This tea is brought to us by some new folks at the 2011 World Tea Expo. Octavia Tea had a slew of different pure and blended teas at their booth which all looked and smelled great. They provided me some samples, and I bring you the first of many reviews!
|Blend Name||Silver Mountain
|Country of Origin||Taiwan|
|Price per Package||$20.00 USD|
|Quantity||~ 3.7 oz|
|*Flavor, Aroma, Boldness|
One of the teas at the Octavia Tea booth at the 2011 World Tea Expo which caught my eye first was this beautiful Silver Mountain Water Oolong. Something about it made me keep coming back to it.
Pretty and tiny tightly balled forest green and yellow-green leaves provide an interesting visual with some stems on. The liquor brews a wonderfully lightly honeyed yellow.
The aroma of the loose leaves is light but creamy. Hints of honeysuckle come to mind. Once brewed the aroma turns more fruity, but remains smooth.
The flavors fill the palate on contact. Smooth and embracing the texture alone calms the senses. There’s little astringency but there’s a deal of vegetal freshness reminiscent of artichoke or fresh spinach.
While the tea doesn’t start out astringent, it does dry the palate slightly and the vegetal tones could provide some strength for some individuals.