August 14, 2018

Jing Tea Phoenix Honey Orchid Oolong

Phoenix oolongs are made from tea plants growing in the Phoenix Mountain range and are known to be very aromatic. Let's see if the Jing Tea Phoenix Honey Orchid Oolong lives up to the reputation.

In 2010, one of my sisters-in-law gave me my first JING Tea: Jing Chai, Japanese Sencha (Kagoshima), and Oriental Beauty (Peipu, Taiwan). I did not review them for the blog but I recall liking them very much. I was so pleased to receive oolongs and puerh teas from Jing Tea related to a social media contest they hosted. The Phoenix Honey Orchid is one of the oolongs.

Phoenix Honey Orchid Oolong

The dry leaves smelled like candied guava and papaya and also slightly of cocoa. The leaves were long, dark, and slightly twisted with burnished highlights. I steeped 4 grams in 250 ml 100 F water for  3 minutes.

The liquor was very fruity, tasting like cups of tropical fruit juice. It reminded me of the quince jam served with tapas when we visited Madrid. In addition, I tasted a cinnamon bark flavor, and perhaps toffee. Despite it's light to medium body, the tea's flavors lingered in my mouth. As the tea cooled, it acquired a thicker texture as well as a burnt sweetness akin to caramelized peach skin.

A four-minute infusion was again fruit forward with a tail note of tobacco and brown paper. The fifth and final infusion of five minutes was very light bodied but complex with an unidentified flavor. I think the toffee had morphed into something else.

This Jing Tea Phoenix Honey Orchid Oolong was a delight to drink. It is decidedly aromatic! I recommend this delicious tea.

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