New Zealand Waikato Oolong

7 reviews
Regular price $27.49
(37¢ per cup)

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The Tea Masters in New Zealand work from a simple precept; tea is a science, but it is also an art. It’s this kind of attitude to tea making that we admire. The leaves are hand harvested and crafted to reveal extraordinary complexity of flavour; floral notes, succulent vegetal greens, tropical fruit and a creamy sweetness.

This Oolong from New Zealand has certain resemblances to our Iron Goddess of Mercy (tieguanyin) yet is unique and nuanced. Try them side by side and find out for yourself.

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DW
18 October 2021
David W.
United States
Flavorful

I'm a die hard Lapsang Souchong drinker; The Waikato Oolong is a great change of pace. mild, grassy and with a unique flavor. I purchased this as an experiment but I'll be adding more to my next order. And enjoying what I have now.

MR
05 March 2021
Miriam R.
United Kingdom
MR

This is a wonderful tea with a flavour that outperforms all other oolongs I have ever tasted. It is redolent of the earth and sun, reflecting the undoubted care and love poured into its care.

R
22 September 2020
Ran
Zealong

After leaving this in the tin for 3 months - since my original review - I have now found this tea really nice. So I now find it has a nice smooth mouth feel. Pleasant sweet floral notes. (The pea-shoot notes and astringency have mostly subsided.) It is now a more rounded, balanced and enjoyable tea. Which is good as I have stacks of it to get through!

D
01 September 2020
Deborah
Delicious!

This was a gift and it was a lovely surprise to like it so much. The mineral quality is combined with a gentle sweetness and subtle creme Anglaise flavour. It's delicious and now a firm favourite.

R
15 August 2020
Ran
Bong water

Vegetal,roasted nuts,araca nut, pea shoots,woody,slate,very mineral,overbearing astringency at 90ºC. At 80ºC more palatable if discard initial infusions. Maybe Tea Pulling may help ?

New Zealand Waikato Oolong
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New Zealand Waikato Oolong
New Zealand Waikato Oolong
New Zealand Waikato Oolong
New Zealand Waikato Oolong

Tasting Notes

The fresh-tasting leaves are unroasted giving a green, slightly mineral note, with a long-lasting sweetness, reminiscent of crème anglaise. The second infusion reveals a hint of fresh pea sprouts.

Quantity

Use 0.07oz of leaf per 5.1fl oz of water (2g per 150ml).

Temperature

For the optimum infusion use 194°F (90°C) water.

Time

Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.

Infusions

You can infuse this tea at least three times. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

37¢ per cup based on 0.07oz of leaf per 5.1fl oz of water and 3 infusions.

Seedlings

Careful propagation

New Zealand

Waikato, Hamilton

The Zealong Tea Estate’s home is the Waikato region in Hamilton, New Zealand. Hamilton is renowned for its fog and this plays a key role in ensuring the tea bushes maintain the perfect level of moisture to thrive.

CLIMATE

Gentle sunshine, and abundant rainfall

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