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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chicago Tea Garden Loose Leaf Oolong Tea 'High Grade Ben Shan Oolong'

Tea Information:
Tea: High Grade Ben Shan Oolong
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Chicago Tea Garden
Purchase: Here
Description:
Etymology: “Ben Shan” translates to “Source Mountain”
Other Names: Benshan

Origin: China, Fujian Province, Anxi County

Harvest: Spring 2010

Taste: Roasted and floral, with a lasting nutty after-taste.

Behind the Leaf: Ben Shan is one of the famous Anxi County oolongs from China. The name “Ben Shan” is the cultivar of camellia sinensis used to make this oolong.


Steep Information:
Amount: 1 tsp
Water: boiling
Tool: Bee House teapot
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetal, nutty
Steeped Tea Smell: buttery, sweet
Flavor: vegetal, nutty
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: astringent
Liquor: translucent honey yellow

Re-Steep Information:
Water: boiling
Tool: Bee House teapot
Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, roasty, nutty
Flavor: roasty, nutty
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: nutty, astringent
Liquor: translucent honey yellow

Came as a gift with an order from Chicago tea garden.

I could have steeped this more, but after 4 cups of tea it was time for bed.

I really love this oolong, not as much as the new zealand oolong but it's this nice nutty roasty, but not too dark, tea.

If you enjoy a little roast to your tea I highly recommend you try this!

Rating: 4/4 leaves


Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing









I received this product for free in return for writing a review. All my reviews are as unbiased as possible, whether I buy or receive free product. I accept no other compensation other than free product.
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