High quality oolong teas have a unique sweetness that make them a pleasure to drink. This is most evident in Lupicia Momo Oolong Super Grade, a superior grade Taiwanese pouchong (a lightly oxidised oolong) blended with the flavour and aroma of Japanese white peach, and accented with pink rose petals.
Steeping 3 g of tea leaf in 200 ml of water at 85°C for 2 minutes yields a first infusion with a pale yellow liquor and the tightly rolled curly leaves of the tea just opening. This first infusion has sweet aromatic notes of white peach nectar, scented without being heady like perfume. A sip reveals a slightly vegetal head with the fresh and bright peach notes emerging in the body and developing with a slightly creamy and lightly floral — from the rose petals and the pouchong – flavour towards the tail that lingers into the aftertaste. There is minimal astringency and the peach notes are the perfect complement to the fruity notes of oolong.
Subsequent infusions — up to two for the same amount of time and at the same temperature — have a more pronounced vegetal flavour as the leaves open fully with the white peach notes fading into the background increasingly. The brightness of the tea from the flavour and aroma of the white peach, giving the tea an uplifting and refreshing quality, makes this one of the most enjoyable oolongs.
The bag of Lupicia Momo Oolong Super Grade contained 50 g. The tea originated in Taiwan and was purchased in Tokyo, Japan in 2014.