Alishan Gongfu Black Tea from producer Grandpa Mr. Lo
Basic info about this special tea:
Qingjing Oolong Varietal
2016 Winter Tea
From Alishan, Jiayi, in Taiwan
1200m-1800 m Elevation Above Sea Level.
Temperature ( 97-98 degrees celsius)
Brewing Vessel (90ml Jingdezhen gaiwan)
Grams of Leaves ( 4 grams)
Steeping Time ( less than 10 seconds per infusion, and every infusions increasing the time by 2 to 5 seconds)
Number of Total Steepings: Over 10 strong infusions.
Aroma of Dry Leaves: Clove, Dates, Raisins, Honey, Chocolate
Aroma of Wet Leaves: Dark Honey, Plums, and a bit of Eucalyptus.
Taste Profile: Almonds, Dark Cocoa and tropical fruits .
Texture Profile: aged Cheddar sort of sharpness but with a complex finish .
Feeling/Aftertaste: sweet and delicate, with a herbal finish.
Price: 15 dollars/25 grams
Rating 8.5 out of 10.
Firstly, the packaging is amazing, with its ultra-protection aluminum lining on the inside; the aroma is kept safe, while the tea can mature or rest. Perfect little baggy or package for one or two gongfu sessions at home. The leaves are long, unbroken, and very distinctive. Using these unique twigs and edgy leaves, Oollo Tea has managed to make this tea into something amazing, using again a non-black tea cultivar, and using such advanced oxidation techniques and making sure that the body of a good black is there while keeping the fragrance that many Taiwanese Oolongs carry. The dry leaves smelt a lot like a KitKat bar or something chocolaty with some clove, or something a little cinnamony. Then came the wet leaves, which transformed more of the vegetal, herbal notes into something fruity, and more woody. The classic roasted aroma came out from the dry moist leaves, meaning the dry leaves that hit the gaiwan right after.
The initial first impressions were very good, resulting in me exploring both my upper and lower palate. The upper palate engaging in activities like seeing where the fragrance can go, and while the lower pallet sees the body, or how much richness the tea soup carries. It was really an amazing experience, and I will recommend this tea for especially for people who love complex, artisan, rich tea.
I also feel as a constant tea drinker that this tea very much impressed me. My body and soul was warmed, and I feel as if I was walking in the markets of the middle east, buying spices and dried tropical fruits. A real experience that should be looked up to. The money is definitely worth it, as you get more infusions than definitely most of the black teas. The leaves pulled off extremely well, and I tried to cold brew it after. It worked so well. The body really kicked in as well. I gave it 8 on the Attitude Rank, as it definitely has the power and flavor to make me feel drunk. The missing two stars was because I felt maybe the chi could’ve been stronger, and if it had lasted more than 15 infusions, there is no doubt that it deserves a full 10 Attitude Rank.