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Wuyi Oolong from Zhi Tea


Wuyi Oolong from Zhi TeaThe smoky aroma of this tea is captivating:  not too overwhelming (in other words, it doesn’t smell like a campfire), just enough to inspire cozy, toasty thoughts.

Cozy and toasty are words that I would use to describe the flavor of this amazingly complex tea as well.  It has a very comforting flavor to it:  slightly smoky but more of a “roasty-toasty” taste than smoke.

This “roasty-toasty” essence brings out the sweet, nutty flavor to this tea.  In the background, I can taste a note of fruit – peaches?  It almost tastes like peaches that have been cooked over a fire to a caramelized sweetness. I am also getting the raisin note as mentioned in the description.

There is very little astringency to this cup, and no bitterness.  There is a hint of sour that hits right at the end of the sip, as if to cut through some of the sweeter tones, giving it a sort of “sweet-and-sour” kind of quality.  It is a very rustic tea, but at the same time, it has a refinement that tea enthusiasts want in a tea.

Zhi Tea describes this tea as

Noted for its weight loss properties, this tea is also a truly enjoyable drinking tea. This rare and unique oolong from the Wuyi Mountains in the Fuijan Province of China consists of medium oxidized, unrolled amber brown leaf with greenish highlights. A sophisticated dark amber liquor reveals flavors of raisins and toasted almonds. A simply outstanding loose-leaf tea for the health conscious connoisseur. Also known as wu-long. The real thing. Highest grade. USDA Organic.

The toasty character of this tea gives it a very autumnal feel and inspires thoughts of curling up with a good book in front of a roaring fire in the fireplace.  It’s very soothing and comforting.

I have been very impressed with the quality of teas that I have purchased from Zhi Teas and this one is no exception.  This is a truly delightful Oolong!

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  1. Comment by March 19, 2011 @ 10:34 pm
    Pu Erh Tee said:

    I like smoky to the degree where it’s smoky in the nose and on the tongue – but in the back of my neck, I want it round. Together with the sweet-and-sour combination this sounds really tempting :-)

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