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Very strong green floral with a strong honey sweetness. This tea has a very strong and pronounced character/flavor/identity as a green oolong and is tasty, if that’s your flavor. However, as distinct and strong as the taste was, it was a bit one dimensional to someone who isn’t a huge fan of floral green oolongs (i.e…. me).
Still thought this was a good tea, though, especially at the price point (I think I got it for something ridiculous like $7/5 oz? I don’t quite remember, it was on mega clearance when I first got it, the heritage honey was only $5/5 oz at the time as well, and I think it’s currently $12/5 oz since they’ve gained some visibility) and tastes deliciously full of nectar and honey which come out front and center when cold brewed.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Honey, Sweet
Deep floral-nectar sweet with a creamy taste and a light tickle of astringency, but with a nice bit of spice to it, something reminiscent of cinnamon and other slightly spicy tingles to the underside. I liked this one better than the other tea I’ve tried from them (the brusquely labeled “Jade Oolong” they also had on clearance awhile back when I first found them), this has nice slight brown tint of roast or oxidation to the edges of it.
Benefits from a little more leaf as those spiced notes really stand out when pushed with hotter water, more leaf, and faster steeps. I enjoyed this much more than flower bomb oolongs and would consider ordering some more if I didn’t still have about 2-3 oz of this left. I’m a little sad that I’ve been neglecting this one for so long, much of the flavor has faded since I first tried it. I’ll experiment with roasting it for a good while in the slow cooker and see what results, I think.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Creamy, Nectar, Spices, Sweet
This is nice, but just doesn’t quite come up to some of the other AliShan I’ve tried. They’re usually very smooth — TeaAve’s, I remember was particularly silky. The floral and vegetal notes are here, but to me the balance feels off. It’s just a bit more orchidy than I would like. I’m still experimenting with water temperatures, but so far, the floral notes always come out dominating.
It’s not bad at all, just not a favorite.
This tea makes me happy. Not because it’s the “best” or “highest quality” tea, but because it’s exactly what I want in a roasted oolong. Good complexity with fruity, spice, grain, and resiny notes with just the right amount of roast to compliment but not overpower. Overall it just “fits” my pallet right, like the worlds most comfortable pair of underwear. I’ve been drinking this a lot lately, whenever I’m not craving anything in particular, and I’ll definitely have to stock up on a lot the next time I order from Mountain Tea.
Flavors: Fruity, Resin, Roasted, Spices
Tightly rolled medium brown leaves. Brews and amber color. Has a fruity pineapple note as well as hints of roasted barley, pistachio, brown sugar, cannabis, cream, and cinnamon. A nice medium roasted oolong.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cannabis, Cinnamon, Cream, Nuts, Pineapple, Roasted Barley
First steep: 10 oz disposable coffee cup (because I forgot my travel mug) + boiling water that makes tea undrinkable for like an hour because it is so hot
The pearls unraveled very fast and now fill up the entire teabag (they have expanded about 3x their previous size)
The tea was extremely flavourful and typical of a good quality black tea. I love how it is as strong and bold as a tea that would normally be bitter, but there is no hint of bitterness or astringency from this tea. I also taste oats and tannins.
Second steep: same deal
It only steeps medium gold this time and it a little bit weaker. It taste mostly spaghetti noodles with no sauce, like wheat and wet straw.
Overall, this is a very strong tea the first steep but then is not quite as strong in the next cup. I might experiment with the water temperature to try to get 2-3 cups out of my next leaves.
Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Oats, Tannic, Tannin, Tea
Mountain Tea adds flavoring to this one; their unflavored milk oolong is marketed simply as Jin Xuan. Nevertheless, this tastes very natural to me, even if the creamy buttery flavor is a little stronger than what you would find in unaltered tea. So smooth! So mellow! Really enjoying this one :)
Flavors: Butter, Creamy
I wish Mountain Tea did samples (I think I would have purchased a sample of each and every one of their oolongs if they had). But even going in blind, jade oolong seemed like a safe bet. Every jade oolong I ever had has been delicious, and this one is no exception. Mountain Tea’s version has a lot of nuance: the honeysuckle note is strongest, but there’s also a hint of butter and a very slight tang. I don’t know that I would have thought of honeydew if I hadn’t seen it in the notes, but I can see how that tang could read as honeydew. Overall, a delightful tea.
So excited to get my first order from Mountain Tea :) I received some of their tea in a Tealet contest and was completely won over. Normally I stick to greener oolongs, but I made an exception for this one — it’s SO dark, the first time I had it I was convinced it was black tea. It tastes like raisins and malt, and holds up well to re-steeping. I think a little sugar helps bring out the raisin notes, but it is good with or without.
Delightfully brisk, floral, and nutty aroma as well as a pretty light gold color. Refreshing aroma, surprisingly sweet, but with some vegetal flavors at the end. Overall pleasant, although I’m not a fan of the syrupy feeling it leaves behind in the back of the mouth and throat. First quality oolong I’ve bought, though, and pleased with it.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Hay, Honey, Nutty
Many thanks to TheLastDodo for this welcome sample; it was noted in her stash sale that she would throw in some samples based on what was purchased, and I’ve got to say her choices were amazingly on the nose — I’ve been wanting to try this particular tea for awhile :)
In terms of the dried rolled leaf, this is the greenest oolong I’ve ever seen. It’s like an emerald green. The flavor has some floral notes, but it’s not a sweet tea at all, so it’s interesting to taste the floral combined with the savory notes. It holds up well to re-steeping. This isn’t as much to my taste as the Banten Honey oolong, but it is a good quality tea, very smooth and well-balanced. Thanks, LastDodo, for the chance to try this!
First impression from a gongfu session with 190 degree water is awesome! Very floral flavors, with a delightfully sweet finish. This sweetness remains in the mouth for a couple minutes after drinking the tea, and is accompanied by a grassy taste in the mid-late steepings. I wish I had more practice with tasting as it would be neat to be able to pick out the different floral notes in the tea, as were noted on Mountain Tea’s website. Good body to it, especially in steeps 2 and 3, with an alluring crispness.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Sweet
Good stuff. Just finished the 2 oz of it I ordered, and for the last 5g, I decided to give it a whirl with boiling water/shorter steeps. As expected, more bitter than using 190 degree water like I was before, but I did not find this bitterness unpleasant. The tea had a bit more of a punch. Less sweet, and tasted the roast more. The first couple steeps had what seemed like a slightly buried fruit flavor – I tasted it more crisply with the cooler water.
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Roasted, Stonefruits
Aroma of the leaves makes it very obvious these were roasted, as they smell of toasted grass to me. The wet leaves’ aroma reminds me in some way of popcorn, with their almost salty notes (maybe more caramel corn). The flavors are as advertised caramel sweetness with some floral undertones as well. Not only good gongfu style, but an awesome one for grandpa style on the go in a thermos. Just a few leaves at the bottom got me through a whole day :) A good one for a great price.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Floral, Sweet, Toasty
This is lovely. I’ve had it several times now but am just now doing a note for it. Green oolongs are my favorite oolongs.
Visually this is appealing as are most oolongs. Leaves unfurling to immense sizes compared to the tight little balls they start as. And there are little hints of reddish brown around the edges which is neat.
This one has nice floral notes up front with a light buttery feel. Almost a jasmine but not really. Second steep becomes more like jasmine. It goes well with a jasmine green tea rubbed goat cheese drizzled with a tiny bit of honey. The strong sour notes in the cheese are offset by the floral jasmine tea leaves, which also bring out more jasmine in the tea itself.
Lengthy steeping brings out a faint bitterness so avoid that. I started with about 30 seconds, left leaf in water while drinking, so probably 2:00 for second cup, 4:30 for third, 6:00+ for fourth – by then it was developing some bitter notes. Watch water temp as well.
With the second pitcher, I waited about a minute before pouring the first cup. Third pitcher was still decent.
Fourth pitcher and a large portion of the flavor was gone. So a good 8 ounces, a decent 4 ounces and then a not great but drinkable 4 ounces on a teaspoon and a half of leaves.
And continuing Use All The Teaware month:
I think I got this travel set from Verdant last spring. I really haven’t used it much. It’s pretty but 1) I’m nervous about traveling with glass and 2) the infuser basket takes up a good chunk of water space. It came with 6 cups but you’d only be able to serve 4 mostly full ones on a single steeping. I like the cup size, but for this pitcher, they are too large. Not that it matters tons, I rarely have anyone at all to drink tea in this style with me, much less 6 someones. :)
This is an interesting one, sent kindly as a sample from Mountain Tea. im doing gong fu @ 90 degrees, 10/15/25 etc. the first few steeps have got almond-y notes and later its tasting a bit more like a jade oolong. milkyness in taste and slight butter aroma.
nice lingering aftertaste that changes. im getting some orchids now, similar to a dan cong orchid flavour but without the roasty savouryness.
theres some kind of sweet in there from my childhood too. ahh its milk bottles :)
Flavors: Almond, Butter, Milk, Orchid
Tried this Gong Fu @95, 5/15 , and now western style @85 3mins.
Lovely butter aroma, and nice ‘green’ notes. not sure what, but very nice. Gongfu was delicious, sweet & classy, wheras western style provided more of the jade magic. felt like drinking the colour. lovely. The oils are buttery or creamy and has a zingy mouthfeel.
Its feeling is quite spritely, which was surprising. higher in caffeine than i thought it would be? Im very sensitive to caffeine after giving up coffee due to overload. im tapping away on the keyboard really fast. (i have just drank a fair bit of this though)
really really nice, not a bad flavour in there!
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Grapes, Grass, Green, Sugar, Sweet
My third ‘competition-grade’ OB that i have tried, this one is from Hsinchu county, 2014 winner. Compared to the Miaoli county winner i have, this has a deeper smell, less cinnamon-y (or whatever that fragrance is i cant quite put my finger on), with more honey and fruit present.
My favourite way to drink oriental beauty is western style, 3g to 10 oz water, and as the cup begins to lose heat, more honey notes are released, along with subtle notes of peaches and flowers sliding around in my mouth. Even Cherry popped up to say hello for a second. Or was it cherrywood? I dont even know what cherrywood smells like, but its how i imagine it might.
less spicy than the Miaoli, which has made me realise, that is a special trait of that tea.
Also has that lovely roobois edge to its being that all dong fang mei ren has – tastes healthy & clean, a relaxing headfeel, woody and natural, like you are drinking a good plant that will look after you.
Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Wood, Cinnamon, Flowers, Grapes, Honey, Peach, Rooibos, Wood
I think this is what I’m drinking. The package only says "Aged Oolong 95C mountaintea.com). So, I’m taking a guess. The little pebbles are a dark brown and slight oily skin. They are heavily compressed and give off a dry wood and roast scent. I placed a generous amount in my warmed gaiwan and gave em a shake. The smell is quite potent and heavily fruited. There is an underlying smoke aroma and prominent raisin tone. I washed the pebbles once and prepare for brewing. The flavor is unlike the aroma. The liquor is pale bronze and very sweet. The taste is very fruity and juicy, yet there is an underlying roast that lingers on the tongue. This brew has a “fruit by the foot” flavor hahah. It reminds me of my childhood snacks. This was very good, and a decent quality aged oolong. I’m glad that I didn’t judge a book by its cover on this, for the packaging was not that attractive.
Also, there is a lingering sweetness that does last for what seems like forever. I feel like I just had a bunch of pastries with berries in them :)
Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Honey, Smoke, Sweet
There’s an entire page for this, but apparently, it’s misplaced. Oh well, here’s my review of it.
I like this one a lot, and makes me feel relieved in terms of budget. I was actually recommended this one as a bagged, and based on the descriptions of caramel, I had to try it.
First time, I tried to do it Gongfu, but wound up Western on accident. I definitely got something like a spicier yet lighter black tea, but the more subtle notes like caramel were overwhelmed after two minutes. There were even seaweed notes that were kinda good, but something I have to be in the mood for. It got sweeter in the later steeps with something that reminded me of a cooked cherry, but not entirely.
Finally got to do it Gongfu tonight, with a ten second rinse at 195 degrees, using six grams in six ounces. The first rinse had a taste that replicates rose water. This tea is VERY close to a Laoshan black because it has the same type of rosy, cooked fruit character. Laoshan’s are one of my favorites, and in comparison, this one is a lighter brother or cousin that does not have the robust malt or chocolate of a black. It also doesn’t have the same dehydrating effect that a black does.
Steep two, 30 seconds, and still very rosy with a faded molasses bitter sweetness. Steep three, a full minute, and darker, redder, and something closer to a black tea. Four at two minutes, and something like a cherry black, but lighter. Five at three, and cooked cherry.
I really liked this one, but it is a toss up. When I’m in the mood for it, I would probably rate this one a 90; when I’m not, an 80. I still need to figure out better steeping parameters for this one. It was sweet, but not as sweet as I was expecting. I didn’t get the full caramel or honey like described, so I’ll be back on this one pretty soon.
Flavors: Cherry, Honey, Molasses, Roasted, Rose, Salt, Seaweed, Smooth, Vegetal
I’ve seen Mountain Tea’s LiShan name-dropped a few times on Steepster and r/tea due to its abnormally cheap price. With 5 ounces going for only $25, could it actually be any good? Well, judging by the reviews on Steepster and r/tea, people seem to be quite impressed.
Mountain Tea recently started selling a Spring LiShan that created a bit of a buzz on r/tea, which reminded me that I had a box of the Winter LiShan still sitting on my tea shelf. I figured it was about time that I got around to writing about it.
LiShan is probably my favorite type of oolong tea, so I couldn’t wait to try Mountain Tea’s version. LiShan is a mountain in central Taiwan. Its name translates to “Pear Mountain,” which conjures up lovely images of pear orchards and tea fields. And from what I read online, that image is quite accurate. LiShan is home to many pear and apple orchards, which require the cool mountain temperatures in order to thrive.
This is the last Mountain Tea I have to review, so there won’t be any more in the future….sorry if I’ve been reviewing too many of their products lately! For the next few weeks, I’ll be focusing on White2Tea’s newer offerings.
I drank this tea while constructing a tea table, so pardon any messiness or sawdust.
The dry leaf looks like a standard rolled oolong. Most of the leaves were a dark grey-green color, but there are also a few bright green leaves floating around. There are a few stems thrown into the mix.
These leaves certainly smell like high quality LiShan. They give off a very grassy and floral aroma, but with a certain richness to it that is very hard to put into words. The closest thing I can think of is perhaps a roasted nut or coconut aroma.
I got to break in my beautiful new teapot for this review. I just got this Ruyao Triad Teapot from White2Tea.
I’ve had my eye on this teapot for several months since I’m such a huge sucker for ruyao teapots and it matches my ruyao teacup perfectly. After gushing about this teapot to all of my tea friends, I finally received it as a gift. There is a lesson to learn here. If you drop subtle hints about a teapot long enough, somebody will buy it for you (sarcasm).
I used 9 grams of leaf for this 150 ml teapot.
I started out brewing this tea at 190° F. The first steep is a light buttery yellow color with a touch of green.
The upfront taste is light and extremely floral, somewhat similar to a Jin Xuan milk oolong. However, the herbal notes take over quite quickly and begin to dominate. The mouthfeel is very thick and pleasant, which is a feature that I really enjoy in high mountain oolongs.
The aftertaste is very sweet and floral, and left my mouth feeling clean and refreshed.
The second steep is a bit lighter in color. The mouthfeel is still very thick, but the flavor profile changes. The herbal flavor fades away and is replaced by a sweet and fruity flavor, perhaps pineapple as other reviewers have mentioned.
I think I left the third steep to sit a bit too long, so it came out noticeably darker. This tea is still very pleasant when oversteeped.
I continued to drink this tea for about 7 or 8 infusions, so it can certainly last through a longer tea tasting session. After finishing this session, I felt extremely relaxed and calmed, perhaps even more so than I usually do after sitting down to drink tea. That’s a good sign I suppose!
The finished leaves were very large and full. It looks like there are more stems than I noticed before, so perhaps they were curled into the balls.
This LiShan may not be quite as good as the super duper top-notch stuff you can find in high-end Taiwanese tea stores, but it is still a wonderful tea. I would definitely recommend grabbing a bag of this from Mountain Tea. As far as the quality to price ratio goes, you can’t do much better than this LiShan.
I am elated to have found this tea, because I can now drink quality LiShan on a regular basis without breaking the bank. This tea is cheap enough that I can drink it regularly without feeling guilty about the ridiculous amount of money I spend on tea every year. With 5 ounces of this tea only going for $25, I wouldn’t pass it up. I will definitely be buying this tea again, and I can’t wait to try the Spring LiShan to see how it compares.
For the next few weeks, I’ll be focusing on White2Tea’s newer offerings. It’s been a while since I’ve tried any new and interesting puerh teas, so I am looking forward to it!
Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.~Ralph Waldo Emerson