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iN-TEA wen shan bao zhong

March 11, 2010

iN-TEA is the premier tea lounge and retail shop in Littleton, Colorado. They have some fabulous teas including the Milk Reserve Oolong that I tried recently, which has proven to be one of my absolute favorite teas. This is my first time trying Wen Shan Bao Zhong, and I am thoroughly excited to do so.

Dry, the leaf consists of long, loosely rolled leaves. The fragrance is inviting, a mix of floral and vegetal notes and a slight earthy, nutty tone. The infusion is light yellow and smells of freshly picked flowers and ocean breeze.

I know it sounds crazy and I might be going out on a limb here, but the initial taste was slighly cinnamon-y. With the tiniest hint of warming spices (reminiscent of pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice), the first sip surprised me. It’s also highly floral with a long, sweet, pleasant finish. I am picking up on a strong orchid-like characteristic, as is so common in many oolongs, as well as lilac and a subtle milky note.

Really, really beautiful.

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  1. March 13, 2010 1:50 am

    I love this review Cortney – your descriptions of the taste were so interesting, it was a story of the taste devloping – I could almost taste the tea myself! & certainly wanted to rush out and find some! Your photo’s are also really lovely. I am inspired to find some of this stuff here in the UK – wherre is the question, as ironically, I think we’re loosing our way in quality tea, gasp, shock, horror – also have you as a link on my blog front page so hope that drives some traffic to your wonderful reviews, all the best, k

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