Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Chai Chun Tea: A Pair of Glenburn Oolongs, A Tea Review

Today I get to have fun with spring harvests and Oolongs from Darjeeling, and that is perfect because it perfect spring weather! We had a massive storm last night, are supposed to have more today, and I got to comfortably sit with my feet in the lake (still a bit too brisk for actual swimming though) so I wanted a tea to reflect the season, I also get the distinct pleasure of pitting an autumn and spring harvested Oolong against each other and that is awesome. Both of these teas made their way to me from Glenburn Tea Estate in Darjeeling, one of my favorite tea estates, via Chai Chun and getting them was an adventure! They went to my old address and were not forwarded as they should have been so I had to jump through some hoops to actually get the tea, and now that I have it I can say it was worth the hoop jumping.

Moonshine First Flush 2018

Woo, my first 2018 tea of the year! This fluffy leafed Oolong is beautiful, with silvery buds, green and mottled brown leaves, and you know what, it also smells beautiful. Notes of hyacinth and honeysuckles mix with fresh juicy grapes, and cucumber giving it a great refreshing green finish. The taste is light and sweet, notes of wildflower honey, apple peel, green grapes, broken hay, cucumber, and honeysuckles make for a very juicy and refreshing cup. The mouthfeel is also light, feeling though it is dancing around my mouth rather than being heavy with its sweetness. This is very much so a tea I want to drink while hiking, or late in the afternoon when I need a pick-me-up in the form of a light tea rather than a heavier black tea.

Glenburn Autumn Flush

This very much so looks like the autumnal version of the Moonshine tea, darker in color (both the leaves and the amber rather than golden liquid) and heavier in profile. They are similar and yet contrast wildly, and that is one of the things I love about doing these side by sides. The aroma of this tea is densely sweet, with strong notes of apricots and dark grapes, reminding me a bit of jam. Combine that with the undertones of nutty baked goods and I swear this tea smells of scones with jam and now I am hungry for that. Steeping up the tea, the mouthfeel is still light (say compared to a black or a really dense Taiwanese Oolong) but compared to the spring Oolong it is much heavier with an almost sticky feeling to it. The taste is sweet and nutty, blending dried apricots and rich muscadines with undertones of a slightly brisk woodiness akin to oak wood. It too is refreshing, but the way biting into a warm meal is rather than standing out in a cool breeze on a hot day like the spring Oolong is. These two are not quite night and day, but they certainly are spring and autumn!

Teas sent for review

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