335 Tasting Notes

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This is a fantastic Oolong tea which I unfortunately only get an adorable sample given by Adagio Breeze. thank you very much for sharing.

The Oriental Beauty teas come from Taiwan and are quite oxidized. Such oxidation is due to the presence of an insect, kind of tea leaves eater … in reaction, and for their protection, the leaves begin an intensive oxidation process.

At first glance, you think more of a black tea as an Oolong because the leaves are dark and long and not rolled like most oolongs. But Oriental Beauty are like that. It is therefore classic. The leaves of this one do not have a very strong scent, hard to decide about this tea at this stage.

I like the Oriental Beauty teas in general, but this one is especially tasty. May be less smooth than those I have tasted so far but with different and very harmonious fruit notes: apricot, peach, plum .. they are definitely there. Delicious. And Honey would you ask? There is also there as in any good Taiwanese tea.

This tea, in my opinion, is more lively in the mouth than other Oriental Beauty teas with more roundness and mellowness. This is another aspect of this type of tea that does not displease me.

A cup of tea I highly recommend.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Breakfast by Jardin d'Asie
335 tasting notes

Yes ! another new tea at the hotel I generally sleep near Aix en Provence. It was a sachet : lovely leaves in a pretty muslin. Quite neutral and pleasant taste, made to please the largest audience.
Not an high character tea but a nice cup to begin the day for sure !

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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78

Taiwanese tea I got from Sil, thank you Sil.
It has the classic notes : honey, fruit. The body is really light even very light. Not my favourite Taiwanese tea but a pleasant cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Jubilee by Fortnum & Mason
335 tasting notes

Thank you Adagio Breeze for this tea.
It is a little too mild for me but not a bad tea at all.
Very refreshing in those hot days here (36°c) and one of the few teas I am able to drink hot since 1 week.
It seems to be a straight tea but it is so much sweet and fruity it can make think to a light flavoured tea.
My daughter adores it. Lovely

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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76

This is a sample I got from TerriHarpLady, thank you so much Terri for sharing.

For an unknown reason I thought it was a plain tea not a flavoured one . I’m having this tea for my breakfast and this is a pleasant fruity break.

I don’t have much to say about this naughty vicar except praying its smoothness and its good taste of black currant. None atringency even if I stupidely left it steep for 6 minutes, so it is clearly a docile tea.
Pleasant even if not something I would add to my cupboard.

Flavors: Black Currant

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
cteresa

Naughty Vicar? Oh my, I would have bought it at once!

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drank Black Pearl Sumatra by Tealux
335 tasting notes

Who are you Black Pearl Sumatra ? I mean who are you, really ?
You’re supposed to be an Oolong and you look like an Oolong (rolled leafs) but you taste like a light bodied black tea. Are a double agent ? Classified as an OOlong but working for Black teas ?
You’re quite good and I am happy Dexter put you on my way. Thank you Dexter
You get some fruity notes as well, and yes apples seem to match very well to your taste even if you get some apricot as well.
You’re very delicate and lovely, you are the perfect tea to have whenever I don’t want something too heavy in the morning or in the evening.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

Haha! What a perfect note this was! Classified oolong….working for the Black Tea Organization.
You are right, this one is a double agent :-)

Terri HarpLady

This review made me smile :)

Ysaurella

I am very grateful to agent Dexter (ex alias 3657)for sharing this very secret Oolong with me :)

carol who

Those double agents! Perhaps we should let the Tea Justice League know about this. However, it sounds like they are a benevolent.

Ysaurella

agree Carol,the tea justice League should know about this :)

Dexter

I’ve stopped trying to figure out what side this one really works for, it’s just a fun little friend to have aroung regardless of it’s alliances. :))

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
335 tasting notes

This is a tea I was wanting to try for a very long time. Someone gave me this opportunity by sending a sample of it and…I forgot who ! Maybe MissB ? so sorry but thank you so much !

This is an American blend. A good one. I don’t really know how to explain that but there is something in the blend that tastes american. different from my usual european blends. Florence gets this taste an this odour as well.

I appreciate the nuttiness of Florence, the sweet almonds and the sweet chocolate. Everything is so sweet and mellow, kind of sugar cloud.

I am very happy to taste Florence even if this not a tea I’ll add in my shopping list.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
cteresa

american teas really are different – and so are french teas and then there are german teas.

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This tea is so good ! it is strange because this is an assam but it has some distinctive notes of Darjeeling (to me !)
I really enjoy it thank you Stacy for the sample.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
335 tasting notes

First tea of the day and I’m having it with slices of buttered bread with rapsberry jam.
I was expecting something maltier. Of course it is not a black tea but there is a lack of body to meet my tastes.

I particularly like the apricot notes, very present from the first sip. I love apricot notes in a tea and I’m glad this one is so fruity. But it’s not enough for me especially in the morning. I may have chosen the bad moment to prepare Black Rhino and I’m afraid I am too much a black tea personne to appreciate this tea for what it is.
Thank you Stacy for the sample, I’m glad to have had the chance to taste it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

Mmmm, framboises!!!

Ysaurella

Confiture Bonne Maman…I love it !

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Thank you Sil for this lovely creamy Oolong. It tastes much like a milk Oolong and it is nice as I loooooove milk Oolongs.
So of course it is creamy, buttery and mellow but it is quite flowery as well and has a touch of mineral taste (even a long mineral taste) at the very end of the sip especially when the cup is beginning to cool down.
I love it.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Mineral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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First, please forgive me for my English and all the grammatical mistakes you’ll find in my posts.
As English isn’t my mother tongue it sometimes makes things more difficult to express cleverly and accurately what I feel.

I was mainly in black flavoured teas, green as well if not bitter.
I’m now drinking much straight teas because my palate is now developed enough to appreciate them .

My favourite brands are : Mariage Frères,Theodor,Butiki Teas,Dammann Frères, Betjeman & Barton.
My ratings are as follow :

100 to 95 : my darlings; always in my cupboard

94 to 90 : Excellent tea, often in my cupboard

89 to 80 : very good tea, a pleasure to drink it

79 to 70: not bad even nice, why not having it sometimes, but well, not so urgent !

69 to 50 : Meh, deceptive or just not for me – but has some qualities

49 to 30 : I just don’t appreciate it

Under 30 : is this tea ?!?!?

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