby.