89 Tasting Notes

87

This ones almost gone. One more serving perhaps.
Flavor was a little more woody this time, less malty. I prefer the malty taste, so I might need to order a different brand next time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Keemun Xian Zhen by TeaSpring
89 tasting notes

A very smooth black tea. Dark brown color. No bitterness. The leaves were a similar color mixture as golden monkey, but smaller. No maltiness in the flavor however.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Geoffrey Norman

Haven’t heard of this type of Keemun before. How does it differ from Hao Ya and Mao Feng?

Kryptryx

No idea. Its the only Keemun I’ve tried. I was very pleased with it, and do intend to try others. When I can get some that is.

Geoffrey Norman

Canton Tea Co. puts out a killer Keemun. And Jing Tea puts out a Keemun Mao Feng. A company called Vicony Teas also puts out primarily Keemun. They tout in their bio that their family was there from Keemun’s very inception.

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drank Nai Xiang Oolong by TeaSpring
89 tasting notes

Somewhat dissapointed. The milky aroma is very slight, and brewed, hardly present. Not a good example of a milk oolong. Longer steeping may bring out more flavor, but maybe also more bitterness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80

Short steep. Tea still has good body, while very light in color. Very soothing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Geoffrey Norman

Is this the same as a pre-rain Dragon Well? I adore that stuff.

Kryptryx

No idea. The name comes from their web site. I’ve not heard of pre-rain.

Geoffrey Norman

No problem. I was just wondering. Qing Ming usually refers to a spring festival in China. Picking of tea leaves often takes place after. I had no idea if it correlated with rainfall or not, hence the query. :-)

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Wegmans
89 tasting notes

Had to try this. The leaves were very smoky, similar to a barbegue grill. The flavor of the brew less so. And I didn’t enjoy it. And I think it gave me a headache.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Kryptryx

Followed it up with some dragon well green tea, and it all went away.

Jaime

Sad that you got a headache from the tea! I wonder if it’s smokier than the LS that I drink…

Tabby

I can’t get into lapsang souchong either. :/

JacquelineM

I’ve been taking smoky baby steps but am still too much of an infant for lapsang :)

jenny wren

I love LS, but you can’t really think “tea” in your head when you drink it…I crave it on those nights I wish I was by the camp-fire under the stars.

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90

This time, there was a distint milky taste. Not as present as a milky oolong, but definite. More so as the tea cooled.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Jaime

I’ve got to get me some of this tea. All the reviews make it sound so good.

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100
drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
89 tasting notes

Broke the lid of my tea pot. Needed some Tea I could trust. This is the one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Jaime

So sorry to hear about the lid. Maybe it’s fixable? I’m going to also have to find a milk oolong to try; I keep reading such great reviews!

Kryptryx

It was glass. First my glass strainer, now the glass lid. The cosmos is telling me I need to upgrade my stuff.

Jaime

I wouldn’t argue with the cosmos, then.

Meghann M

I feel bad “liking” this. Hope you find a suitable replacement soon.

jenny wren

I also keep reading about milk oolong and it is making me very curious…

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87

Just to confirm, used water at 180. Not as good as boiling water. This oolong is a very dark brown, almost black. Maybe it does need to be treated as close to black tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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87

Tried more tea than usual. Improved the flavor. Delicious when cooled, but still warmer than room temperature.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Tung Ting by t Leaf T
89 tasting notes

I used extra tea, and a short steep. I let the brew cool a bit before tasting. The medium body had a very smooth texture. The taste floral and sweet. No bitterness. Bumping the rating.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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