In Pursuit of Tea

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85

A short tasting note, but basically, I’m loving this oolong! It’s sweet, floral, and buttery. Some greener oolongs can be a bit too vegetal or grassy to me, but this does not fall into that category. Kind of reminds me of the Traditional Tieguanyin from Verdant.

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83

creamy floral notes..nice!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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89

VISUAL: The dry tea leaves are gorgeous! Golden and green and feathered like dried flower petals. The tea itself brews to a beautiful rich dark caramel color. Surprising considering how light golden and green the dried tea is.

SMELL: I was surprised by this one, the first whiff smells very similar to an Assam tea like Irish Breakfast, although with more subtletea. Smelling more carefully reveals more floral and sweeter notes of a Chinese black tea.

TASTE: Oh wow YUM. It’s more delicate than teas from India, and like BrewTEAlly Sweet mentioned, not at all brisk. Others have already described this one perfectly, tobacco leaf and rich sweetness. Very smooth and creamy mouth feel.

PREPARATION: 16 oz of water, just off a boil, steeped for 2 minutes (stopped short of the recommended time because it tasted pretty perfect already). I don’t generally add any sugar to my fine teas but tried it on the recommendation of my fellow steepsters Michael Cutillo and Julie Stiles. A pinch of sugar did bring out the flavor nicely. Thanks! (For my second steeping I left the sugar out, call me a purist).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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96

A resteep with the leaves from earlier. I don’t think I resteeped last time (again, I seriously messed up the steep), so I figured it was only fair to give it a chance this time around.

There’s more floral tones to the smell this time and less of the vegetal edge. Oddly it tastes more vegetal, like sweetened asparagus (does that sound gross? I promise it’s not!) with a light floral aftertaste. It’s slightly bitter this time around and I don’t think I’ll steep this one again, but I don’t regret doing it this time.

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96

Sipdown! About time, too. I think the first cup didn’t work out so well because of user error, so I was careful with this one. It smells intensely floral and a little green as it brews. It’s making me thing of spring, which is not likely to happen today at least with another snowpocalypse on the way (6-12 inches!). There are also some vegetal notes that remind me of fresh asparagus or green beans.

The vegetal notes are also in the flavor, but they’re sweet and mellow. I’m still getting that lilac note I noticed before, and there are some other floral tastes and a touch of honey. It’s more like light honey (e.g. Tupelo, my favorite) than the generic “honey” flavor I usually mean when I describe something that way. I like this more with every sip, so the lower rating I had with the last tasting note was definitely user error. I may have to do an In Pursuit of Tea order at some point…

Flavors: Flowers, Green Beans, Honey

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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96

This is an intensely floral tea. It smells and tastes like a lilac bush, which is not a bad thing in my case but might not be for everyone. It definitely tastes like an oolong, but so far I’m not sure it’s strong enough for me.

The brewed tea is a very light green: I’d suggest brewing this in a clear glass or it’ll be difficult to tell when it’s done. I got this in my first Steepster Select box and had trouble with the filters at first. It was brewing so light that I thought something was wrong. Once I tried steeping with something else I realized the steeped tea was mostly staying inside the filter and not, well, filtering through. The tea is very light regardless, but it tastes much better steeped in something else.

Since my first cup had some problems I’ll also be logging my second to see about any differences.

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85

I believe I was expecting something more vegetal when I steeped this tea. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the floral aroma and light flavor. There is a buttery mouthfeel and flavor. Excellent tea. I am curious to see how this tea changes over multiple infusions.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Delicious. One of the better oolongs I’ve had in a while. Very smooth and floral with a slight burnt taste.

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89

This came as one of five teas in my first tasting package and was, by far, my favorite of all the teas. Afraid I can write as eloquently as others here…just want to say…AWESOME tea.

I return 3 months later to update. I ordered this tea. Came from Taiwan…and the post office made me come down to sign for it. I guess in this day and age of Big Brother, any foreign deliveries are eyed with suspicion and extra review.

Preparation
1 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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100

Oh goodness, this tea is delicious! This first brew i accidentally oversteeped by a bit, but i added a little sugar, and NOM. you mustn’t mind the round, thick, full, honey- and tobacco-esque richness, or you’ll never love this tea. definitely a mouthful! i’ll update if i get in another steep today BUT i’ve spent the morning on another tea, i may have to draw the line here, since this one is REALLY making it’s presence known. YUM!

ON EDIT: nope, had to have a second cup. EVEN BETTER! i’m loving this one, it’s just so rich and creamy, full and thick. i just don’t know how to describe it. important thing to note, however, is that before i added the 1/2 tsp or so of sugar, it wasn’t near as amazing. just accept that this is one of those needs sugar teas, and you won’t go wrong. in fact, based on second brew, i’m ranking this in my tops.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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92

Got this blend in my first Steepster box and absolutely loved it. Even let my picky mother try some. After one sip she said she “wanted to buy more immediately.” It’s strong, but not overpowering. The key for me was not oversteeping. Wonderful aroma as well.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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First steep. Tobacco is definitely a massive flavor, look forward to it mellowing with additional steepings. Added more sugar than I normally would after first few sips, made it taste better.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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I’m with BrewTEAlly Sweet about the “no kidding theres tobacco in this!!” thought. Amazing the variation possible even within the same type of tea. I’ve always thought of Yunnans as a delicate, sometimes sweet black. This one is far from delicate, but don’t mistake with for being Assam-like. Its not bold and brisk. It’s a serious flavor profile with a manly vibe to it. I totally respect this tea for what it is, but it’s not my cuppa. I intend to send my second sample to my father, who will likely appreciate it better than I.

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84

ok giving this a shot as my all day (or at least all morning) oolong. i’d tried it before, don’t recall what i thought, but i wasn’t really ready for oolongs yet at that time.

it certainly smells delightful! the taste of this here first cuppa is light and fresh and green, and thankfully the perfume doesn’t overwhelm the flavor (or i’d be SO outta here!). perfect wake up tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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84

oh yumminess! this particular tea is particularly floral, so much so that the scent of the tea brewing was making me anticipate a perfume-y (yucky) taste once i sipped…but no! hooray! just a thick rich oolong flavor accented with the floral notes in quite a delicate manner. just yummy.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Green Oolongs have become my favorite teas recently. I remember the very first time I had one (an Iron Goddess, I think) I didn’t like it at all!. Strange how preference changes. My perfect oolong is a balanced blend of creamy and floral. This Nantou Four seasons is perfectly creamy, but I wish it was more floral. It hints at wanting to be more, but didn’t quite make it. Still a lovely cup of tea and one that I would drink often if I had more.

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This tea is gorgeously flowery, with a lilac, almost orchid taste and smell to it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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92

Got this in my first Steepstar box. Really, really lovely, with a delicious aroma and smooth finish. After drinking it during an afternoon slump I felt rejuvenated.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I had this one yesterday. It’s from my first month of steepster select:)
The color of the buds are so pretty! And the color of the liquor steeped is so beautiful! It’s this rich caramel color! But wow they weren’t kidding with the notes of tobacco! That’s a majority of the flavor the first 2 steeps. The later steeps definitely calm with the tabaco and take over with a creamy honey flavor:) I like it but it’s not my favorite golden yunnan. Definitely a quality tea! I’m just not a fan of the tabaco essence.

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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