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drank Nai Xiang Oolong by TeaSpring
911 tasting notes

A new day, a new tea! This one somehow managed to hide from me, managing to be the sole untasted tea from my TeaSpring order a few months ago. But I found it yesterday and decided we can’t just leave it unsampled so it gets busted open today!

I really like milk oolongs. But see, they don’t taste milky to me. I don’t know why exactly, but I always end up tasting a light and strong sweetness that makes me think of Juicy Fruit gum (which is a positive, in my world). Nothing like milk (though I suppose an argument could be made for a bit of condensed milk due to the sweetness) but I love them still.

This, however, is surprisingly different. There’s a heaviness, an almost spiciness that reminds me of white pepper. Underneath that is the sweet tropical fruitiness that I associate with Juicy Fruit and milk oolongs. The end taste’s fruitiness continues well past swallowing, becoming higher and sweeter as I breathe through my mouth. It’s gorgeous.

As it cools, the darker spiciness and lighter sweetness start to sink into each other creating this heady, rich mix of thickness and sweetness that still isn’t milky to me but is much too sophisticated and sensual to be associated with a mere gum.

In the second steep, the flavors have swapped. First I get the sweet, thinned condensed milk fruit-ish sweetness followed by the darker, heavier former spiciness that has evolved into something more bready, like fresh white rye bread. The overall taste has muddied up some but it still tastes very yummy. Not as sophisticated as the first steep, but tasty enough that my cup emptied super fast. The aftertaste is still sweet, but not quite as pretty and it is coupled with a prickly faint pepper note that isn’t as nice as the first steep but still interesting and enjoyable.

Not the most perfect, end-all-be-all of milk oolongs and probably the one that has reminded me least of Juicy Fruit gum. But I quite like this and think it is a very nice example of the milk oolong category, or at least my somewhat limited experience with it.

TeaEqualsBliss

OMG!!!!! It’s Auggy! YAY!!!!! HUGS!

Angrboda

Did you write about all the teas in that order here, or will I have to look it up elsewhere? I definitely remember you having written about it elsewhere. I’ve got a massive order incoming myself with some new areas of China that I’m looking forward to tasting.

Auggy

TEB – Hello! :D

Angrboda – Hmm, glancing over my notes I have only reviewed 3 of them, but I think that’s because 1) I didn’t get that many and 2) I got some previously tried ones (like TYTJ). But looking at my order, it does looks like I missed posting about Bai Ji Guan, Bai Lin Jin Zhen, Rou Gui, Yi Hong Jing Pin A and Huang Jin Gui. Crap, I missed a lot! I need to go back and fix that! (I took the notes, I just didn’t post them. Shame on me!)

Angrboda

I’ve had a few of those, but I’ll have to check to make sure. I basically ordered the majority of their black selection :p

Angrboda

Well. Only the first two, as it turns out. I was confused for a bit by the Bai Lin because I know I’ve had one from there (it tasted like mandarins) but that was a different leaf grade.

Auggy

Yep, I actually ordered the Rou Gui because of a log you wrote! Sounded delish! But I really wish I had gotten larger amounts of stuff when I ordered from them… I was trying to be budgetarily conscious and just ordered tiny amounts. I should know better! Plus, the small tins I put them in keep getting lost in my pantry. :(

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TeaEqualsBliss

OMG!!!!! It’s Auggy! YAY!!!!! HUGS!

Angrboda

Did you write about all the teas in that order here, or will I have to look it up elsewhere? I definitely remember you having written about it elsewhere. I’ve got a massive order incoming myself with some new areas of China that I’m looking forward to tasting.

Auggy

TEB – Hello! :D

Angrboda – Hmm, glancing over my notes I have only reviewed 3 of them, but I think that’s because 1) I didn’t get that many and 2) I got some previously tried ones (like TYTJ). But looking at my order, it does looks like I missed posting about Bai Ji Guan, Bai Lin Jin Zhen, Rou Gui, Yi Hong Jing Pin A and Huang Jin Gui. Crap, I missed a lot! I need to go back and fix that! (I took the notes, I just didn’t post them. Shame on me!)

Angrboda

I’ve had a few of those, but I’ll have to check to make sure. I basically ordered the majority of their black selection :p

Angrboda

Well. Only the first two, as it turns out. I was confused for a bit by the Bai Lin because I know I’ve had one from there (it tasted like mandarins) but that was a different leaf grade.

Auggy

Yep, I actually ordered the Rou Gui because of a log you wrote! Sounded delish! But I really wish I had gotten larger amounts of stuff when I ordered from them… I was trying to be budgetarily conscious and just ordered tiny amounts. I should know better! Plus, the small tins I put them in keep getting lost in my pantry. :(

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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