I felt that this tea was going to be a very unique experience. After all, pouchong is not a very common type of tea. The people who grow it refer to it as a green tea, yet in reality, pouchong is actually a type of oolong. The oxidization process is such that the tea is supposed to be very light in flavor.
For preparing pouchong, water of a temperature akin to that which is
used for green tea should be used. According to Canton Tea Co's
website, the tea is very forgiving, and they recommend using anywhere
from one teaspoon to one table spoon of tea per cup of water. As I was
making this tea in a 150ml gaiwan, I chose to just go with their
recommendation and use 1 teaspoon of leaves. In keeping with their
description of it being a very forgiving tea, they recommend 2-4 minutes
for steep time. I went with three, just to be safe.
The dry leaves and the wet leaves smell much the same. A hint of
fruitiness and a lot of fresh, light, oolong scent. Even after three
minutes, the brew looks incredibly pale, but has a wonderfully light,
floral aroma. The initial flavor, when the tea first touches the
tongue, is light, too. While it may seem ridiculous, it is almost
feathery in how soft the flavor is. One is then surprised when the
finishing taste is bolder than expected. In fact, it seems that the
finish is bolder than the foretaste.
I can see why this tea wins awards. It really is good. Canton Tea
Co's website says nothing regarding resteeping, but I decide to try
anyway, increasing the steep time to four minutes. I cannot say that the
resteeping has improved or changed the flavor. If anything, it is a
bit weaker than before. However, this tea still maintains its soft
mouthfeel and light flavors. An indefinite steep is probably called for
in order to get all the vestiges of flavor from these leaves.
I enjoyed drinking this tea, and it is certainly one of Canton Tea
Co's very nice offerings. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would give
it a 77/100.
Canton Tea Co's Pouchong may be acquired from their website, here.
Photo credit to Canton Tea Co.
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.