156 Tasting Notes

84

Brewing this up using the western method tonight.
First steep is floral, nutty, and has a smooth, pleasant mouthfeel that reminds me of milk oolong.
Second steep is pretty similar, although it is starting to get slightly more vegetal tasting.

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

Tastes and smells mostly vegetal to me, with some sweet buttery notes in the background. A hint of floralness in here as well. Has a lingering sweet aftertaste that I found quite enjoyable. Great tea, I wish it was a little less pricey though.

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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88

This is a quite floral smelling and tasting oolong on the first steep (in a good way). On the second steep it balances out more with earthy/minerally notes. I originally only intended to have one mug of this while watching a movie, but I was enjoying it and drinking it down so fast, I kept pausing the movie to go make more.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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80
Tastes almost like an Indian tea to me, pretty unique oolong. I guess the best way I would describe it would be sort of like ripened green grapes, without the sourness grapes have. Kind of chocolatey-like. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel.
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

I drank this with a smorgasbord of Korean and Vietnamese food tonight, which was a nice pairing with the tea. Smell and taste reminds me of mineral/hot rock, which is something I always enjoy in oolong teas. It looks to be priced decently, so I’d probably order it again. Later steepings are bringing out some misc. herb-like notes.

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88

I brewed this western style. My experience so far is it’s mostly floral smelling and tasting, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. This was just a sample size, but I’ll probably put in a bigger order for it in the future, good tea.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88

While brewing in the cup this smells like hot rocks/minerals, also vegetal (boiled greens), maybe even like roasted butter? Some floral aroma is in the background. The taste I am getting is basically the same, with the vegetal scents coming through in the fore-front. I have had green teas before that had a buttery taste to them that I am fond of, but this is the first time I have tasted similar notes in an oolong. There is also a slight honeyesque sweetness I am getting on finish. Pretty complex. I like it.

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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90

The little bundled up leaves look neat in the bag, a contrast between bright green and dark. Smells very fresh and floral while steeping, the leaves really expand while they warm up. Taste wise this is pretty floral, leaning towards lavender for me. This is one of the better “green” or lightly oxidized oolong teas I have tried thus far; drinking it is an enjoyable experience.

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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88

Ahhhhh yeah…it seems like it’s been awhile since I had a dian hong, which is probably my favorite kind of tea. Smells like fruit preserves, maybe a hint of molasses, and sweet potato both pre-steep and after. Taste reminds me mostly of sweet potato and honey. Very smooth drinking, which is no surprise.

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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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89

Smells and tastes somewhat like a nice Dian Hong (Yunnan) tea to me. I am getting some sweet potato like notes, but it is also rich and malty. Usually I don’t like drinking tea with meals, but this tea was great with nachos…

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a whipper-snapper, as a way of relaxing before bed. I ventured out from bagged, mass produced tea when I tried some loose leaf Earl Grey at the old man’s house years back. I’m still not too proud for the occasional bagged stuff, saving my snobbery for hard to find craft beer.

I gravitate towards Chinese black-tea varieties, Japanese greens, unflavored oolongs from wherever, and the occasional “I cant sleep” type of herbal teas. I signed up so I can keep track of the teas I’ve tried, and what I want to keep in my cupboard on the regular.

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