I thought we had lost this one, but we found it on a random shelf hidden amongst a pile of Jell-O. You read that correct.
Anyway, it had been a while, so last night I brewed some of this sweet little number up for two. My oh my it is a good one!
The Red Blossom website gives you two different methods to brew this, one for a light, sweet taste, and a more traditional method for a bigger, bolder taste. I voted for the bigger and bolder. The girlfriend voted for light and sweet. The vote was 1 to 1. I lost.
So, the light and sweet version is simply not too long on the steeping timer and not quite as much leaves. I used about 2 tablespoons of leaves in her 2 cup infuser and steeped for about 1 minute. (3+ tablespoons and 2 minutes of steeping time for the bigger and bolder version)
The color was lighter than I remember, and lighter than I am used to for an Oolong, but then again it is a Phoenix Oolong, so, maybe there you go. or not. I’m not really a master on the Phoenix Oolong. It was a nice reddish brown, rather clear color.
The smell was beautiful. Nice and light, sweet, with a hint of honey and almost an orange feel. It really is full of flavor.
I’m really curious as to what the more traditional brew is like. Next time I hope I win the vote!
Flavors: Floral, Honey, Sweet