Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Pure Chinese Tea’s Fujian Oolong. They very kindly sent me this tea and another tea to try for this series recently and because you all know just how much I love oolong, especially oxidised oolong I just had to review this one first so I could get stuck into making my way through the bag very quickly. When I saw that they had included this tea in their package they sent me I was really eager to see what it had to offer because I have my favourite oolongs and I wanted to see if this one was going to top any of the others that I’ve previously tried and earn a place in my top 5 oxidised oolongs.
Here’s what Pure Chinese Tea’s themselves have to say about this tea over on their website: ”Oolong Tea is primarily produced in Fujian Province. Fujian is located between the southern and mid subtropical zones. As a result, it has excellent natural weather and climate that is suited for the plantation of Oolong tea. The tea production areas in Fujian lie primarily in hilly or low-lying mountains and are spread across 9 main districts in Fujian Province, covering 49 counties. The taste of this Oolong tea lies in between green tea and black tea. It leaves a sweet taste after the bitterness of the leaves fade away. This Oolong tea is best brewed to be strong and pungent with a sweet after taste. Complex, Toasty Oolong Flavour. Steeps a complex cup with fruity and toasty aromas.”
Tea Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I really wanted to sit down and do a tasting session with my gaiwan for this tea but as has been the case with most of my tasting sessions I’ve just not been well enough to sit and do a session like that even though I would love to. So I ended up steeping this western style instead which I find does still work for oxidised oolongs but not so much for the non oxidised greener oolongs. The great thing about this oolong is that it sort of bridges the gap between a sweet oolong and a thick oolong on the oxidation scale which is unlike many of the oxidised oolongs I have had before. So, it’s woody and definitely has that toasty aroma that I’m sure to but instead of being thick it had much more of a medium body. But it is also sweet and fruity with honey aroma which I didn’t expect at all and the two flavour profiles work really well.
This is definitely much more of a middle of the road oolong for me and I can’t think of a single time I have had something like this before. I’m really glad I still have some of this left because I’m excited to sit and do tasting session with this in my gaiwan because I can imagine I will definitely get much more of this tea than I did steeping it western style.From the dark brown look of the tea leaves I expected the liquor of this tea to be much darker but I think the light copper colour that this tea has definitely matches the flavour profile of this tea. Its dry aroma was quite light and I could only really pick out the woody notes and the toasty notes and I was honestly expecting this to be rather mediocre but I clearly couldn’t have been more wrong. This was actually a really flavoursome oolong and my favourite thing about it is how well the woody & toasty notes and the sweet honey/fruity notes pair so well together it’s ever something I would have thought to pair together but it works and I LOVE it!
Its smooth as well and nowhere near drying like some of oxidised oolongs I’ve had and there is not even an ounce of astringency to it because of that natural sweetness it has. If you are going to have this oolong as well I highly recommend letting it cool a little bit towards the end of your cup because the more it cools the sweeter and fruiter it gets and its honestly to die for. I’ve only had this hot but I can imagine that it would also be really nice iced so I’ll have to give that a go soon. I wouldn’t recommend adding in any milk as oolong is fantastic without anything added to it. You would spoil it by adding milk and it definitely doesn’t need honey. I honestly do love this oolong and after my tea buying ban is over I’ll definitely be buying some more of this and until then I’ll be making the bag I have last as long as possible.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Pure Chinese Tea and purchase some of this fantastic oolong for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I possibly can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*