806 Tasting Notes

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I love the story behing monkey picked oolong. Although I am sure that monkeys never picked this oolong, I am going to continue to believe it!

This oolong is sweet and floral, almost jasmine smelling. It also tastes sweet and floral. There is a slight creamy taste to it, but not the same as milk oolong.

Delicious.

I only used 1 tsp.

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

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95

The dry leaves of this oolong are dark, but you can see white bits (which I presume are the tips). The leaves are also more clumped together.

The tea liquor is dark, brown with a light reddish tinge. It smells roasted, a bit nutty, and there is still a slight green tea vegetal scent.

The taste is sweet, roasted, nutty, delicious.

I only used 1 tsp.

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

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98

Oo-oo-oolong. This is an awesome oolong.

The leaves are rolled into small balls and are a dark jade colour. Very little smell to the dry leaves.

Brewed there is a jasmine/floral smell. The tea liquor is bright yellow. It tastes clean, slightly flowery, some sweetness to it. No vegetal taste to this one. I used 1 tsp for 10 oz so it feels light.

This is one of the best oolongs I have tried. I recommend it to anyone interested in oolong or those who already like oolong.

I only used 1 tsp.

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

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93

The dry tea has hardly any smell. I think I am detected a smell similar to dried milk protein. While steep the tea leaves unfurl beautifully.

The brewed tea is a bright yellow colour. Has a slight vegetal green tea smell. There seems to also be a flowery or jasmine smell to the tea.

The tea tastes vegetal, creamy, milky, there is a sweet and very slight, almost spicey taste to it. Very minimal aftertaste, mouth-drying, but not astringent.

I only used 1 tsp for 8 oz (instead of recommended 3-4tsp) and I think that was strong enough for my liking.

Definitely enjoy milk oolongs.

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

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68

The dry tea looks like small, dark green nuggets. The smell is strongly vegetal green tea. I am getting a hint of the ginseng.

On brewing, the smell is very strong also. Moreso green tea than oolong. The tea brews a solid dark yellow colour.

The initial taste is vegetal green tea. It is smooth and thick. There is a little kick of ginseng towards the end of the sip. It gets sweeter the longer it sits. It gives a great warming sensation.

The nuggets of this tea only barely unfurled on the first steep. There are many more steeps to get out of them I think. I steeped for 1 minute the first time, but I think I would go less time and do more steeps on subsequent tastings. There is a ginseng type aftertaste that lingers for a long time.

I have found that I quite like oolong teas and am attempting to try many different kinds. I am finding I like my oolong a bit more oxidized, more towards black than green.

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

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85

Free sample from Teavivre

This dry tea smells so beautiful. It has a pleasant jasmine scent. The downy jasmine balls are perfectly rolled, all uniform, beautiful colouring. As they are brewed they unfurl perfectly. There is a slight downy look to each ball which makes me think of recently hatched chicks. So cute…can tea be cute?

The smell of the brewed tea is very strong jasmine. I was a bit worried because the scent was so strong. The colour of the liquor is a dark golden colour with a tinge of pink.

The taste of the tea is wonderful. There is a jasmine taste but certainly not as strong as the smell.

This is a great tea for the appearance, the smell, and the taste.

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

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88

Free sample from Teavivre.

Immediately upon opening the package, the smells of this tea hits you in the face. It smelles like buttery, green tea.

The smell of the brewing tea is delicious. Buttery and creamy notes. Slight hint of salt and sweet. Also the faint smell of roasted nuts.

The tea liqour is thick and heavy, feels weight-y in my mouth. Tastes like buttery, creamy green tea. There is slight salty flavour. Reminds me very much of a sencha.

As it cools there is a more roasted nut flavour, and definitely becomes more sweet.

I brewed for 1 min. I like my greens a bit lighter, so next time will brew for 30-45 sec.

This is my first dragon well and I am very impressed.

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

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91
drank Miz by Nina's Paris
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Thank you to Laurent and Sophie from Nina’s Paris USA for this sample.

Dry tea smells like buttery, vegetal green tea with cherry flavor. There are flower petals mixed in with the green tea.

As the tea brews, the green tea and flower petals unfurl. Nina’s Paris tea is so beautiful to watch while brewing.

The smell of the tea is like sweet candied cherries.

The tea tastes like a mild green tea vegetal base. There is a sweet , candy, cherry taste. There is not much flowery taste, but I think the flower blunts the taste of the cherry. This tea is much less tart then similar teas of different brands. I actually quite like this as it is less artificial tasting with the cherry flavor. There is a slight peppery finish to the tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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Thank you to Laurent and Sophie from Nina’s Paris USA for this free sample. It only took 23 days to get to me. The anticipation was killing me.

The dry tea smells very flowery and perfumey. There are small yellow flower petals mixed throughout the black tea.

The brewed tea smells very flowery but no so much of a perfume smell, more like a natural rose scent. There is a slight sweet vegetal smell. The yellow petals have unfurled and float in the liquor. Looks beautiful.
The tea tastes slightly sweet, some rose flavor but not overpowering. The sweetness comes from an apple flavor, its very light. Reminds me of smelling the ripe red apples at a fruit stand. Smooth and creamy. This tea feels very luxurious and I can totally understand why it is named after Marie Antoinette. I would not necessarily drink this tea in the morning, it feels like more of an afternoon tea.

Definitely going on the shopping list.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Waterlilies Fruit Tea by Teavivre
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I received this as a sample from Teavivre. Like most of the other tasting notes, I find this tea quite heavy on the hibiscus. I generally don’t mind some hibiscus, but this is just a bit too much for me.

This tea brewed up a beautiful maroon colour.

The tea does have a fruity flavour, it is tart, but not bitter. Not terribly sweet. I could have added some sweetener but was honestly too lazy to get up and get the sweetener.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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