Brandy Oolong

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Brandy Oolong gets its name from the beautiful brandy-colored liquor it produces. Compared to other oolong teas, Brandy Oolong is more oxidized, resulting in a smooth, complex cup. Lovely, lingering flavors of plums, figs and molasses are evident with each sip. In Taiwan, this tea is often served cold in a champagne glass for sophisticated sipping. Brandy Oolong is great for multiple infusions.

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Brandy Oolong

I forgot. It all lined up so pretty and nice on my tea shelf like a little Christmas village. Delicious Christmas village. So here I am three days in with the first open just now open. I’ll make up for it tomorrow. big grin Just by looking I would have guessed that this was a black. It is not but instead a higher oxidized oolong. Also, it no longer seems to exist on the Stash website. The dry aroma is rich. Somewhat fruity as in plums, or a somewhat musty fruit. The wet aroma is woodsy. Do not drink your tea while the infuser is in it. You’ll spill water on the floor and get tea leaves in your face. How long shall I leave it in? Probably longer. It is a darker oolong after all. After around 3 or 4 minutes I’m calling it good. There’s no astringency yet and I want to leave it that way. The liquor is a clear, deep dark amber. Very beautiful. I’m not quite sure that Get Jinxed is the song to match up with this but I have it stuck in my head. The flavor is woodsy. The only time I’ve had brandy was when my grandma put it in tea when I was sick. Have had it a few other times on the side but it’s definitely not something I seek out. Rather spend my money on tea. There is something about this that does remind me of brandy though. Oak. That lingering sensation of wet woods. Just licked a stick.

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1.5 tsp for 300mL water @90C, steeped 8 minutes 45 seconds.

Yeah, 8:45. I got a phone call.

However, this tea stands of beautifully to a long steep.

Colour on my usual 4:30 steep is much the same as what I have here now, a medium copper that looks like a light Ceylon tea. This is a darker oolong than I usually drink, and it’s got a lot going on: molasses, figs, plums and a few other nots I can’t quite define. Nuanced. No bitterness, not even at 8:45. The shorter steep is much sweeter, but this robust beauty remains pleasant and complex. Well worth a try for anyone who likes oolong, and it might make a lovely foray into oolong for a tea drinker who likes the lighter black teas, like Darjeelings (though this has no astringency).

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