Darjeeling Oolong Tea

This week I have a student from India in my class. He had contacted me before he came and asked if there was anything he could bring me from India. I thought of some of my favorite memories of India and decided that it would be very difficult to bring me some butter chicken from Tandoori in Bangalore. So, I asked him if he could bring me some Indian oolong tea. I had read good things about the oolong teas from India so wanted to give them a try.

Indian Tea, Darleeling Oolong Tea, Indian Oolong, Tea CultureIndia of course is best known for their black teas but they do produce a full range of tea types.

Here you see the package that the Darjeeling Oolong tea from Andees was packed in. This was the outer package which is basically a decorated thick cloth bag. I will find a way to put it to good use.

Darjeeling Oolong Tea, Andees Tea, Indian TeaI got my tea cup set up while waiting for the water to boil. Since it was Monday I used my Monday tea towel ๐Ÿ™‚ Here you see the inner package which is a foil lined pouch to seal in the freshness of the tea.

Oolong Tea Leaves, Heavy Oxidation, Darjeeling Oolong, Indian TeaI was not surprised to find that the Darjeeling Oolong was at the heavier end for oxidation. I could tell this as the leaves were long and thin instead of coiled into balls which is usually seen for lightly oxidized oolong teas.

Heavily oxidized oolong teas have a taste that is much closer to black teas, which are more common in India.

Infuser, Infusing, Oolong Tea, Indian Tea, Heavy OxidationThe tea was soon infusing and I patiently watched the water turn a beautiful color. Being able to watch the infusion process is one thing that I really like about my trendglas Jena teecup.

Red Oolong Tea, Darjeeling Oolong, Indian Oolong tea, black teaThe first thing that I noticed as I removed the infuser was the beautiful rich color of the tea. It is a beautiful reddish brown color. This is another indication that it is highly oxidized. Oolong tea that has lower oxidation is usually a pale or golden color.

As I picked up the cup and brought it to my mouth I could smell the wonderful aroma of the tea. There is a bit of a fruity aroma to the tea.

After enjoying the aroma it was time for tasting. This tea has a very full smooth taste with no sharp edges or bitterness that you often find in black teas. It is definitely a tea that you don’t want to spoil with milk or sugar ๐Ÿ™‚ It has a bit of an earthy taste that mellows with later infusions. It reminded me a bit of a Big Red Robe tea that I was given by a friend in Toronto.

I also have another oolong tea from India to try, so keep an eye out for another tea post soon.


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