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I don’t believe I’ve had a Huang Guan Yin before, but I like wuyi oolongs and was looking forward to trying this. Because I was at home today, I decided to do more of a gong fu preparation.

I used my little yixing teapot devoted to wuyi oolongs and did a quick rinse of the leaves.

Steep #1: 30 seconds. I got a very sweet, honey-like tea liquor that’s a medium yellow. I feel like there are some peachy notes in here as well as a slight roastedness. Definitely has a nice lingering aftertaste. Norbu compares it to a graham crackers but it reminds me more of toast with a bit of marmalade. Definitely liking it so far!

Steep #2: 20 seconds. Now the graham cracker flavor is definitely coming to the forefront. Definitely much less mineral-y and plummy than other wuyi teas I’ve had in the past. Still getting lots of honey and orange marmalade notes. Not a trace of bitterness in sight, which is great! I have to say I am finding this quite delicious.

Steep #3: 10 seconds. The lighter steep has brought out some lighter, fruitier notes, more peaches and apples seem to be present as well as a bit of butter. This is one non finicky tea.

Steep #4: Still insanely good although getting a bit lighter in flavor. Like a honey drizzled peach over a graham cracker crust. Heavenly! Flavor is still great.

I happen to like light to medium roasted oolongs and this was definitely a surprise. I was expecting something quite different but the result was great. Gets high marks from me for flavor, resteepability and non-astringent/bitterness.

I did like this quite a bit better than the Fenghuang oolong I had a few days ago. This isn’t as aromatic and flowery, but you can’t have everything in life. I have been fairly impressed with Norbu tea so far.

Final verdict: YUMMM! I’m not sure how this could get any better for me personally, so I’m just going to ahead and give it 100 points.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Hesper June

Wow! This sounds so Delicious!

TeaBrat

Yep – I definitely loved it though I know some people don’t really like roasted oolongs as much as I do.

Bonnie

AMY! YOU NEVER GIVE 100! (Well, not easily!) This must have caused another earthquake!

Azzrian

OMG I have to get this NAOW! Graham Cracker!!! WOW!

TeaBrat

@Bonnie – I just checked my ratings and I’ve given 10 100’s but I also have 1,003 tasting notes!
@Azzrian, if you decide to go for it, I also thought the
Feng Qing Gold Tips were good!

Cheryl

Amy, you single handedly make my wishlist grow daily (others contribute). Keep on keeping on :)

Missy

ohh this is going straight to my shopping list after such a review!

Azzrian

Thank you I will go look up the Gold Tips too!
I have never ordered from this company!
So one more to the list of not just teas but companies to try! LOL Oh boy.

Azzrian

ROFL its already on my shopping list! Haha

Bonnie

Hey…where’s Scott?

TeaBrat

@Bonnie, I don’t know but I’m sure he’ll be back. :)

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Hesper June

Wow! This sounds so Delicious!

TeaBrat

Yep – I definitely loved it though I know some people don’t really like roasted oolongs as much as I do.

Bonnie

AMY! YOU NEVER GIVE 100! (Well, not easily!) This must have caused another earthquake!

Azzrian

OMG I have to get this NAOW! Graham Cracker!!! WOW!

TeaBrat

@Bonnie – I just checked my ratings and I’ve given 10 100’s but I also have 1,003 tasting notes!
@Azzrian, if you decide to go for it, I also thought the
Feng Qing Gold Tips were good!

Cheryl

Amy, you single handedly make my wishlist grow daily (others contribute). Keep on keeping on :)

Missy

ohh this is going straight to my shopping list after such a review!

Azzrian

Thank you I will go look up the Gold Tips too!
I have never ordered from this company!
So one more to the list of not just teas but companies to try! LOL Oh boy.

Azzrian

ROFL its already on my shopping list! Haha

Bonnie

Hey…where’s Scott?

TeaBrat

@Bonnie, I don’t know but I’m sure he’ll be back. :)

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

Location

San Frandisco

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http://sanfrantea.teatra.de

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