This is the first tea I’m trying from my Secret Santa Ross Duff!!! I am excited to try this one – I love the fact that the leaves are from tea trees from the 1930s, and that it was roasted in a traditional (fascinating!) manner! Read the description if you get a chance :) I decided to brew it in a Western style because I have my brewing mug with me but not my wee oolong pot.

First sip: Interesting! I’ve never had a tea which tastes so fruity yet so roasted at the same time! I also taste a subtle flavor that is almost like a pina colada! That creamy pineappley coconutty flavor – after I swallow. This tea has a lovely, long finish! I am astonished by this tropical note! I finished this cup so quickly!

The second steep is rounder and more put together. A little less roasted, a little sweeter, less dramatic. I really couldn’t tell you which I prefer! I haven’t done a lick of work yet because I’m so entranced by the complexity of this tea! Uh oh!

I expect to be enjoying this one for at least two more steeps! I’ll edit this note to let you all know what I tasted :) I am so glad I got a chance to try such a unique tea, Ross. You’ve inspired me to seek out some medium to dark oolongs for my tea cabinet – I love them and hardly have any. Thank you again!

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.



I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes


Collingswood, NJ



Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer