Sunday, March 1, 2009

Melon Oolong

Tea: Melon Oolong - 8239
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $9.00 / 50g
Source: Taiwan
Vendor Description: Sweet aroma of juicy melons and aromatic Taiwanese oolong tea.

Leaf:The leaf for this tea has a very sweet cantaloupe aroma. It is very strong and pleasant. There are small white pieces of dried fruit in the mix as well. The oolong is rolled into nice small pellets (Taiwanese style oolong).

1st Infusion Parameters: 5g, 5 oz, 2:00, 208F

1st Infusion: This tea has a pale yellow color. It is rather clear with a few flecks of sediment in the bottom of the cup. The aroma of the tea is a typical green oolong mixed with the same sweet cantaloupe aroma. The flavor though is not as strong as the aroma would indicate. The middle of the flavor is very characteristically green oolong. The ending of the flavor has a solid sweetness from the cantaloupe flavoring. Overall the tea is very smooth and sweet, and there is a general mouth coating sweetness to it. The flavor lasts a long time and has a lingereing aftertaste. This tea feels like it has a flavor battle between the sweetness of the melon and the oolong flavoring.

2nd Infusion Parameters: 208F, 3:00

2nd Infusion: This infusion has a golden yellow color. The sweet melon aroma is dominated by the stronger green oolong aroma. There is a light sharpness in the aroma. The flavor is light and smooth with a light sense of astringency. Again, it feels like there is still a conflict in the flavors here.

Rating: 7/10

Conclusion: This is a flavored oolong, it makes no allusions as being something else. It is pretty good for a flavored tea, better than most of the other flavored oolongs I have tried. For a flavored oolong though this tea is very pricey. The flavoring is quite nice, the underlying oolong is as good as should be expected for a flavored tea.

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