Brand: Naiveteas’ Wen Shen Bao Zhong
Tea Rating: 93/100
Price: $12.00 for 1 oz. * $21.00 for 2 oz * $39.00 for 4 oz.
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Tea description: “Premium grade Bao Zhong cultivated at the highest altitude tea farm in Ping Lin. Profuse floral aroma with hints of orchid and osmanthus. Soft mouth feel with light and smooth body. Delicate flavors with notes of fresh flowers. Refined fragrant aftertaste. “
This tea, Web Shan Bao Zhong is cultivated at the highest altitude tea farm in Ping Lin, Taiwan. This oolong tea is a lightly oxidized oolong, which has hints of both green and oolong. Oolong tea is more oxidized than green tea but less oxidized than black tea. Wen Shan Bao Zhong is sometimes referred to as a green oolong. The first thing that I noticed is that the leaves are much larger than the small hand rolled balls of oolong teas that are popular.The dry leaves are a beautiful deep green color with hints of lighter green. The shape of the tea was twisted and long in length. The dry leaves smell a bit nutty and roasted,and the tea really smells like it has been toasted.
I steeped this tea for about 2 minutes per steep with 195 degree water. Let’s steep the first two steeps of the tea together now….
The liquor was a bright yellow shade and the smell was intoxicatingly floral with a very slight underlying nutty scent. The first steep of the tea tasted very floral, and reminded me so much like orchids. It was amazing how much it tasted like orchids smelled. There are a lot of oolongs out there that are said to embody floral qualities, or to have orchid flavors, but this one was dead on in this description. The steeped tea leaves still smelled nutty as well as orchid-like.
The second steep was not nearly as floral as the first steep. The nutty scent was still identifiable, however it did not come through in the tasting in either steep. The second steep was much more mellow and was more vegetal. I really enjoyed how this tea was not astringent or tannic at all. It was a very pleasant tea to sip on.
The one thing I really enjoy about oolongs, is following the tea as the flavor changes and morphs with each subsequent steep. I have been consistently impressed by Naivetea’s offerings and this selection is no different. I would definitely recommend this tea!
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