There are very few teas in my collection that I’ve had the pleasure of trying before buying. One exception is the Lupicia Mountain Grape Oolong. Drinking this tea again, Lupicia’s description is spot on: ‘a quality Taiwan oolong tea with a clear taste, dressed in an elegant fragrance of wild grapes’.
The dried looseleaf is fragrant with notes of sweet red grapes.
Steeping 3 g of looseleaf for 4 minutes in 85°C water yields a translucent golden yellow liquor with a sweet grape and prominent vegetal nose. Served hot, fresh notes of lightly oxidised oolong come through clearly in the head and develop with a more vegetal flavour by the body before the notes of mountain grape appear in the finish as a flavour without sweetness, and linger long on the aftertaste with a mild astringency. The smell of the tea is an integral part of tasting this tea, as its bright, sweet fragrance carries most of the grape flavour. The tea alone, without the aroma, tastes much like a straight oolong with barely-there notes of wild grape.
Lupicia’s teas confirm my first impressions of elegance and refinement. Nothing is too bold or overpowering, everything is balanced.
The bag of Lupicia Mountain Grape Oolong contained 50 g. The tea originated in Taiwan and was purchased in Melbourne, Australia in 2014.