I absolutely love tea. At weekends I can often be found in our local tearooms enjoying a cup for whatever takes my fancy. My friends think I’m mad and that as a young woman I should be out in the local bars and clubs but I just can’t get enough of tea! I have traveled far and wide to try new brews and concoctions and just adore when I find something new which really excites my taste buds!
It was on a very boring Monday that I left work for my lunch break and proceeded to go to a new tearoom which had opened just around the corner. When I got there I was impressed by the décor which was cool and kitsch and just on the stylish side of old fashioned – you know the type of place I mean! So I sat down to peruse the menu. I was really hungry having missed breakfast that morning and ordered a pastry along with a cup of something which I had never heard of before.
I got talking to the guy at the next table who told me I just had to try this new tea - he said it was the best oolong tea he had ever sampled. Best oolong tea? I had never even heard of the stuff! Ok, so the guy was really personable and I could find myself warming to him and we decided to take our tea together. We went through all the small talk that you do when you meet someone new – jobs, hobbies and interests and I asked him more about this tea.
For a tea enthusiast I felt rather embarrassed by my ignorance with regards to oolong tea. Yes I loved my herbal teas, a little Earl Grey if was feeling like it but beyond these was a whole world that I had never even heard of. That might not sound exciting to you, but to me this was a huge discovery!
There are so many different types of oolong tea from the relatively inexpensive right up to very rare and highly prized varieties such as DaYuLing. This tea is from Taiwan and is incredibly floral and tastes of honey. Now that sounds like an amazing brew indeed! I guess that it is highly sought after due to the fact that it has these unusual flavors and because it has to be grown more than 2000m above sea level. I hear that this is a very smooth cup of tea too.
Oolong tea in general comes from China and Taiwan and each different subtype of tea is processed in a different way. Generally the leaves are either rolled (which is the traditional method) or made into little tailed beads. One thing goes without saying anyway; this sure is a great cup of tea! Oh and if your wondering, I married that man I met in the tea shop!
The Best oolong tea is a great source of health giving polyphenols and is available direct from Mountain Tea. To place a private or wholesale order contact us directly on 562 412 3738. Alternatively visit www.mountaintea.com