REVIEW: Tea Masters – 2014 Spring Manzhong Baozhong

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Tea and origin: Light to medium oxidised organic oolong tea from near Pinglin, Wenshan, Taiwan. Harvested on 21 April 2014.
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Link to Spring Manzhong Baozhong

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.

Tasting notes

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

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About teaxplorer

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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