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It was my 2nd test from the Tea house Tea Ave. and second success.

It is a beautiful oriental beauty picked between 400 and 800 meters. The oxidation level is at 6 on a scale of 10 .

A fragrant honey smell typical of these "bitten"Oolongs is emerging from the dry leaf.

I steeped this bai hao 3 minutes at 100 ° C for the first test. The leaves impeccably unfolds .

The beautiful liquor smells delicious fruits and honey.

The taste is from a typical oriental beauty , the body is quite light and fruity very pronounced . Honey is there but in the background and leaves the leading role to dried fruit, stone fruit. The “sweet” aspect is present in a good quantity ,but very balanced.

This is not the best OB I tasted so far but it is definitely very good and it made me starting the day nicely.

Pics are visible here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/oriental-beauty-tea-ave/

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drank Rose Oolong by Tea Ave
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I choose to start the Tea Ave samples with the Rose Oolong, it was the best choice on earth for sampling something for me who loves rose so much! 1rst very good point, indications are super accurate: oxidation, type of Oolong used everything is mentionned on the package. I have rarely seen such accurate indications.

It is therefore an Alishan picked at 1200 meters and little oxidized scented with taiwanese roses I am about to drink.

This rolled leaf smells divinely good , a real bouquet of roses. Tea Ave. requires an infusion at 100 ° c, so do I.

3 minutes later, I have a beautiful yellow-green liquor, very pale, typical of Alishan and a sweet smell of roses.

From the first infusion leaves unfold very well. What beautiful leaves … and with rose petals, I am in love.

Then…the taste… because it is not because Tea Ave sent me some samples that I am particularly kind with the teas. But then … I can only be a little seduced beforehand … Oolong + rose … this tea begins with a big advantage … and … it is good. Yes, it’s a good Alishan, refreshing, with a body between light and medium.

The scent of rose is present but just right for my taste, it does not hide the Oolong. I adored my first steep, the second infusion is nice but is less interesting for me as it has less body.

For my first sample with this Tea house, I am delighted.

This is however a beautiful tea, pics available here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/rose-oolong-tea-ave/

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I have never seen rose petals still look so pretty after infusing! This is definitely going in my basket!


you are lucky @ashmanra because they don’t ship internationaly. so sad


Hey Ysaurella, thanks so much for loving our Rose Oolong. We would like to invite you to stop by our site to rate our oolongs when you get a chance, so others can read your comments and thoughts :) Thanks so much!!

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drank Osmanthus Oolong by Tea Ave
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My last sample from Tea Avenue. The base is an Alishan, a Jin Xuan picked at 1200 meters. The degree of oxidation is inevitably low, 2 on a scale of 10 (I love those details from the Tea Ave.)

Although we have some osmanthus flowers mixed with the Alishan it is not profusely. I’m sick so I will not go into the description of the smell of the leaf. Fortunately my taste is not yet affected by the cold.

2 minutes into a boiling water and small flowers rise to the surface, they are very present in the end, they were hiding between the leaves.

Once drained, we can not see them again too … it’s an Osmanthus hide and seek game.

The liquor is of course very pale, a very pale yellow like Alishan have the secret.

The taste is pleasant : a refreshing Alishan with nice floral notes.

Was it a good idea to have choosen this one for the morning? … Not sure. I think this tea is perfect for the evening (well for my taste). This is undeniably a tea very good. This is not my favorite type of tea but it doesn’t shadow all its qualities. Thank you so much Heidi at Tea Avenue for this sample.

Pics of my session are available here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/osmanthus-oolong-tea-ave/

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drank Nuo Mi Xiang Oolong by Tea & Ty
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It seems this Oolong has a taste of glutinous rice as the Oolong has been mixed from the start of the manufacturing process with a local plant (Nuo Mi Xiang) which has a glutinous rice taste. This was indicated on Tea & Ty ’s website.

I open my cute little pink bag and I’m seeing quite a nice green rolled leaf. As I still have a cold the description of the leaf stops there, unfortunately.

The leaf does not unfold at the first infusion, which is logical with an infusion at less than 90 °c.

I get a pretty pale yellow-green liquor.

Fortunately I still have my taste buds skills to enjoy this tea: the texture is round without being mellow however.

Glutinous rice taste is there, a touch of lichen too but is also accompanied by a lighter note which is a fruity note. I would think plum, not sure but it tastes like plum to me.

The end of the sip is surprising, tea vanishes on a darker touch with a tiny bitterness which immediately disappears.

Surprising tea, really.

You can see pics of this tea in a new japanese cup here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/nuo-mi-xiang-oolong-tea-ty/

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drank Li Shan by Nannuoshan
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You know I am a sucker for oxidized Oolongs but I love floral ones as well. This one is a floral type which comes from one of the highest mountain of Taïwan and is incredibly soft, light and pure. Yes, pure is the word which is coming first to me as I am sipping this lovely tea.

The dry leaf smells fresh herbs.

After 5 minutes into a boiling water the leaf is not totally deployed It retains some secrets until the 2nd infusion.

The colour of the liquor is from a very pale yellow.

This the taste of crystal Yes…I know but if crystal can be liquid and drinkable it would have the taste of this Li Shan, sure. Pure so pure, so refreshing and light, it is incredible.I adore it. None bitterness nor acidity.Lilac and touches of peach are the most evident notes to my palate.

1000 thanks Gabriele for this sample, it would almost make me change to jump in the low oxidized Oolong world. But I am on the dark side of the Oolong-y tales and I’ll remain even if this tea would probably have its place in my cupboard- and a very good place.
Howw much do you sale it Gabriele ? it is not on your website :(

Pics are available here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/li-shan-nannuoshan/

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We had no time yet to upload photos and description of our Taiwan oolongs, but they are actually all on stock and available for selling. If interested, you can send us a message for further information:

Li Shan is an expensive tea, mainly because of the growing condition (2600m above see level) and the quality of this particular lot. The crop is limited and the harvest conditions very tough for the farmers. We decided to feature a top-quality Li Shan while offering also a Ali Shan at a more affordable price.
The Li Shan costs 35 euro for 50g. The Ali Shan 20 euro.


@nannuoshan thank you very much Gabriele for the addtional informations :) It is quite expensive but it deserves to be drank even at that price, this is a very lovey tea.

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drank Rougui by Nannuoshan
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The Rougui , the famous tea of the rocks is in my cup this morning and brightens a little this bad weather morning .

I strictly respect the recomandations , 4 minutes in a water at 90 ° C.

The leaf doesn’t fully unfold , it’s true that instinctively I would rather use a water at 100 ° but it does unfold very well at the second infusion.

The liquor is very red , of a dark amber .

This is a very balanced Rougui between mineral and roasted notes . Some sweetness emanates from all this light liquor, a bit enveloping .

This is exactly what I was expecting from this tea and I’m delighted : it has a real personal touch and releases its own aromas in a successive and distinct manner. Gabriele thank you so much for this sample, it is my type of tea.

Some pics are available here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/rougui-nannuoshan/

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Nice, I like rougui :)


this is a nice one sure :)

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drank Nannuoshan 2013 by Nannuoshan
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I decide to start my day with a Pu-erh and Nannuoshan 2013, a Mao Cha which seems very appropriate.

I am first impressed by the swollen and the green and brown colours of these long folded leaves .

Let’s leave these beautiful leaves unfold in their bath at 100 ° C.

They unfold perfectly in less than 4 minutes and also reveal their bright green and an incredible length.

This is a spring tea , a Mao Cha is a form of Pu-erh loose leaf, uncompressed cake , which accelerates the aging process.Mao Cha is the stage preceding the compression of the leaves to make a cake.
The liquor is an extremely pale yellow , almost transparent.

Regarding the taste, this Pu-erh is excellent,the liquor is lively , refreshing, fruity. I detect hints of plum and apricot. I have not noticed a strong astringency , just a small touch that accompanies all the tasting, from the beginning to the after taste and brings an undeniable personality to this pretty Pu-erh . I love it.

Gabriele thank you for this beautiful selection.

You can see pics of the dark green leaves here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/nannuoshan-2013-mao-cha-nannuoshan/

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drank Jin Si Dian Hong by Nannuoshan
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No suspense, I say it right now: I love this black Yunnan tea.

It smells very good : dried fruit and it looks beautiful with its golden tips.
Let’s go for 5 minutes into a boiling water.

The taste is very malty with very present earthy notes, really strong. The nice points with this Dian Hong is its soft, mellow texture and its fruity peach and apricot notes, which downplay the earthy and rocky side.

The fruit soften all the beverage and make this tea almost greedy.

The first steep was a very pleasant one but the second was much lambda without real interest imo and with a lack of body compared to the first one.

I really enjoyed the first steep, this is the main information. I’ll probably buy some of this one.

Pic are available here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/jin-si-dian-hong-nannuoshan/


I love Yunnan tea !


Hiya Kokeshi.76 nice to see you around ! Hope you’ll appreciate Steepster as I do :)


I hope so !

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I prefer oxidized Oolong , this is one, on paper.

The smell is very herbal , vegetable-y : a bunch of spinach . I do not smell too much roast .

Come on, Tie Guan Yin would magic operates? Pictured without special effects , this tea plays like a diamond …

The liquor smells spinach , too. And the wet leaf is a spinach leaf ! very very well imitated …

The liquor is a translucent pale yellow.

From my taste , oxidation is not the most obvious. This Tie Guan Yin remains much vegetable-y, not very creamy .

Much on the floral and unoxidized side IMO.

This is a good Tie Guan Yin but insufficiently creamy and oxidized to persuade me to buy it and store it in my permanent collection.

Pics are available here (with the diamonds in my tea leaf…:) ) : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/anxi-tie-guan-yin-roasted-nannuoshan/

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Nannuoshan is a recent tea company based in Berlin. Gabriele , seen on Steepster , founder of Nannuoshan,adorably sent me some samples to permit me to get an idea of ​​the quality of his teas.

Today I wanted to start the day with a black tea , with this high grade Keemun . I began by not respecting the indications Gabriele gave me … yes … I did not prepare this tea in a Gaiwan , I did not rinse the leaves etc … I prepared my tea Western style but in a Japanese teapot with a big volume. When a tea is good it must be also Western style. This is my first principle anyway.

The leave is thin , thin and curly , almost frothy and swollen. It foolishly smells malt and bitter cocoa.

I respected the recommended temperature and time to maximum infusion.

The liquor is very dark and exhales malt and smoke scents.

Come on, I taste … .I do not know what to expect … this is my first tea from this company .

generous full-bodied,even strong. Clearly a morning tea , very malty , it will awake the most sleepy one without any problem. First : this is on a fine note,light but then the body of the tea is revealed , as its strong notes of cocoa , tobacco and leather. The aftertaste makes a great tribute to smoky notes , frankly smoked.

This is a tea with a strong personality but very easy to drink. A nice selection . I love it .

Pics available here : https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/yi-ji-qi-hong-xiang-luo-nannuoshan/

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A French citizen who purchased Chinese tea from a German tea supplier and prepared it with a Japanese teapot. Sounds more like a melting pot! Talk about international relations! ;-)

I look forward to tasting this high-grade full-bodied Keemun!


@looseTman :D yes and Gabriele the owner is living in Switzerland…I love melting pot for sure


boo i don’t think i picked this one up…sounds like one that i’d like!


@Sil highly smocky for sure you’ll like it if you love smocky teas

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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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