Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong - Teavivre

Today's tea is a nice Jin Xuan from Teavivre. Now, if you didn't already know, Jin Xuan is also known as "milk oolong" because of it's naturally milky flavor. Now, you can buy flavored Jin Xuan, but I don't recommend it as the artificial milk flavor overpowers the natural flavor of the tea. The natural milky flavor that appears after the tea has been lightly roasted as a part of the oolong process is called Nai Xiang or "milk fragrance."
Now, onto the tea!
The dry leaf of the Jin Xuan smells very sweet and creamy - almost good enough to eat! A first steep for two minutes at 190 degrees yields a nice, light yellow tea with the sweet aroma of honey and milk.
Jin Xuan Milk Oolong
The taste of the tea is magnificent and transformative. The sweet subtle milk flavor takes over your palate and bursts with sweet honey flavors. This tea excites and calms, creating a pleasant feeling of warmth with every sip.
Further steeps of this tea (increasing by 30 seconds) yield the same quality tea with little to no transformation in flavor.
Steeping recommendations:
1 Tablespoon, 16 ounces, 190 degrees, 2 minutes
Until the next cup.

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