India Darjeeling Rohini Autumn Flush 'Japonica' Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
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Dry Grass, Drying, Floral, Honeysuckle, Osmanthus, Smooth
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A fantastic Baozhong style oolong with a smooth lingering floral taste with hints of sweetness.

A tea with a completely unique provenance, while it replicates the style of a Taiwanese Baozhong oolong it is made from a cultivar unique to Rohini Tea Estate which has been propagated from Japan’s most famed tea clone Yabukita and the lesser known Fujimadori.

Sourced direct from Rohini tea estate in Darjeeling.

Tasting Notes:
- Very smooth texture
- Lingering floral taste
- No bitterness or astringency

Harvest: Autumn Flush, November 2019

Cultivar: ROH-1 (Propagated from Japanese tea clones)
Origin: Rohini Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India
Farmers: Shiv Saria and his son Hrishikesh Saria
Sourced: Direct from the farmer
Percentage of price going back to the farmer: 30%+

Brewing Advice:
- Heat water to roughly 80°C/176°F
- Use 2 teaspoons per cup/small teapot
- Brew for 1-2 minutes

Packaging: Resealable ziplock bag

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Thank heavens eastteaguy is on here, because he tends to buy the same things I do lol.

I am holding off on rating this one, and I hope some of you have tried it before I did, but I have a very mixed opinion of it. Alistair described this one as a Baozhong style oolong, and it looked like that in the picture. When I got the actual leaf, it was a lot tippier than I thought it would be. It looks as advertised, and is very pretty, though.

As for tasting it, it was stronger than I expected. It’s supposed to be smooth, floral, sans bitterness or astringency, but it has the sharpness of a first flush Darjeeling. I used very light leaves and 1 minute of steeping, but it was still pretty cutting. The florals were there, like osmanthus, peony, major honeysuckle, linen, and it was a little bit sweet, but there was something still strong about it. Sharp is the only way I can describe it, though it reminded me of astringency, drying, or acidity. I could be brewing it wrong and would like some advice for those willing to give. Maybe my palettes off.

So far, I prefer the Hand Crafted Spring Oolong from Rohini, but I need to let this one grow on me before I make a final judgement. I will say this is definitely more for experienced tea drinkers who want to try India’s new stuff. I have not figured out a way for a new drinker to like it yet.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Drying, Floral, Honeysuckle, Osmanthus, Smooth

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