REVIEW: Canton Tea Co – Cha Nang Ngam Cing Xin Oolong (2013)

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Tea: Lightly oxidised oolong from Dol Mae Salong, North Thailand (spring 2013 harvest)
Purchased at: Canton Tea Co
Link to Cha Nang Ngam Oolong

Canton is selling leftover stock from their Tea Club Archive. Currently the club sends members a new tea each week (although the format of the club is set to change around Christmas time, so stay tuned). Many of the teas featured in the club are extremely rare or from parts of the world that are less well known for tea production. I couldn’t resist trying some of these leftover teas, so I ordered oolongs from Thailand and New Zealand. This is first time I’ve had a tea from either country, and I’m keen to see how they stack up against my favourite oolongs – lightly oxidised Taiwanese oolongs.

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf is made up dark green, tightly rolled balls

– It has a light floral aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a light green liquor that has a strong floral, sweet (jammy-like) aroma

– Like the aroma, the liquor is dominated by floral and sweet notes. The body is rather light, but the aftertaste really grows and lingers in the throat

Tips/conclusions:

– The Tea Club recommends infusing this tea for two minutes in a teapot or gaiwan. I broke the rules with my gaiwan and tried to infuse this tea for 30 seconds. This did not work: I got a rather flavourless cup. The tightly rolled balls need two minutes to open. Try infusing this tea three to five times

– After following the club’s infusion time recommendation, I found this to be a very enjoyable oolong with bold floral flavours. Its aftertaste is what impressed me most as I found the body of the tea initially underwhelming, but the aftertaste expanded and lingered in my mouth, making it a very satisfying tea. Although this Thai oolong is very unique and gives people a distinct drinking experience from other oolongs, I think it would really appeal to people who like Chinese Ti Kuan Yin oolongs, but it may not be every Taiwanese oolong favourite. It is definitely worth a try

Score:

4.25/5

Purchasing Cha Nang Ngam Cing Xin Oolong: A 10 gram sample is £5. Be aware: Stock is limited on these Tea Club Archive teas.

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I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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