This tea came from a Liquid Proust ‘LP Hookup’ tea assortment, where it seems Andrew of Liquid Proust picks you out a random assortment of teas from his collection.
This one is labeled as a ‘Bug Bitten Oolong from Taiwan’ with no other information at all.
That’s ok. I’m more then willing to drink a random bug bitten oolong tea.
If Andrew from Liquid Proust reads this review, perhaps he will comment with some more information about the tea and exactly it is.
Brand: Liquid Proust
Tea: Bug Bitten Oolong from Taiwan
The leaves of this tea are ‘bug bitten’, which is a common processing technique in Taiwanese oolong tea.
When bugs bite the leaves, the tea plant’s natural defense mechanism kicks into gear and releases enzymes to help protect itself. These enzymes altar the taste of the tea and are said to enhance any fruit or honey notes the tea might have.
I actually don’t have as much experience with Taiwanese oolongs as I do with other types of oolong tea, but we’ll see how this goes.
I put 4 grams of tea into a small glass pitcher using spring water.
After brewing, the tea was filtered through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
I washed the tea for 15 seconds and discarded the rinse.
Steeped for 45 seconds.
Flavor notes of honey, caramel, forest, stewed flowers, and roasted rice.
It doesn’t have an overly complex flavor, but that being said, it is a good tasting tea.
The honey and caramel taste is probably the most pronounced.
Looking at my small glass pitcher, the leaves are quite brown in color, hinting at a higher oxidation level.
Steeped for 50 seconds.
Although the brew remains transparent, it is a rather dark golden brown color.
This steep seems to have a thin layer of oily film on top, which is relatively common, and is mostly calcium carbonate and other compounds from the tea plant. However, in my experience, not all teas do this.
I don’t detect any real amount of bitterness or astringency.
Has a light to medium texture.
Flavor notes are about the same as the first steep, but perhaps a little stronger.
Steeped about 60 seconds.
The honey note isn’t really on the tip of the tongue anymore, as it seems to have moved a little further back, if you know what I mean.
Just a little astringency has shown itself in this steep, but overall, the brew is still very smooth.
The flavor now seems to be more mineral-forward.
Continues on about same.
Could probably handle a couple more steeps.
This tea seems to be all about the ‘honey aroma’.
There are some other notes such as caramel, stewed flowers, and toasted rice, but it’s not as complex in flavor as some other oolong teas I have tried recently.
That being said, I did enjoy the tea and I would happily drink it again.