152 Tasting Notes

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.

Preparation
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.

Preparation
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.

Preparation
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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84

This is one of the better green teas I have had over the Summer. No harshness or nasty grassy flavors here. It passes the girlfriend test (she is hard to impress when it comes to tea)…she wanted more when the cup was empty. Has a mild pleasant taste that is hard to describe (chestnut-like maybe?). I am surprisingly getting some fleeting notes that remind me of cinnamon or nutmeg. I think I prefer this to the dragonwells I have tried, will have to drink more to be sure.

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Garret

Thanks for the writeup on the Valley Peak! I had the pleasure of visiting the farm where this tea is grown last April. So wonderful! Will be there again next April and will get some video to add to our site and facebook page so everyone can see how great it is. I really like to get teas from clean and pure growing areas and this one is no exception. I don’t source Dragonwell because after visiting the area, I felt like I had been smoked out, the pollution was so bad because of neighboring factory cities. This Valley Peak is grown in a whole different place… can’t wait to go back! And I’m really happy your girlfriend asked for more :) Thank you, once again, for writing this up!

El Monstro

Thanks for the background on the tea, the trips to China (minus the pollution part) sound awesome.

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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
152 tasting notes

Smells amazing in the bag, I can’t stop sniffing the dry leaves. Smells like a fresh spring garden combined with a peach orchard, or grove of osmanthus trees. The flavors I am getting are similar. It tastes like an oolong leaning towards the green side, with clean, lightly peach-like flavor. It kind of reminds me of the mild sweetness I get out of wheat-grass as well.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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86

We keep a big bag of this around as a daily drinker. I find this is about as good as many of the more expensive, fancy greens I’ve tried. I get the traditional gunpowder green tea flavor, plus I get some mineral-like notes, and a very subtle toasty taste. Even when other people in my house steep this for way too long, it still remains pretty smooth drinking, unlike some other types of green tea that are out there. This is a straight forward, great bang-for-the-buck (especially for organic) green tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

One of the people I live with brought some of this home, and I have been enjoying it quite a bit… hot or cold. It is strong and malty tasting, yet smooth (always a good combination). This is one of those teas that is good for every day drinking. This box of tea came with bags, not sure if this is available in loose leaf or not.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I’m basically a bum with gourmet taste.
I’ve been drinking tea since I was a youngin’, 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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