TEA REVIEW: What-Cha – Fujian Imperial Pearl Brandy Oolong Tea

Tea and origin: Oolong tea from Longyan Garden, Fujian, China
Oxidation: 90%
Roast: 0%
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Fujian Imperial Pearl Brandy

The 90% oxidation and 0% roast of this tea really perked my interest. It seems like most oolongs I try are oxidised between 10 and 40% with no roast, or they are roasted 20 to 40% with little oxidation. Let’s see what the high oxidation did to this tea . . .

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Rolled leaves that have a sweet aroma

Wet leaf: Sweet, candy-like sweetness with some flowery notes

Liquor colour: Dark golden

Liquor aroma: Sweet with floral undertones

Liquor flavour: The liquor is dominated by sweet, honey and molasses-like flavours,                                       but there are some some floral and spicy undertones. It is medium-                                         bodied tea, with mild astringency

Infusion method: Gong fu style with gaiwan or Yixing teapot                                                                                     5 grams of tea                                                                                                                                         150 to 200ml of 85 to 90C water                                                                                                       Infusion times: 1m, 1m 30s, 2m, 2m 30s                                                                                         4 to 5 infusions


I really like a lot of Chinese black/red teas for their sweetness and malty flavours. The sweetness in this oolong reminds me of the sweet flavours found in some Chinese black teas (e.g. a Fengqing or a Fujian black), although it is more pronounced. I also find this tea smoother than most Chinese black teas, but it has just as much body. While the sweetness and smoothness of this tea might make it an ideal afternoon tea, I think that its body and bold flavour make it a great morning tea.

Retail price: 10 grams for £2.25 / 50 grams for £7.50 / 100 grams for £13.95


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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