I’m a big fan of oolong tea, so when I got my latest samples from Mighty Leaf and saw that they were oolong, I was really excited. I tried the Wuyi Oolong last week, it had a fairly complex flavor that I wasn’t entirely happy with. I hoped that the Jade Oolong sample would be more straight-forward with me and it was.
As the name describes: this tea is green. It smelled pleasantly grassy. The rolled leaves were bright in color. All characteristics of this tea are green. If I hadn’t known this was an oolong tea, I probably would have mistook it for green.
I heated my water to 185F and steeped the tea for three minutes. The leaves need a lot of room to steep – they expand a lot! (Photo above was taken only thirty seconds into steeping.)
There were no surprises with this tea. When steeped, it smelled like it did when dry and tasted very similar to how it smelled. The tea was smooth and light, then the flavor would grab hold of me after being in my mouth for a second or two. With every sip, the grassy flavor seemed to seek out my tongue and grasp on to it for dear life.
I prefered the second and third steeping to the first as the flavors settled a bit and became sweeter. The third steeping was pretty light, so I wouldn’t recommend a fourth.
Overall, I enjoyed this tea. It was light but while simultaneously packing a nice flavorful punch. (Kachowww!) If you like green tea, you will love this.
Mighty Leaf’s website describes this tea as more floral than grassy. If you’ve tried it, let me know how you would describe the flavors!