705 Tasting Notes

drank Osmanthus Oolong by Tea Ave
705 tasting notes

Ever since Tea Ave sent their amazing samples for review, I was eagerly awaiting their online store opening. That day, I placed a good-sized order with them, including 6 oolongs, 4 of which I hadn’t tried yet, and two tins. My order came in 2 days! Warp speed oolong! In addition, Tea Ave added some free goodies, including a couple extra tins. Awesome, right?! I knew I wanted to put the Wenshan Boachong and Ginger Lily oolongs in my tins, but I thought I’d wait until I tried the other oolongs to see whether they deserved the tin treatment. ;)

This one may have earned a tin. Seriously.

I’ve never had an osmanthus flavored tea before….I didn’t even know what osmanthus was! Apparently it’s a flower and its scent is likened to an apricot or peach. I used a small amount of leaf, about 3g, which is smaller than Tea Ave recommends for gong fu brewing, but it resulted in deliciousness with their samples, so I’m gonna stick with it!

Omg, it smells like peaches and brown sugar! It tastes like peaches and brown sugar! Like a peach crisp! I might be in heaven right now! Slightly juicy in texture. Not in your face flavor, but subtle and delicate. The sweet juiciness sneaks up on you, playing with your tongue between the middle and the end of the sip. It’s a little vegetal and a little floral. The peach flavor lingers in your mouth after you’re done sipping. Delicious! Another winner, but I’m not surprised. :)

Ubacat

I ordered that one too and yet haven’t tried it. It’s getting such good reviews, I just had to get it. Can’t wait for my order!

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I’ve been craving this tea ever since I had it the first time and I finally got around to enjoying another session with it. It has to be one of my favorite shengs. It has a delicious grilled taste with a buttery feel, and after many infusions, a nice sweet peach note pops out. Amazing! I was actually enjoying it with my lunch, and the flavor still popped. I like it so much I looked on Jalam’s website to see if I could get more, but alas, they are sold out. Bummer! I will have to savor the rest of what I have because it is really delicious!!!

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I had a nice session with this tea today while working. I used 6g and 194 degree water. The initial steeps were very nice with a smooth, slightly sweet tobacco flavor. It’s funny how much I like that smokiness in sheng. Would have never thought I’d like that! Anyway, as I steeped it out, I got some slight bitterness, which always reminds me of that artichoke vegetal bitterness, and then it mellowed out. It didn’t get as sweet as I like in later steepings, but the first few steeps were good enough for me to want to drink it again. This is a super young sheng, so maybe the sweetness will develop with time.

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I was looking through my cupboard this morning for a black tea to gong fu-brew and I found that I still had some of this sample! Woo! Again, this is amazingly fruity! Plum delicious! See what I did there?! Ha! Seriously though, it’s probably the best fruity black tea I’ve had and I definitely want to pick up more at some point!

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I really like this. With a little honey, it’s the perfect nighttime tea. Really can’t taste the rooibos at all, which is a good thing, and the mint is not too strong. Really nice blend. :)

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Sipdown! And a sad one at that because with the last of my leaf, I discovered that I love this one gong fu-brewed. Oh well, at least I was able to savor the last of this delicious tea. It was awesome that the raspberry and cashew lasted for several steepings.

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This tea is awesome! Enjoyed a great session with it again today…my second time! We were watching Game of Thrones. ;) This tea was a great accompaniment! I love the creamy mushroom flavor and mouthfeel! This is a really a special tea to savor.

Lariel of Lórien

It should go better with the second Hobbit movie. ;)

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Sipdown! And that’s the end of this one. Gong fu-brewed it today and it was lovely: a little smoky, a little fruity, with some honey and cocoa. I would definitely pick up more!

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So, my mom picked this up for both of us and then read reviews and was worried that it might be awful, but it’s actually pretty good! I followed her recommendations, based on what she read: 2 teabags (I used a 12 oz. mug), add milk and sugar. It tasted like a strawberry milkshake. No real chocolate to be found, but hey, that’s still pretty good for a rooibos. Yes, there was some rooibos flavor, but it wasn’t too strong. Oh, and 5 minutes does the trick. Glad to have another caffeine-free option in my cupboard. Thanks to my mom!

Dkcox50

Seems pretty pleasant but will have to try the two bag version next time. I used one bag with about 6oz water, milk and sugar.

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Thanks to SLL for the sample! This is a very unique oolong. It tastes grainy, buttery, with a hint of honey, which makes me think of cream of wheat. Unfortunately, both times I tried it, There was an unpleasant chlorine aroma. I thought maybe it was a fluke the first time, but it showed up again, and I don’t detect that aroma when I drink other oolongs. Kind of a bummer, since the other flavor notes are so nice. Oh well, can’t like them all!

Kittenna

Chlorine aroma makes me gag. Sometimes it’s from the water, but it sounds like in this case, perhaps the tea was contaminated somehow? Idk. Gross, either way.

Tealizzy

Kittenna – Ya, I thought it might be the water, so that’s why I tried it again, but the same thing happened and I don’t have that problem with other teas. Weird.

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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