The flavor descriptions on this site are generally spot on. For this tea however, the fruits take a back seat to a pronounced malty flavor. That's not a bad thing. Also, this seems more of a black tea than an oolong to my palate. This Hong tea is fun to drink before/after a cup of the small leaf black tea. The small leaf black tea is sweeter and fruiter, this tea is maltier, but both are interesting and enjoyable.
This tea is an in between for me. Good flavor but not great in my opinion. I brew this with about double the tea they suggest so I can get a stronger flavor. I do like this enough to have it occasionally when I tire of the other teas. Not a first choice but it does make the list.
About one and a half years ago I purchased the red Oolong tea for the first time. I was immediately intrigued by its unique flavor. With the water here at my home I manage to brew a very enjoyable tea soup using the Gongfu method. Making a cold brew with the used leaves over night provides me a refreshing delight the next day. The tasting notes by the Eco cha team fit it perfectly, specially the rhubarb compote. Tasting this tea, my memories of eating wild tiny strawberries get evoked as well. And it stimulates the saliva production, as far as I am concerned. The flavor profile of this red Oolong tea adds a truly unique and individual new section to the wide spectrum of tastes and flavors of Teas from Taiwan, as much as I was able to explore so far. For me this tea is a true revelation and I thank the Eco cha team for providing it for us tea lovers.
I like this tea, but it is a bit forgetful and probably won't be a re-order.
It has similarities to some black teas in flavor. It's got the stronger, dark flavor of a roasted oolong but isn't as strong as others like the charcoal or dong-ding. I'm more of a strong or mellow tea drinker. This is more of an in-between and doesn't hit any spots for me. Good tea, but just doesn't do it for me. Would recommend a sampler because this is definitely a preference tea.
I fell in love with this inexpensive and greatly produced Oolong tea which not only convinced me through the rich and long-lasting mildly sweet and fruity flavor but also through the refined berry and complex rhubarb aromatic notes which I have never really tasted when I tried HMO tea. It is also a very palatable and brew-friendly tea that can be made basically anyway though I prefer Gongfu Brew. I definitely recommend this tea to anybody who enjoys tea, no matter whether you are an experienced tea connoisseur or a newcomer.
We have been very happy with this tea as well. It's the first time we've sourced Hong Oolong for an in store product. Initially, we wanted to support farmers on the southeast coast of Taiwan, where the Tea Research and Extension designed this processing method to give this region differentiating value on the market. But in the end, we had to face the fact that Hong Oolong made from the Jin Xuan strain grown in the Alishan tea growing region has considerably more to offer. And this current batch is now two years old! This, along with Black Tea, will improve with age significantly within 1-3 years. Thanks for your feedback!