Pouchong Tea 3rd Grade

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From Ten Ren Tea

This is a Pouchong tea from Taiwan: it's a very light Oolong tea, only slightly fermented and much more similar to a green tea than an Oolong. The commercial description says it is "sharp and full bodied with a roasted quality" but I don't notice any of these qualities--this tea seems mellow, not sharp to me...and thin and clear, not full-bodied, and has not even a hint of roasted tones.

The aroma is light and floral, with a planty character to it, and perhaps a mild fishiness, but without the biting sharpness that other fishy teas (read Japanese Sencha) have. This tea smells almost like you've added honey to it, without actually doing so. Very different from most Oolongs, and more similar to green tea: if you like green teas and want to try something different, I would recommend trying this one.

While I like this tea, several people I know, especially those who tend to like black tea, have expressed a strong dislike for this tea, more so that other "greener" or "lighter" teas. I think people are more likely to object to the planty or fishy tones in it, although I personally like them. I would recommend sampling this before buying--it may only be appreciated by people with a specific kind of taste.

I have yet to try the other grades of this tea from TenRen. This one is quite inexpensive though and offers outstanding value. I'm going to try a higher grade rather than a cheaper one next.


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