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drank Hawaii-Grown Oolong by Samovar
911 tasting notes

I’m getting really tired of this white… stuff falling from the sky. I don’t do winter. The weather outside, however, is the epitome of winter. I am not pleased.

To protest, I’m having this tea. I’ll admit, I wanted to try this tea just because it was grown in Hawaii. Not only am I a sucker for anything orange, I’m a sucker for Hawaii. I thought it’d probably be a little roastier than what I’d prefer based on a quick glance at the description, but eh. It was grown in Hawaii so I’ll try it anyway just to say I have. And then I smelled the dry leaf.

Ooooh. Ooooh, nice. I have recently come to the realization that pouchongs / baozhongs are probably my favorite type of tea. And that’s what this smells like. But… bolder. Darker. More… Hawaiian. I have a feeling I will like this one.

Smelling it while it is brewing, it continues to smell richer and darker. Pouring it into the cup, I get the fresh, green smell of pouchong overlaid with something dark and warm, exotic and almost spicy. The tea color is a clear, light, yellow-green that really is quite lovely.

Oh this is good. Much darker tasting than an actual pouchong. Warm and sweet, it seems to have an almost candied ginger hint in the tail and there’s a fresh taste left in my mouth after I swallow.

Ugh, I put a lotion sampler on and it smells like chicken sausage and it’s interfering with my tea! I keep trying to delve deeper and end up ‘finding’ the chicken sausage! AUGH! I’ve washed the lotion off (or tried to) but now I just smell like soapy chicken sausage.

Chicken sausage being excluded for the moment, this tea reminds me of Tao of Tea’s Neela. Which is weird because I didn’t like Neela at all but I like this. The Neela tasted a bit raw and rough. This has a similar taste but tweaked just enough where it comes across as fresh and clean. There is a similar smoothness and lightness of flavor but it works in this tea because of the lovely little things going on under that thin, clear surface. Ginger and honey and some darker fruity something or other (and chicken sausage… sigh).

I will admit, I’m drinking this pretty slowly because I can’t just swallow it. I have to slowly move it around in my mouth, taste it fully. There’s just so much going on but at the same time, the notes are delicate. As it cools, the base taste of the tea reminds me more and more of a pouchong but more flavors seem to pop up. This is really lovely and I’d like it even if it weren’t Hawaiian.

I reserve the right to increase this rating when I no longer smell like chicken sausage.

ETA: The second steep is much less chicken sausage and the flavor that was hinting around before, coming out in a few different way, has finally moved to the forefront. When we were in Maui, there were all these thick, almost rubbery, pine cone looking, colorful flowers all over the place. I want to say they were called soap plants or shampoo blossoms or something like that because of the nectar the oozed out when they were squeezed. Anyway, that is the flavor I’m getting.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I agree. I must have a white Christmas or I get really massively cranky- but after that it can melt:)

Angrboda

Chicken sausage. LOL! That reminds me of the white cucumber and having to remind myself to not try and find the herring that ought to be there underneath all that dill.
I have to agree about being interested primarily because of where it was grown. I’ve seen a tea from Bolivia on AC Perch’s and I desperately want to try it, just because I’ve never had a tea from South America before. :)

Cofftea

How much snow do you guys have?

takgoti

Dang chicken sausage! I was going to make some of this today, but I think I’m going to try some tea swap tea instead. Need to spread it out until I can reorder.

teaplz

Ewww chicken sausage and cucumber would be definitely the grossest combination of all. Add in herring and I think I’d die.

Angrboda

You forgot the dill :p

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Cofftea

I agree. I must have a white Christmas or I get really massively cranky- but after that it can melt:)

Angrboda

Chicken sausage. LOL! That reminds me of the white cucumber and having to remind myself to not try and find the herring that ought to be there underneath all that dill.
I have to agree about being interested primarily because of where it was grown. I’ve seen a tea from Bolivia on AC Perch’s and I desperately want to try it, just because I’ve never had a tea from South America before. :)

Cofftea

How much snow do you guys have?

takgoti

Dang chicken sausage! I was going to make some of this today, but I think I’m going to try some tea swap tea instead. Need to spread it out until I can reorder.

teaplz

Ewww chicken sausage and cucumber would be definitely the grossest combination of all. Add in herring and I think I’d die.

Angrboda

You forgot the dill :p

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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!

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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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