Admittedly I'm pretty new to teas beyond the usual Earl Greys, run-of-the-mill green teas, and a few flavored teas so take this review with a grain of salt. Could be useful to other newcomers though.
I'll keep this brief as Eric's review is accurate. Doesn't taste like other oolongs that I have had, more of a green tea color and flavor. I ordered this based on the flavor description on the site and just brewed up my first cup. It smells and consequently tastes a lot like smoked oysters to me. Not as strong, of course, but definitely a somewhat "pungent" aspect. As I work my way through the first cup and the temperature cools I do detect other subtle flavors coming out. Buttery, pear, maybe a hint of lime like Savanna noted. Creamy is a good description.
For an oolong I prefer the Da Hong Pao that I have. I haven't had many oolongs but this one could be featured on Sesame Street's "One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others" skit haha. It's quite different but worth a sample pack if you're unsure.
When it comes to oolong tea, my experiences started at the Chinese restaurants that my mother would take me to. To me, an oolong tea has a darker color, more along the lines of a black tea. The flavors of those oolongs were darker, and deeper than this Li Shan is. In fact, this Li Shan has a vegetal flavor very similar to really good green teas. This tea is nothing like Da Hong Pao, Fenghuang Shuixian, or other darker oolongs.
That being said, if you like green tea, this tea won’t disappoint. The color is light and the flavor, as mentioned before, is vegetal. It can be steeped several times. If you’re looking for an oolong that is along the lines of those served in many Chinese restaurants, or those that are darker, you may be disappointed. I’m giving this tea four stars because it’s a fine tea, just not what I expected.
This tea is very nice! It is smooth and buttery at first, then you get hints of floral and citrus. One I keep stocked in the house.
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