The high level of oxidation in Peach Oolong Tea gives it a smooth taste that is intense in its sweetness, so much so that in many ways it is reminiscent of red tea. The most surprising feature, however, is the flavoring process with natural peach essence, which makes this tea pleasant to drink both cold and hot.
The amber liquor caresses the taste buds with fruity and sweet, slightly toasted notes, without the creamy notes of Taiwanese oolong being overpowered or hidden by the peach essence. A perfectly balanced mix that enhances each flavor and aroma component.
Tasting – Sight and smell
Peach oolong tea leaves are rather tightly rolled and small in size, with colors ranging from brown to brown with some ochre tips. The peach aroma is already discernible, although the explosion of aromas occurs by infusing the leaves in water and letting them open little by little: notes of peach, roasted and mineral notes, hints of cookie and dark bread crust, and a vague and surprising hint of milk chocolate on the finish are thus released. The liquor in the cup is orange-amber, bright and full of beautiful golden hues.
GONG FU CHA
The first infusion of Peach oolong tea has fruity notes of yellow peach and hints of sweetness: it is velvety on the palate with a sustained, creamy body from the very first infusion. With the second brew, tea notes emerge in addition to peach: sweet and biscuity notes, malty hints, and a nutty finish, with a triumph of pecans and almonds. With the third and subsequent infusions, as the leaves open in the gaiwan, the character of the basic Taiwanese oolong becomes more and more clearly discernible: sweet, fruity (dried fruit), but also with some fleeting floral overtones and a honey and creme caramel sweetness, enveloping and soft on the palate.
In the opening, Peach oolong tea has fruity notes of peach and sweet hints of honey that then evolve into notes of dried fruits, such as roasted almonds and nuts, as the oolong manifests its distinctive flavors. Thus also appear the creamier notes typical of gaoshan, reminiscent of a vaguely caramelized pudding or spoon cake, while the body becomes increasingly dense and enveloping. A tea that has no bitterness or astringency and whose fruity, sweet persistence stays with us for a long time, with notes of honey and peach that linger pleasantly on the palate.
Place of origin
Ming Jian, located in Nantou County, Taiwan
Method of infusion of Peach Oolong Tea
We strongly recommend infusing Oolong Peach Tea in the traditional Chinese method (Gong Fu Cha) with a gaiwan with a capacity of about 150 ml. By following this preparation, multiple infusions can be made with 5 grams of leaves that are useful to best capture all the flavor nuances of the tea.
After briefly rinsing the leaves with water at a temperature of 85°C, proceed to an initial 30-second infusion. Keeping the water at the same temperature, you can then continue to exploit the same leaves by adding more water and increasing the infusion time by 10 seconds each time (30-40-50…).
This tea has a longevity of 4 infusions.
For a more classic preparation according to the Western style, we recommend 3 grams of leaves (about 2 teaspoons) in a 200-mL cup with water at 85°C for an infusion time of 3 minutes.
For a better tasting experience, we suggest that you strain the infusion as soon as the brewing time is over. The brewing time recommendations, however, can also be slightly adjust by your personal taste in order to obtain a strong or more delicate cup of tea.
Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Benefits of Oolong tea
The main benefits to be derived from oolong teas stem from the significant content of minerals and antioxidant phenols in the leaves.
Some studies, in fact, report that daily intake of oolong tea can affect bone health by improving the concentration of minerals in this tissue and promote a decrease in blood sugar due to the stimulating effect of phenols on insulin.
Oolong teas also generally possess a low concentration of caffeine. This feature make the oolong easier to be consumed in every moment of the day also for the people more sensitive to this exciting substance.