Sunday, December 07, 2008

Jin Xuan Oolong

Jin Xuan Oolong, or High Mountain Tea, is a special variety of Camellia Sinesis (tea) that can grow at very high elevations, the fog or clouds present high in the mountains make for excellent growing conditions for oolong, producing a fragrant and light creamy tea. Oolong is tea that is between green and black, closer to green, though it lacks the grassiness of green tea, nor does it have the rosy, sweet aroma of black tea. Some of the best comes from Taiwan. I remember being gifted with a quantity of special 'High Mountain Tea', from Taiwan, very good, with a very sweet flavour, you got a kind of 'numbness' at the back of the teeth when you drank it. Now, this is definitely high mountain tea, and very flavourful, but not the same quality of that wonderful tea. And where did I get it? At Zen Gardens, an excellent vegetarian restaurant, specifically at their Mississauga location, which I find not so good as their Cambridge location.

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