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I had a panic moment at first when I poured in the water. “Shoot!”, I thought, “I forgot this has oolong in it too,” because I’d just poured 200 degree water over the leaves. I only have this as a sample size, and I’m making a big enough cup that I just dumped the lot into my infuser.
Worried I’d just scalded half the leaves in my cup, I looked up other tasting notes and was relieved to see that everyone else seems to have done either 200 degree or boiling water too. Phew.

The liquor is very pale. Taking a sip now, all I taste is … oolong. lol. No laoshan black, no chocolate, no toasted rice, just oolong. Which isn’t bad, I like oolong. The oolong used in this blend is one I’ve been wanting to try. But I kinda hoped to taste the aforementioned too. I’m wondering if maybe my sample wasn’t balanced enough with the other ingredients? None of the wet leaves look like Laoshan Black leaves really, and after drinking 8oz of that in a month and a half, I definitely know what they look like! xD

So erm, yeah. Enjoying the cup, even though it’s totally not what I was anticipating. (Again, I like oolong) I’m thinking I might grab a pouch of this on my next Verdant order to be safe though. I really think my sample might not have been balanced. The oolong is much gentler than a cup of Laoshan Black, so I’d imagine it’d overpower the oolong if anything, but I don’t taste it at all. Withholding rating until I’ve tried this another time.

(at least it’s not peppery ;) )

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tealizzy

Wow! That’s a bummer! I hope you get to try it with a better sample!

CHAroma

I had a very similar experience with this tea.

Chizakura

Oh really? Darn. I was hoping it was just bad luck with a sample. My Verdant order (which included an ounce of this) just came in a few minutes ago so I was hoping for a better experience with it. Fingers still crossed!

CHAroma

I just posted a note about it. I don’t enjoy Wuyi oolongs much though, so that may have biased my experience. I hope you have a better go with it this time!

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Tealizzy

Wow! That’s a bummer! I hope you get to try it with a better sample!

CHAroma

I had a very similar experience with this tea.

Chizakura

Oh really? Darn. I was hoping it was just bad luck with a sample. My Verdant order (which included an ounce of this) just came in a few minutes ago so I was hoping for a better experience with it. Fingers still crossed!

CHAroma

I just posted a note about it. I don’t enjoy Wuyi oolongs much though, so that may have biased my experience. I hope you have a better go with it this time!

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Hello! I’m a 24 year old Canadian, currently working at Starbucks while I figure out what I want to do with myself in life, haha.

Like most everyone else, I grew up with teabags, and then discovered the grass really WAS greener on the other side with loose leaf. Nowadays I drink nearly exclusively loose, but will drink a bagged tea if I don’t care what I’m having.

My favorite kind of tea is black, and unflavored, although I do enjoy an occasional dessert black. I like whites second best. I’ve recently been dipping my toes into honeybush tisanes, greens and oolongs.

My favorite vendors are Butiki Teas and Verdant Teas. Both have fantastic teas, above and beyond customer service (especially Butiki), and fair prices for their very high quality teas. I can’t recommend them enough.

Purely for tasting notes references, I don’t use any additives for my teas. Older tasting notes for blacks was with milk+sugar, and then with just milk. Whites, oolongs, greens and herbals are all drunk straight unless otherwise specified in the notes.

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