Teavivre’s Jin Xuan Milk Tea is another kind of fine classic Taiwan Oolong. It belongs to a category of tea often called “Milk Oolong”. However, this Jin Xuan Milk Oolong is special and unique because its milky aroma is natural, it is not manually added milk when process as other milk teas. The first three infusion of this tea will have slight milky scent, whereas this scent will gradually reduce for the next cups.
Ingredients: Classic Taiwan Oolong Tea
Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Purchase:
Grown and produced in Alishan, Nantou, Taiwan
Harvest Time: April 3, 2012
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 3-4 teaspoon per 8oz serving
Water Temp: 212°
Steep Time: 3 steeps: 1m, 2m, 3m
TeaVivre also provides brewing instructions for using a 3 oz Gaiwan. In case you aren't familiar with what a Gaiwan is, it is a Chinese lidded bowl used for brewing and drinking tea. I can't go into Gaiwan style brewing much yet because it isn't a style I am overly familiar with, I typically brew western style in a tea pot.
Serving Size: 7g
Water Temp: 212°
Steep Time: 7 steeps: rinse, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 65s, 75s, 85s
I have long been a fan of Oolong teas, however this is the first opportunity I have had to sample a Milk Oolong. Thanks again to Angel at TeaVivre for providing me with this sample.
The first thing I noticed about Milk Oolong is that it is a much more subtle tea than the Tie Guan Yin "Iron Goddess" Oolong teas that I normally drink. The first steep of this tea surprised me with the subtle floral flavor and creamy notes. It was such a change over Tie Guan Yin where I notice the floral notes first. I wasn't sure if I was going to care for this one because it struck me as being overly subtle.
The second steep is what changed my mind about this tea. The leaves have completely unfurled in my pot and the flavor isn't quite as subtle as it was before. The floral flavor really comes through and there is a slight sweetness that I really enjoy as well slight bite to the end of each sip. This was by far my favorite steep of this tea.
The final steep developed a slightly stronger astringency or bitterness as well as a grassy or vegetal flavor that I don't care as much for. I let this steep cool completely to room temperature before finishing it and the flavors evened out, making it a little more enjoyable for me.
Overall I found this to be a very enjoyable Oolong tea, however, I still prefer the stronger flavors of Tie Guan Yin. If you have tried Tie Guan Yin in the past and didn't find it enjoyable, this may be a better option for you. It still has some of the similar flavors without being nearly as strong.
Would I order this again? Possibly. While it wasn't my favorite Oolong, I did really enjoy it.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by TeaVivre for my review. As always, all opinions are my own. If you are a company and would like to send me an item for review feel free to drop me an email.