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Oolong has not so far been my thing, but I’m willing to have my mind changed. I think that’s why I keep trying them – I know there must be one for me out there somewhere! Before now, I’ve only read about milk oolongs on here, but I’ve been curious to try one for a while now. Thanks to Sil, I finally have the chance!

The leaves of this one are intriguing. They’re rolled, I think, are roughly round, and a mottled green in colour with both light and darker patches. Once in my infuser, they unfurl pretty quickly, which is actually an enjoyable process to watch. I’ve just arrived at work, so I’m obviously easily distracted. There being 130 emails in my inbox isn’t helping on that front.

Brewed, the leaves actually smell pretty amazing. There’s a vegetal scent, as I might have expected from a green tea, but there’s also a very floral, faintly sweet overtone that I’m very encouraged by. I’ve never experienced this with an oolong before! I guess it’s what I was hoping they might be like, but instead have always found them quite bitter and mineral-tasting. The liquor is a golden yellow-brown.

I will admit to being a little apprehensive about this before taking my first sip, but I needn’t have been. I think I’ve finally found my kind of oolong! There’s no trace of bitterness at all – it’s smooth, sweet, slightly floral, and with a wonderful milky creaminess. I’m not sure whether it’s specifically orchid I can taste, but if it is, then orchid is a flavour I like. Who’d have thought it? I could happily drink this all day – it’s the complete opposite of what I was expecting, and, thankfully, has blown my preconceptions about oolongs out of the water.

Many, many thanks to Sil for finding me an oolong I can get behind!

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200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

Oh i’m glad you like this! you’ll probably like milk oolongs as a general GREEN oolong type. Organis sparrow tongue from butiki is also really nice as far as green oolongs, but it’s not creamy. it’s for sure more of a green taste. Also…i’ll try to see if there are darker roasted oolongs that i can suggest that you might like since you might be sort of like me in terms of “oolongs” (they’re mostly oo-wrong)

Scheherazade

I’ve got a little bag of Organic Sparrow Tongue in my cupboard at the moment, so I’ll give that a try next. I’m really not an oolong person in general, though, so this one really took me by surprise! It’s a good thing — I’d really like to be able to enjoy oolongs, and now I know it’s just a case of finding the right one :)

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Sil

Oh i’m glad you like this! you’ll probably like milk oolongs as a general GREEN oolong type. Organis sparrow tongue from butiki is also really nice as far as green oolongs, but it’s not creamy. it’s for sure more of a green taste. Also…i’ll try to see if there are darker roasted oolongs that i can suggest that you might like since you might be sort of like me in terms of “oolongs” (they’re mostly oo-wrong)

Scheherazade

I’ve got a little bag of Organic Sparrow Tongue in my cupboard at the moment, so I’ll give that a try next. I’m really not an oolong person in general, though, so this one really took me by surprise! It’s a good thing — I’d really like to be able to enjoy oolongs, and now I know it’s just a case of finding the right one :)

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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