The long delicate, hand-processed leaves of Mauna Kea’s 2010 First Flush Oolong are something to behold. Taka is getting better and better at replicating China’s Oolong process of olde. The dry leaves have the familiar floral scent of a Chinese or Taiwanese Oolong, but with a wisp of something more fresh, like the smell of laundry left to dry outside in wind blowing over a hay field. The New Zealand Oolong I recently tried also had this fresh scent.
After a 1:00 infusion at 195 degrees fahrenheit, the leaves had barely begun to unfurl. Because these leaves have barely unfurled, I can be sure that I can get many many steepings out of a single serving of these leaves.
The liquor has a bright yellow/golden glow to it and smells very fresh and slightly floral. The taste maintains the fresh smell and the sweetness is still there too. There is a strong floral taste on the finish.
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