Friday, March 26, 2010

New oolongs in the shop

We've had some great oolongs in the shop over the years (and still do), but often because of the quality they tend to be on the expensive side.

A lot of customers have come in wanting a good, everyday drinking oolong that won't break the bank. So, we've been doing some tasting and we found a couple that fit the bill nicely.

The Blue Spring Oolong is a nice Tie Guan Yin from Fujian China. It's a rolled oolong with a bit of a roast to it to give it a slightly toasty flavor, but it still has the smoothness you expect from a Tie Guan Yin. It also has some pretty blue flowers blended in to give it a little more visual interest. The flowers don't add to the taste, they just look pretty. The mild flavor of this tea makes for a great "gateway" for those looking to move from black to green teas.

The Formosa Oolong is a bold, heavily roasted oolong from Taiwan (Formosa is the old word for Taiwan). This one makes a great accompaniment to a meal, and you could really have fun pairing the toasty flavor with different foods. If you've ever had tea at a Chinese restaurant and thought "man, what kind of tea is this?", our Formosa Oolong is probably pretty similar to what you had.

You can find both the Blue Spring Oolong and Formosa Oolong in our shop and online for $10.00 per 4 ounces. That comes out to about 25 cents a cup, and that's if you only steep it once!