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Wow. I’m back home for the night, as Bec and Cara are out at the latest of the charity events Bec’s been organising. Of course I brought my Blue Lantern box with me, and decided not to feel guilty trying a new one without Cara. Now I’m not so sure about that lack of guilt because this was fantastic. I know nothing about oolongs, having only ever had 4 of them, 2 dan congs which I really didn’t like at all, and 2 others which were rather bland, if not tasteless. So no real expectations. Dry, this smelled pleasantly green, but brewed, the smell blew me away. At first I was thinking a cross between jasmine and honeysuckle, but then it seemed much closer to magnolia – the grandiflora variety and that because of the lemony lift to the sweet floral. (I am totally talking real tree here, not perfume!) What I found fascinating was how well the disconnect worked between the very fragrant floral aroma and the on the sweet side of green, rather than a full-on kaley green, but not floral taste. On my third cup now, and it’s every bit as delicious as the first.

This could be the way Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolongs always are, and everyone more tea-savvy will be going “well, duh!”, but I’m still ticked at the idea of an Iron Goddess’s bashful sister tea. sil, is this a floral-tea hater’s almost-floral tea? :) I’d love to send you some to try!

cteresa

If you get the chance try milky oolongs. I did not even particularly like milky oolongs, but it was a surprise! Well, Theodor´s fabulous milky oolong, which I went through really fast and turned out to be 15 euros very well spent and a bargain at the time – I will rebuy one of these days eventually, will send you some when I finally take that plunge!

No real milk involved at all.

Hallieod

You already got me intrigued by milky oolongs – or maybe just that milky oolong. I’ve been reading descriptions of a bunch of them, and loooot of variation. Well, that is stating the bl**dy obvious, I know!

Dexter3657

:(( I could have sent you a couple to try if I had known you were interested. Oh well might be an excuse to send you another box sometime. :)) Glad to see you back posting.

cteresa

It´s going to take me a while to take that plunge, since it will have to be a mail order and mail orders will have to be for a lot of things to make shipping worthwhile (or so my brain justifies itself!). But indeed I loved it – hoping I am not creating too much expectations!

Hallieod

Thanks to you both and no hurry on any milk oolongs! I’ve still got two other kinds of oolongs from this order to try – one a free sample. Seriously, 2 free samples, each 56g! One of those is the most expensive tea they sell, and a 56g free sample? Crazy generous!

Sil

hmmm sounds intriguing :) did i sent you any sloane oolong? or others? Probably not since you’re like me with that whole black tea thing but i can for sure send you some of that to try.

Hallieod

Eh, is “intriguing” code for possibly tempting or probably disgusting? :) You didn’t send me the Sloane oolong, and I’d love to try it, but no hurry at all. in fact, ‘no hurry’ is a ridiculous understatement!

Sil

Intriguing is yes ill try lol. :)

Hallieod

Excellent, sil! May be a while before I’m up to packaging and posting, but not TOO long a while.

Sil

No rush on my end. We ca. Always make a proper swap if you like since I’m sure there’s more that you’d like to try in my cupboard lol

Hallieod

Hee, might just be!

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cteresa

If you get the chance try milky oolongs. I did not even particularly like milky oolongs, but it was a surprise! Well, Theodor´s fabulous milky oolong, which I went through really fast and turned out to be 15 euros very well spent and a bargain at the time – I will rebuy one of these days eventually, will send you some when I finally take that plunge!

No real milk involved at all.

Hallieod

You already got me intrigued by milky oolongs – or maybe just that milky oolong. I’ve been reading descriptions of a bunch of them, and loooot of variation. Well, that is stating the bl**dy obvious, I know!

Dexter3657

:(( I could have sent you a couple to try if I had known you were interested. Oh well might be an excuse to send you another box sometime. :)) Glad to see you back posting.

cteresa

It´s going to take me a while to take that plunge, since it will have to be a mail order and mail orders will have to be for a lot of things to make shipping worthwhile (or so my brain justifies itself!). But indeed I loved it – hoping I am not creating too much expectations!

Hallieod

Thanks to you both and no hurry on any milk oolongs! I’ve still got two other kinds of oolongs from this order to try – one a free sample. Seriously, 2 free samples, each 56g! One of those is the most expensive tea they sell, and a 56g free sample? Crazy generous!

Sil

hmmm sounds intriguing :) did i sent you any sloane oolong? or others? Probably not since you’re like me with that whole black tea thing but i can for sure send you some of that to try.

Hallieod

Eh, is “intriguing” code for possibly tempting or probably disgusting? :) You didn’t send me the Sloane oolong, and I’d love to try it, but no hurry at all. in fact, ‘no hurry’ is a ridiculous understatement!

Sil

Intriguing is yes ill try lol. :)

Hallieod

Excellent, sil! May be a while before I’m up to packaging and posting, but not TOO long a while.

Sil

No rush on my end. We ca. Always make a proper swap if you like since I’m sure there’s more that you’d like to try in my cupboard lol

Hallieod

Hee, might just be!

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I’ve been drinking tea pretty much all my life, allowing for the fact that there probably was no tea in my baby-bottles. I gave it up twice, once when a then-boyfriend sneered at me for being addicted (okay, I was, but I was also stubborn enough to bear a week of the blinding headaches and overwhelming exhaustion that followed cold-turkey withdrawal), and once on my first pregnancy. Neither experience gave me any reason to believe a life without tea is a good life.

Having spent most of my younger days in Ireland, where tea is everywhere, and mostly it’s decent, I whined my way across the States in the 80s and first half of the 90s. Now back in Dublin, and the tea situation is a bit mixed, but there’s the internet to provide what nearby shops don’t!

I started drinking green and white teas as well as my staple black a good few years ago now, but have recently decided I need to LEARN something more about tea than the little I know.

My likes:
- strong black tea blends; some flavoured blacks, such as Earl Grey and a small (but growing) number of other fruit and flower-flavoured ones; and chai. (For some daft reason, I feel like a tea fraud drinking sweet chai at home, though I’ll happily drink it out.)

- Chinese greens (may update this when I’ve learned enough to be more specific); some flavoured greens, especially if they’re made by the fabulous Yumchaa; Genmaicha; getting to like Sencha, as long as it’s not too bitter.

- White tea, pretty much as long as it’s good quality, I like it. Some flavoured ones are nice, though it’s easy to overpower the more delicate taste of white.

- Rooibos, which I know, I know, isn’t properly ‘tea’. (As above for Yumchaa flavoured rooibos – some of my favourites.)

Dislikes:
- Any black tea made by someone who doesn’t know you need BOILING WATER. (See above about the Whining Years.)

- Hibiscus in fruit-flavoured teas. Looks so pretty! Tastes so awful!

I’m working on trying to like Hojicha, which isn’t going too well yet. Jane Pettigrew describes it as “biscuity”, but unless she’s eaten a lot of cigarette-flavoured biscuits in her time, I don’t get it.

- Aniseed in spiced teas. (Just discovered this one for the dislike list today, in an otherwise-tasty chai. Don’t like the tongue-numbing effect.)

Indecisive, despite being opinionated – okay, very opinionated – so may just add notes rather than rating.

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