Ever since the back-end of summer, when the days suddenly started getting noticeably shorter and cooler, this has been one of my go-to teas, one I drink on a daily basis.
It’s a heavily oxidised Oolong, which I discovered at one of the Chinese supermarkets in town.
The tea is a product of the Xiamen Tea Import & Export Co., Ltd., and is one of the teas sold under the “Sea Dyke” brand name, product no. AT206.
I usually pay 24 Swedish Crowns for the 125g packet.
Brewed Asian style in a gaiwan, this tea is easily good for 6 or 7 infusions. Western style brewing gives 2 decent steepings, 3 if you want to push your luck.
The company website says that the tea “is refined, with traditional techniques, from Oolong tealeaves produced in South Fujian. Curly in shape, black bloom in colour, it has a very special fragrance of flowers, which is clean, high and lasting. It tastes mellow, thick and brisk.”
It has that sweet, malty, almost honey-like flavour you might expect from such a dark Oolong.
As far as food pairings go, I normally drink it mid-afternoon, accompanied by a handful of cashews and a few Medjool dates. It works well with the buttery, creamy taste of the nuts, and the toffee-like flavour of the dates. My guess is that you’d have to take care when pairing it with food in general, given its generally assertive nature.
It’s not “in-your-face” by any means, but it might overpower more delicate flavours.
As with most teas you would find in a Chinese general supermarket or store, it’s not a “stop-the-press!” kind of a tea, rather a good, solid, drinkable, workaday one.
Well worth buying a packet, if you happen to come across it whilst out and about tea-hunting.