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Second tea of the morning….. (SRP #40)

We finally have weather cool enough that I am craving oolong. I still don’t know how all of that works for me, but I seem to be craving green and oolong tea less with the warmer weather. I guess it is that I crave iced tea, and for me that is usually a black tea. I blame my midwestern upbringing on that one. At least I have moved beyond Lipton Instant…or Lipton sun tea. Maybe there is still hope in that I can move beyond the black teas for iced….. After all, this is a journey, and my tastes have all ready changed a little.

My sample was purchased. The leaves are tight bright green pellets. The scent of the dry tea is of cream and butter. I am pretty sure I am going to like this one better than the unflavored. The liquor is a golden yellow, and really a little deeper than I expected. The leaves brew up absolutely huge. The scent of the brewed tea is of cream and butter, again, with a hint of something very lightly floral. I definitely like this better than the unflavored version. If I am ever in the market for a milk oolong again, this will be the one I purchase. It is still not quite as good as the Milk Oolong from American Tearoom, but then I am not willing to get a second mortgage on my house to buy tea (meaning it is way too expensive a tea that is not in my absolute favorite type.) This one is very good and a great value at around $11 for 100g. For comparison, the other is $60 for the same weight and it has a Tie Kwan Yin base.

Usual mug method for 2 minutes, no additions. I followed the brewing parameters on the label.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’m pretty sure their Milk Oolong is natural and not artificially flavored.

SimplyJenW

ATR’s should be natural at that price. However, the flavor difference is in no way worth the price difference for me at this stage in my journey.

ashmanra

I got a sample of this one, but Teavivre also has an unflavored milk oolong that I want to try! I take it you have had it already.

SimplyJenW

I think I have had the unflavored one. It is kind of funny. I asked for a sample of it in one of my early orders before they started adding labels to the 5 gram manufacturer’s packaging. I got two red packages and tried one.. definitely oolongy and slightly milky. I think it is the unflavored milk oolong, but I can’t read Chinese….so I have not reviewed that one because I am not 100% sure what it is. I did like this better, though!

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ScottTeaMan

I’m pretty sure their Milk Oolong is natural and not artificially flavored.

SimplyJenW

ATR’s should be natural at that price. However, the flavor difference is in no way worth the price difference for me at this stage in my journey.

ashmanra

I got a sample of this one, but Teavivre also has an unflavored milk oolong that I want to try! I take it you have had it already.

SimplyJenW

I think I have had the unflavored one. It is kind of funny. I asked for a sample of it in one of my early orders before they started adding labels to the 5 gram manufacturer’s packaging. I got two red packages and tried one.. definitely oolongy and slightly milky. I think it is the unflavored milk oolong, but I can’t read Chinese….so I have not reviewed that one because I am not 100% sure what it is. I did like this better, though!

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Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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