Vietnam High Mountain Oolong Tea

While in Australia I regularly visited a couple of tea stores. I finally decided in the final days what teas I would buy to bring home with me.

One of the stores was called The Tea Centre and had a nice range of loose leaf teas.

The Tea Centre, Macquarie Shopping Centre, North Ryde, Australia, Tea ShopI did not take a picture of the shop while it was open as I was too focused on checking out the tea. However, I did take one while walking by one night on the way to the grocery store.

You can see the tins of tea lined up on the shelves. They are all full of wonderful loose leaf teas.

Vietnam Oolong Tea, High Mountain tea, Tea CentreOne of the teas that I bough was Vietnam High Mountain Oolong. I like a good oolong tea and had not had any from Vietnam, so it was a logical selection. The tea was listed as a green oolong so I knew that it would have a lighter oxidation.

tea leaves, oolong, rolled tea leavesHere are the tightly rolled up leaves of tea. You can see that they have good coloring with hints of green showing.

Oolong tea, Vietnam Oolong, Tea, Tea leaves, steepingThe leaves were much greener when they unfurled and started to steep.

Oolong tea, Tea Centre, Vietnamese Tea, OolongThe Tea Menu that I picked up in the shop did not have a good description of the tea, but their website had this to say about the Vietnam High Mountain Oolong:

Exquisitely lush, well-twisted leaves unfurl to produce a gentle yet full flavoured brew that is both nutty and vegetal but with a lovely soft finish.

I agree with this description. The tea has a fuller taste than most green teas I have had from Taiwan, but not as much as the dark oolongs. It definitely has a soft finish which is something that I really enjoy about most oolong teas.

Vietnam Oolong Tea, High Mountain Tea, Green OolongHere you can see the lovely yellow color of the tea. When I took this picture I was also enjoying the wonderful strong aroma of the tea. It definitely had a vegetal aroma.

I bought another tea at The Tea Centre that I may write about later this week.



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Where is the Bolster?

While traveling it is sometimes interesting to see how items are positioned in your room after the housekeeping staff has performed their service.

On my recent trip to Australia I stayed in a serviced apartment and one item kept moving around.

Black Bolster, Pillows, decorative pillowsMy bed had a bolster on it when I arrived and it was something that I would use for different things. It was good for propping up a book or to lay on to position myself to see the TV a bit better.

Bolster, decorative pillow, black bolsterAt first I would come back and it would be propped up between one of the nightstands and the wall. Of course, it would end up back on the bed and be there the next day when they did their service.

Moved items, serviced room, bolster, pillowsThen they started to put it in the closet with my suitcase. I assume that they just thought of it as a decorative pillow and that I didn’t use it.

This went on for a couple days and then it started showing back up on the bed each day.

Empty closet, Hidden BolsterThen I came back one afternoon and I couldn’t find the bolster in any of the usual places. I even looked in other closets, the laundry area and it just was not to be found. I then thought of one more place they may have put it.

Closet Shelf, Bolster, Hidden pillowsI got up on my nightstand and looked on the top shelf in the closet and there it was.

They almost hid it well enough that I couldn’t find it, but it was in the last place that I looked.

The last few days it was back on the bed each day. I guess they finally got the message.

Or, perhaps they were just playing a game with me 🙂



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