I’ve tasted a handful of Baozhong teas over the past couple of years. The ones I tried had decent flavour, but the liquor they cupped out was too week for my personal liking. I am pleased today to be trying Tea Masters’ Manzhong Baozhong. The description of the tea caught my attention and it is super fresh . . . so let’s get to tasting.
Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of full leaves that are dark green in colour. It has a floral aroma, but some grassy undertones come out when the leaves are added to warmed crockery
Infused tea: The tea cups out a light yellow liquor that has a floral, sweet aroma. Like the aroma of the liquor, the flavour of the tea has a floral body and a sweet finish. I detect orchid or lilac-like floral notes and mango or peachy-like sweet notes in the liquor. The body of the tea is on the lighter side of medium, and it is extremely smooth. It has a thick mouthfeel, and a lingering floral aftertaste
Infusion tips: This tea is extremely forgiving when it comes to the infusion process. I tried infusing it in a small teapot (250ml) with 95C water and four grams of tea, and I used a giawan (150ml) with four grams of tea at 95C. I infused the tea with the teapot from one to three minutes, and I used shorts infusion (30 seconds, one minute, one and half minutes, etc) for the giawan. Personally, I found both ways equally successful, but I did find that I could get more infusions with the gaiwan (at least five infusions)
Conclusions: I love the floral notes in this tea, and it is by far the most flavourful Baozhong I’ve ever tried. High mountains oolongs (e.g. an Ali Shan) are my favourite because of their floral aroma, flavour and aftertaste. This Baozhong has many of those characteristics and is comparable to some of my favourite oolongs
Retail price: 25 grams for $10.00 / 150 grams for $50.00