Tea Review: Piacha’s Shui Xian Oolong

November 9, 2015 in Oolong Tea / Tea Review

“Piacha means ‘drinking tea’, but in our case it also means Pia’s tea – being founded by Pia, a tea enthusiast ex-lawyer with a background in technology and passion for food, design and healthy lifestyle. The resulting Piacha range of teas and blends has something for everyone, from the demanding tea connoisseur to anyone with a curiosity and appreciation for good food and superb flavours.” Here is one of their great oolong teas to explore.


Country of Origin: Fujian province of China

Ingredients: Shui Xian loose leaf

Water Temperature: 80 degrees Celsius

Steep Time: 2 minutes


Dry Leaf: Very dark brown, almost black, with hints of sweet vanilla and smoky aroma.

Wet Leaf: Mixed shades of brown with soft roasted notes and a creamy vanilla aroma continues to linger.

Liquor: Dark amber with similar aroma to both the dry and wet leaves, but stronger roasted notes.

First Sip Thought: “A creamy, caramelized dessert.”

Tasting Notes: Being a huge fan of darker oolongs, I managed to find a way to go into this tea tasting with an open mindset. Throughout the entire tasting I kept trying to pin down what dessert the steeps were making me think of. This strong and full-bodied oolong tea provided me with subtle fruity notes for the first infusion. The sweetness can easily be coming from those notes, however, a caramelized flavour is also being picked up here.  As the steeps increased, I was beginning to feel hints of honey and a buttery texture that almost overtook the roasted notes. With all these flavours slowly coming together, it eventually hit me that this shui xian oolong has characteristics that are reminding me of a delightful creme brulee dessert.



*Interested in this tea? You can find it online here.

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