One woman's journey to make tea a daily, meditative all-encompassing journey as she begins the second half of her life.
A poet, fiction writer and creative editor of hundreds of publications now turns her full attentions towards a new-ish passion.
A deep and abiding love of Oriental Beauty
Jade Oolong + 翠玉 = LOVE.
This, Dear Readers, is my next tea purchase. I have now had quite a few green oolongs and this particular Jade Oolong from Mountain Tea is my favorite, especially for evenings after supper. It has elegant floral flavors no matter the temperatures I choose to brew it. My favorite temperature right now is a low 185f. Mountain Tea says that due of this teas forgiving nature they recommend Jade for tea lovers who enjoy experimenting with their steeps, sometimes using lower water temperature for longer, or adding hot water for a quick sixty second steep. I totally concur with this analysis!
I am brewing quick brews, Gongfu style 5 grams for 110 ml gaiwan and playing with temperature spectrum. It seems no matter what I try, (aside from just under boil which I will not do), this Jade Oolong produces what Mountain Tea calls, 'a fragrant pale green-gold liquor with exceptional clarity.' Totally true.
So far this is the most flavorful and verdant Jade Oolong I have sampled. It tastes of multiple sorts of flowers at different moments in the mouth. Its grassy fresh, slightly vegetal qualities work well with the strong floral notes. You will taste that vegetal more on the lower side of your steeps. This is a high quality tea and well worth getting your hands on. I know that's my own personal intention. This tea sits lovingly on my tongue long after the session has ended, in a subtle and gracious fashion.