For some reason oolongs have never been teas that I've fallen in love with. I've never quite understood why. They tend to have a Pinot Noir -like earthiness and fruitiness and a general aromatic quality that with my wine tastes I should like. It is, I guess as with Sauvignon Blanc and Sangiovese, one of these perplexing de gustibus....
matters that doesn't have a proper explanation, but only funny pseudo-explanations.
But thanks to CharlesTaylor of the UK wine forum, I did get to try one absolutely smashing Oolong and one rather fine Oolong.
Mi Lan Xiang
(Guangdong; it says "phoenix" oolong on the lable - no idea what that is?) was the absolutely smashing one: fresh, green, floral and vegetal scent. Fine tannins, fine fruit and great length. This was perfectly harmonious and such a delight to drink. A tea that I have fallen in love with.
White Tip Oolong
(Taiwan) was only very nice!
This was floral and orange-like as oolongs in my limited experience tend to be, but had that bread-like/yeasty note that I'm not too fond of. The palate was more full bodied than with the Mi Lan Xiang, but not as elegant. A nice tea that I'm happy to drink always, but not a tea that I would fall in love with.
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.