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drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
1933 tasting notes

My other Naivetea restock. It’s one of those teas that you just can’t wait for it to cool down enough to sip it.

Ahhh, my perfect lychee oolong. Lovely lychee flavor, lovely oolong flavor. A great balance between the two, and incredibly authentic lychee in the blend. So thrilled to finally have this back in my cupboard.

With this tea, I’ve gone all the way through my cupboard. I skipped a few teas here and there, and I still have a pile of new Verdant Blends club blends that I haven’t gotten into (but they are at home, and I haven’t been drinking a ton of tea at home. I’ve been on my cupboard chronology so long I don’t hardly know what to drink next now that I’m done!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Memily

Added to wish list!

Terri HarpLady

I always have this goal to drink everything in my cupboard before I can drink something a 2nd time, and of course, being the person who always thinks she can do more than she is capable of, I expect myself to get through every single tea in a month, which never happens. Maybe I should try making it a 2 month project :)

Dinosara

It took me a little over three months to do it, but I took a lot of short trips during that time where I wasn’t drinking tea for 4 days at a time. It was certainly fun, and nice to revisit a lot of my older teas.

TeaBrat

I’m seriously trying to drink down my collection for the next 2 months and not buy any new ones! Being on disability is a motivating factor. ;-)

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drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1933 tasting notes

I am so thrilled to finally have this tea back in my cupboard. It’s been a while since I first got a sample of this, and I’ve finally gotten comfortable enough with the size of my tea cupboard to buy a tin of it (and the Lychee Oolong).

It really is an astounding tea. I’ve never had a tea that tasted so much like a fresh, ripe passion fruit before. Not passion fruit flavor, not passion fruit juice/nectar… actual passion fruit. SO GOOD. Naivetea is really outstanding. They were more popular a few years ago on Steepster but aren’t as well known recently, but if you like flavored green oolongs (or high mountain Taiwanese oolongs in general) I highly recommend you check them out.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

oooh, want

TeaBrat

I loved this too!

Sil

Interesting…..

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A good tea for relaxing, and treating others while in the company of family and friends.
This is a sweet tea that bodes well with a great conversation. “Sometimes the talk you ever will have is sitting next to someone in complete silence while drinking tea and walking away as if it were the best conversation you have ever had” Darrin Peppers Wong

Preparation
3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
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drank Lavender Oolong by Naivetea
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drank Strawberry Oolong by Naivetea
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drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
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drank Lavender Oolong by Naivetea
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drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
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drank Strawberry Oolong by Naivetea
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drank Shan Lin Shi by Naivetea
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drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1933 tasting notes

Sipdown, 134. :( :( I had been hoarding the last of this one since it is one of my favorites, and this afternoon I decided I needed to stop hoarding, especially a green oolong. Then I proceeded to get distracted once the timer was done and not take the tea out, leaving it to oversteep. So sad! I mean, it’s still drinkable, which is amazing, but it’s not perfect. Sigh. Well that just fits how my day and my week are going so far.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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73
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
517 tasting notes

Toasty, ricey, little hints of vegetal flavors here and there and pretty smooth. Not silky or creamy, just smooth and soft. The leaves expand quite well, as expected for an oolong.

This is my first Dong Ding oolong. Not sure I am enough of a fan to keep it around, but it seems to be a very nice tea and I wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered. And I will not make it through 7 steeps. I will probably never get through 7 steeps of the same tea in a row. :) Too impatient, too many teas!!!

Again, thanks for sharing, Tamm!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Tamm

I’m glad that you liked it! It was the first dong ding for me to try as well. I’m glad that you got to experience something new.

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drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1933 tasting notes

So a few weeks ago I found a pouch of this randomly in a box without any other tea around it. Like I had found it and stuck it in their at the last minute while moving, or it had accidentally fallen in. Regardless, I was surprised and delighted. This is one of my favorite teas ever! I resisted the impulse to hoard it (there is one cup left) and decided to make a cup this afternoon.

Well this is delightful, and everything I expected it to be. Lovely passionfruit flavor, lovely oolong flavor. If you love green oolongs, and flavored oolongs, do yourself a favor and order a sample pack from Naivetea; you won’t regret it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

YUM!! I’m putting this one my shopping list :)

Dinosara

For future reference Naivetea has an awesome sampler set where you can choose any 5 of their 10 flavors of oolongs (half ounce each). A while ago I ordered it and the High Mountain Oolong sampler as well… totally worth it.

Sil

oh neat. i’ll have to check them out since you know..i need more tea.

Dinosara

You might be safe, Sil… it’s all greeeeen high mountain taiwanese oolongs. :)

Dinosara

I mean even their flavored oolongs all have a green oolong base. They do have some non-high mountain taiwanese oolongs, some of which are roasted/darker

Stephanie

That sampler set sounds perfect!

Sil

i like varieties! i keep drinking things i don’t like just in case. and i’m glad i do or id have never tried stacys sparrow tongue and i love that tea!

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Thank you Dinosara for this sample. :) I have been saving my more floral teas for warmer weather and the UK has finally seen the start of things to come. Hopefully the snow is behind us.

I don’t recall trying anything from Naivetea before but have tried Butiki Teas version of rose violet calendula Oolong so there are some means for comparison.

In raw form this tea consists of dark brown/black oolong balls with a few yellow calendula petals mixed amongst them. If you look very closely there are a few very small pieces of violet petals but I can’t see any rose in this 7g sample.

Upon opening the packet I could note a very strong floral aroma with particular rose peaks and Turkish delight essence.

Once steeped the tea is yellow in colour with a very light floral scent. Not as strong as it’s raw form but still present with a little sweetness.

The first few sips reveal a very mellow floral taste that has a pinch of sweetness and grass like essence. Despite a dark appearance this Oolong does have a very green flavour but it’s so mild that it’s characteristics leave a lot to be desired. To add to the list of flavours there is a powdery, floral perfume after taste that dries the mouth a little.

This tea would be suitable for people that like subtle flavours but for me it’s just too subtle. I brewed 7g into a mesh teapot that holds 2 and a half cups of tea so ideally it should have been more potent in my opinion. I remember Butiki being fresher and much stronger than this.

Overall while this tea is delicate and light it is also rather tasty, I just wish it was stronger. For me this is a slightly above average blend that works well before or after a meal due to it’s light aura. A nice cleanser but not suitable for those that like to be taken away with a floral taste and aroma to their own flower field…like I do.

Oh and just a side note – This is my 499 tasting review. Almost at the big 500 :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Nice! Are you going to drink a special cup for your 500th?

Tea Sipper

happy 500!

Scheherazade

I’m hoping we’ve seen the end of the snow, too. There are teas I want to ice, and I’ve almost had my fill of chai lattes for this winter…fingers crossed!

KittyLovesTea

@Cavocorax – I want to review something special for number 500 but I just don’t know which tea. I may have to have a good rummage through my cupboard soon and find something. :) I can’t believe it’s reached 500 in just over a year.

@Scheherzade Today was warm and bright in Leicester so hopefully Norwich has seen the same too. :)

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drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Naivetea
889 tasting notes

Thank you so much for the sample Dinosara! I wanted to try this one first because I’ve had a Bao Zhong before but never a plain one. I have had a coconut flavored one that I LOVED. This one is wonderful too! Might be my favorite oolong I’ve tried so far :D I can’t wait to get to my next steep, heh. It is light and buttery and floral YUM.

Dinosara

Yay, glad you like it!

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drank Shan Lin Shi by Naivetea
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drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
1933 tasting notes

Sipdown, 228. This is one that I have for some reason have had for a while but never got around to sipping down.

Oof, first sip was a little too hot… usually I am not so impatient but I wanted something to drink right away. I feel like there is something stuck in my esophagus low down and it won’t go away, but clearly there is not.

I enjoy this tea, even it if is on the roasty-toastier side of things. I don’t know why I am not a big fan of toastiness in tea, but it seems to be generally the case. Still, this one is toasty in such a way that it works for me, accompanied by a light sweetness. A pleasant afternoon tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Li Shan Oolong by Naivetea
470 tasting notes

Earlier in the evening I really wanted to make something in my gaiwan, but I ended up with a rich latte instead. But the gaiwan bug wasn’t leaving, so I decided to just go for it! At 2:30 in the morning. Maybe no the brightest idea, but my packet of this from TeaEqualsBliss was calling out to me.

Rinse: 10 seconds. Okay, I know you are technically not supposed to drink this, but to heck with it! I tea how I want to! Yes, I just used tea as a verb. I was amazed at how fast the leaves unfurled. After a mere ten seconds in hot water they were fully expanded! And so pretty, all of them fully intact like they just fell off the tree into my cup. I almost overestimated the capacity of my little gaiwan, they’re right up to the lid.

This “steep” was like a punch of floral nectar, rich and thick like honey. Orchid and jasmine! Also a wee bit vegetal.

1st Steep: 20 seconds. This smells like vegetables, fresh buttered spinach. It’s still floral, orchid but now with a hint of lychee. Sweet, fruity.

2nd Steep: 20 seconds. Buttery! This steep has a creamy mouthfeel, not sweet but quite savory. I’m smelling kale! It’s less floral but still with the orchid element. More honey.

At this point I stopped, for some reason green oolongs (and ONLY green oolongs) have the tendency to make me a bit nauseous. I still love them, but 2 steeps + a rinse is my limit.

There’s such an interesting mix of sweet/savory here: butter, honey, spinach, flowers. It’s so complex, I saved my leaves and can’t wait to see what the next steeps bring tomorrow!

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drank Yuzu Oolong by Naivetea
1933 tasting notes

Sipdown, 240. This is among the last of the Naivetea samples that I got ages ago… a few of them are on my definite reorder list.

Oof, I have no idea how long this has been steeping, because when I checked my phone timer I didn’t notice, twice, that the timer was actually set to 2 hours and 3 minutes, not just 3 minutes.

Well it worked out ok. Love the base they use for their flavored oolongs… it’s so buttery and floral at the start, and then subtley flavored in a very masterful way. Drank this cup down quickly and am sad to see it go.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Kashyap

I also really enjoy the base tea they use and the fact that the flavorings are truly natural extracts and that they imbue the tea at the source of manufacture and also allow the flavors to merge with the tea during its drying stage, really sets the teas apart and add lush, fruity flavors that are rare in flavored teas

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drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
535 tasting notes

What a wonderful tea! I had forgotten that I had this one. This has many roasted, bread like notes mixed with an almost herbaceous sweetness. There are also some underlying green notes that I really love. As an introduction to both dong ding oolongs and Naivetea in general, this is really wonderful.

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drank Lavender Oolong by Naivetea
4 tasting notes

The initial aroma is rather strong, especially if you’re not used to lavender. However, I find that once steeped, the lavender settles down and doesn’t overtake the oolong’s natural notes, which is both surprising and pleasant. Quite relaxing for a late-night tea, as anything with pure lavender usually is.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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