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Teavivre’s Jin Xuan Milk Tea is another kind of fine classic Taiwan Oolong. It belongs to a category of tea often called “Milk Oolong”. However, this Jin Xuan Milk Oolong is special and unique because its milky aroma is natural, it is not manually added milk when process as other milk teas. The first three infusion of this tea will have slight milky scent, whereas this scent will gradually reduce for the next cups.
Our Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea is analysed in accordance with the requirements of regulation (EC) 396/2005 (regulation on maximum residue levels in food and feed) in its currently valid version.
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Jin Xuan is a special variety of Camellia Sinesis (tea plant) developed through research at the Taiwan Tea Agricultural Research center. This special variety is known for producing Oolong with a unique spring floral fragrance and a creaminess undertone, which makes it exceptionally popular. Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong brings one of the great locations for growing Oolong tea together with one of the special Oolong varieties, Jin Xuan. The loosely balled leaves unfurl to yield a highly aromatic, smooth and mellow light-bodied infusion with sweet cream and floral notes. The creamy notes in this tea are a result of the tea varietals, where it is grown, and how the leaves are processed - there are no flavors added to this tea.
The substance in the tea helps to prevent the decaying of teeth and halting the plaque build-up and also reduce the growth of glucosyltransferase. Polyphenolic compounds in Jin Xuan Oolong can prevent overall oxidise, and Purine alkaloids have the function of clear free radicals, so that it can have effect of preventing aging.
Jin Xuan oolong tea was developed in the 1980s and has white specks in the leaves. The leaves of Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong Tea are grown in the famous A-Li Mountains in Taiwan. At the elevation of 1000 to 1600 meters, the mountainsides are covered with fog or clouds which are ideal for growing Oolong.
In 1950 the Taiwan scholar Wu Zhenyi cultivated the Jin Xuan cultivar by using the “No.8 Tai Nong”and “Ying Zhi Hong Xin” tea tree variety. During the following 30 years, Wu Zhenyi choose the best Jin Xuan cultivar by many tests and was later named “No.12 Tai Cha”. In 1981 the Jin Xuan Tea was formally extended. As it is good source for producing best Taiwan teas, it caught many tea farmers’ attention and make it widely planted.
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I am a fan of taiwanese oolong, but this is my first time trying milk oolong. I couldnt feel the milk taste on the first sip. But the second sip left a milky aftertaste that is creamy and packed with bunch of umami. Have a light and crisp body. Nicely balanced, will re-order.
I love the smell and taste of the Jin Xuan Milk Oolong. One of my favorites
This one is an actual milk oolong, and the milk flavor is in the leaf growing process and not actually flavored with something artificial. I know this because this one is called a Jin Xuan and not just ‘milk oolong’. Teavivre’s instructions are for 212 degrees, 2-3 teaspoons with a rinse and then 1,2,3 minute steep times. One sample package had about two teaspoons (honestly if I used three teaspoons, the unfurled leaves would have been pouring out of the brew basket!) Steep #1 // few minutes after boiling // 1 min It’s new to me that boiling will not burn an oolong. It certainly doesn’t ruin this one. I just thought it would be more like green tea and less like black tea. Steep times and temps seem to be the most different with oolongs. The dry leaves are so bright green and actually smell like vegetables. The steep color is a light butter yellow and the main flavor profile is the same. It isn’t floral, fruity or vegetal — it is sweet, creamy, butter. Less like milk, but when it is an ACTUAL milk oolong and not flavored as such artificially, it doesn’t have as strong of a milk flavor. Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 2 min More delicious butter! That is still the main flavor profile. So so good. I love the different flavor profiles that oolongs have. I’m surprised this cup stayed so similar to the first cup, since oolongs usually change. The bottom of this mug tasted like cream, even cold! Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min This one seemed a touch too bitter, less butter, though it was still drinkable. It tasted more like orchids this time! I would have went two and a half minutes for this steep. This tea is lovely!
This one definitely has more of a buttery/creamy smell to it than the Yezi Jin Xuan I just had. It also has quite a distinct taste from other Taiwanese oolongs, namely it isn’t as floral and has more of a creamy character that grows with each sip, and a very light sweetness playing around the edges. Still really enjoy this one, and it’s still my favorite Jin Xuan so far. This review was originally published on Steepster by Dinosara in October, 2013. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Dinosara.
This oolong has very nice, lightly sweet, "round" taste with very subtle creamy aftertaste (not directly milk). I, normally, use small gaiwan for preparing it and enjoy it a lot. Very good, morning tea, as for me — soft and clear.
I’d been waiting for this Milk Oolong! The perfect ending to a lovely day would be this tea. The Pour: Elegant and light, full of the most beautiful luscious flavor on my first tenuous sip. (I had no idea what the meaning of the milk part would be. Creaminess? Milk flavor? I still don’t know what that means. I didn’t taste anything like milk.) If you took the most fragrant flowers (gardenia, vanilla, jasmine, orchid) and made them into a light and creamy dessert without any perfumey harshness, that would be the taste in this tea. There was a flavor surge, right after the first liquor passed my lips… a wave… almost immediately followed by endless creaminess and richness. As the tea cooled the thickness and creaminess increased making me lick my lips and look to the bottom of my cup anxious for more, needing more like a tea addict.(Oh yes we all know about this!) No way would I want to share this pot of tea with anyone tonight(but maybe with you). I want it all to myself(really). Every drop was dripping heavily with nectar-like creamy goodness. As smooth as fine silk sheets…a luxury tea to dream with. No,no I was not tea drunk…wish I was with this tea though… It was delightful. Thank you Teavivre for the perfect tea for completing my day! This review was originally published on Steepster by Bonnie in May, 2012. TeaVivre add this whole review here by getting permission from Bonnie.
I bought 200g.becauses others have said it tastes milky. when i opened the bag, it wasn't extremely scented compared to what some have stated. i had trouble brewing this tea since i have no choice of a 32ounce teapot, yet the tea didn't taste milky because its not flavored with milks nor smelled of it. To me i had some tasting notes of roasted sweetness. it tasted like Oolong. it may increase milkiness by each steep. I'm still a novice at Tea and should of listened to others about buying multiple samples instead of buying so much of one strain of tea. I was disappointed by the tea not meeting my expectations of milk but its still a great tasting oolong. I'd say it's more of a White Oolong tea. I thought i saw hairs in the yellow liquid or i'm just crazy? So i served the tea to some of my family members and they thought it was Good. just good, no other details. i gave a cup to my Grandma and she had some trouble digesting it, so she had to go stay at the hospital for two days. now she refuses to drink my teas until her system gets better. Feels bad man. TeaVivre: Hi Larry, we are sorry to hear that your Grandma is ill. Hope she is better now. In fact, it is not suggested for old people to drink tea. Because usually, old people has weak stomach, and may often has trouble with digestion. But some teas, like green tea and oolong tea, as they are not fermented, or just lightly fermented, contain more contents of tea polyphenols, which is slightly stimulating for stomach. So, for the elderly, it's better not to drink tea, or only drink light black tea or ripe pu-erh tea. Hope this would be helpful. :)
The more I try this, I appreciate this for its value in cost and taste. I believe this is a good quality Taiwanese milk oolong that is worthy as a staple tea. I add this to other teas when I want a smooth buttery accent and it shines when it is prepared cold. If you don't like the grassiness in green tea, give green oolongs a try because the light oxidation retains more antioxidants than darker oolongs.
Having tried other teas called Milk Oolong which were made with high elevation Chinese tea varieties, my opinion of this Jin Xuan Milk Oolong is biased toward its level of milky flavour. It is natural without additive flavouring and has a delightful vegetal thick mouthfeel. The fragrance of the dry leaves indicate no milky aroma and I need to use a lot of imagination to liken the liquor to condensed milk. I recommend anyone who wants a strong milk flavour to try several samples to establish your taste preference. This tea on its own merits is worthy of daily drinking. Definitely compare with the flavoured option because if that is your preference, the milky fragrance is much stronger in other teas. (I would rate this currently at 3.5 stars ).
Reply: For this Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea, it is Natural without adding any milk flavoring.
Reply: This Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea we selected is imported directly from Taiwan to Fujian, China. It is only one hour from Taiwan to Fujian, after the tea was imported, it was sent to The Tea Research Institute Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Quality Safety Analyzing lab of Agricultural Product to Analyze. So it shows the report is from China.
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