To wrap up Oolong Appreciation Week, I thought I’d review a local (ie. A2-Ypsi) teahouse tea. There were a couple popular styles of Oolong that didn’t make it onto the blog, but I have reviewed a few others in the past anyway, so check them out or do a search if you didn’t see the one you’re looking for.
Today I’m drinking Sweet.ology‘s Gold Oolong, which they’ve chosen a really non-descriptive name, but being the tea-slueth I am, I was actually able to track down a specific tea (not a specific grower–I’m not that good): Jin Xuan (金萱烏龍茶 – mind you, if you choose to look it up this way, one needs to use Traditional characters as Taiwan never modernized their script but you probably know that ;). Literally translated, Jin Xuan means “golden daylily”, which works incredibly well for this blog if you’ve seen the new logo. It’s also known as Formosa Milk Oolong (as opposed to the popular Guangzhou Milk Oolong via the PRC).
Regarding Jin Xuan, I especially enjoyed the aroma of… well, honey… honey and more honey. xD For a fully-oxidized Oolong, Jin Xuan is a little bland to my taste buds, but then I don’t drink much Oolong. I did notice Jin Xuan is substantially thinner than most of the other Oolongs I’ve reviewed this week, though this may be due to brewing a 16oz tea’s worth of leaf in a constricting, folded-over tea bag. The spent tea unfurled well though. I’ll definitely try one of their other hot teas when I get a round tuit.
- Aroma – 90
- Taste – 86
- Texture – 84
- Spunk – 89
- Price – 92
- Availability – 93
- Appearance – 88
Mean score – 89% Since I didn’t have a photo for the loose leaf this time, I’ve thrown in a crazy A2 med skyline shot I took this week from the 9th floor lobby of the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital… because reasons.