Today I received this sample pack from Hancha Teahouse in Hong Kong! Nice huh? They sent it out just for people to enjoy a good cup of tea. Isn’t that nice?! It made my day!
There are 2 bags of high altitude Qilai Mountain Oolong, and 2 bags of Oriental Beauty. I’m starting with the Oriental Beauty. I feel like something sweet and rich after dinner, and this might be it.
I steep one bag in my push-button glass steeper (don’t know what it’s really called) for about 30 seconds. Yes, I ignored the package instructions, as usual. OK, so I have a lovely copper coloured tea which smells like caramelized honey. Smells yummy!
It first hits the mouth just like that… caramelized burnt sugar sweetness. And it’s smooth, smooth, smooth. It almost tastes like milk tea although I haven’t added any. But the surprise comes after you swallow. The after-taste is a lovely floral, flowery, orange-y perfume which is just divine! I didn’t see that coming! It starts out so smooth and sweet… I never expected the orange/ flowers at all! I don’t know where that came from! Must have a second cup!
The second cup (35 seconds) is richer than the first. There’s now some malt flavour along with the sweetness. I’m finding the richness surprising for such a bright amber-coloured tea. I would expect it to be darker. It’s really beautiful though… no bitterness at all, and just a tiny touch of astringency at the end. I’m loving the intensity of this tea. It’s got a much deeper, richer flavour than most white and green teas, but doesn’t have the bitterness or tannins of many black teas. It’s a really good light amber tea with caramelized honey orange malty sweetness! I’d say that’s pretty complex! Nice! Made my day!
BIG THANK YOU to Hancha Teahouse for sending this my way.