Naivetea

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72

There was no question that I’d be having a cup of this today. Probably my most floral tea, and rosey to boot. When still very hot this cup seemed almost too floral for me, which is again something I am not used to, but as it cools the florals seem to mellow a bit and the oolong comes out. All the same, I’m just not feeling this one as much as I thought I would. Maybe it’s a particular floral in there (the calendula?) that I’m not as much of a fan of. Even my second steep, which is far less floral, still just doesn’t make me as excited as I would expect to be, being a lover of most things floral and green oolong. Ah well, I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t order a whole tin of this back when I put this order in!

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

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72

It’s been quite an up-and-down day, and certainly a busy one without time to stop for tea yet. I’ve been at work all day and I am just now sitting down at my computer at 4pm. Crazy! Anyway, I wanted a tea I knew I would love, but I wanted something new. I also wanted an oolong, and luckily I have a boatload of new oolongs to try still. This tea is kind of a compromise between old and new because I’m pretty sure I’ve had it before from Butiki Tea (how many rose violet calendula oolongs could there be?), but this is from my Naivetea sampler pack.

The dry leaf smells fantastic. It’s a lush, thick combination of florals, which of course I love. Rose and jasmine are the two most common florals for tea, yet they are so infrequently put together. It seems like it’s because of the rose=black and jasmine=green dicotomy… well leave it to an oolong to bring them together. I love the combination, which really comes out in the aroma of the steeped tea. I’m not as familiar with the individual aromas of violet and calendula (though I know violet a little better than calendula), but they definitely add to the thick floral aroma.

If you don’t love floral teas, do not even try this one. I am a floral nut, so I love it, but this particular cup borders on perfumy even for me. I know! Maybe shorter steeps or a rinse would yield less strong florals, but I don’t mind of course. This tea does have that light natural sweetness to it that I love as well. Whenever I’m in the mood to drink a bouquet of flowers, this is the tea to go for.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Tabby

Really curious about rose + violet…

Ellyn

This sounds really interesting! Adding it to my list…

TeaBrat

I even liked it and I normally hate floral teas

Dinosara

I’m surprised because it is so floral! Maybe it’s has to do with the different kinds of florals involved?

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80
drank A Li Shan by Naivetea
1943 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea for just about a year now (ordered the sample packages from Naivetea’s black friday sale last year), and have sinced discovered that although I enjoy taiwanese high-mountain oolongs, they just don’t excite me that much. I decided today that I wanted to use up the rest of my sample, which probably had between 5 and 3 grams (a bit more than one tablespoon) left in it. It was more than I usually steep “western style” in my 12oz mug, but I decided to throw it in there and give it a 1 minute steep for the heck of it.

And I’m pretty pleased with the results! It smells lovely, all buttery and floral. I was feeling a bit meh about finishing up the rest of this tea, but it has reminded me that I do enjoy drinking these teas, even if they’re not among my faves.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80
drank A Li Shan by Naivetea
1943 tasting notes

I really do love the smell of these high-altitude oolongs. The taste too, but really I love the smell. So creamy and floral and oolongy. That pretty much applies to the flavor of this one, which is a really nice version. I find most of these high-altitude taiwanese oolongs to be more floral and fresh and less buttery and creamy than other green oolongs I’ve had. I called this one “creamy” but it’s not creamy like a jin xuan is creamy… there’s just a hint of creaminess in the main part of the flavor, but then there’s a bit of oolong astringency (the palate-cleansing kind) in the aftertastes. It’s a tea I really, very much enjoy drinking, but not one I crave a lot.

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

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80
drank A Li Shan by Naivetea
1943 tasting notes

Wow, I’m the first one to log this tea? Along with the infused tea sampler set I got black friday weekend, I also ordered the high altitude sampler set because the teas sounded interesting but were not teas I’d ever had before. So this is my first A Li Shan/Ali Shan Oolong! Obviously the only thing I have to compare it to is the Tieguanyins I’ve had, but I do have an Ali Shan sample from thepuriTea to try later as well.

Steeped the western way… all these oolongs do make me want a gaiwan, though. The dry leaf on this one smelled the most floral of all the high altitude set, so I decided to try it first (yup, I’m a floral junkie). The steeped tea smells really really good. That warm, buttery, sweet, floral aroma… yum.

Mm, I’m enjoying this one. Nicely floral, nicely sweet, nicely leafy/vegetal. I’m afraid I’m not really able to pick out subtle differences of this varietal compared to other green oolongs, but maybe if I had them back to back. I also feel like though my western-style brew is delicious, I’m missing out on the subtle flavors that change from short steeping to short steeping. In any case, this is a really delicious tea, and I can say I definitely also enjoy Ali Shans!

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

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99
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1943 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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99
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1943 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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99
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1943 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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99
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1943 tasting notes

My university is totally killing me lately. They have not been able to get my pay disbursement right, and even their attempts at fixing it have been royally f***ed up. Plus now my university email address is bouncing all mail sent to it. Joy! >:(

I needed some nice, relaxing tea. I haven’t had any of my Naivetea teas in a long time, even though there are some that I am head over heels with. This is one of those teas.

Oh my god why have I not drank this recently. This tea is so absolutely delicious its mind blowing. So incredibly naturally sweet, it’s as if I’m actually drinking passion fruit juice, but better because there is amazing green oolong flavor behind it. Gotta drink this more often, and get a whole tin of it from Naivetea at some point.

Well this is certainly making me feel a bit better. Can always rely on tea.

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

I have to look this place up! I don’t believe I have ever had their teas and you make this one sound AMAZING!
Sorry about the college stuff – sounds screwy to say the least!
Why can’t people do their jobs right???

Dinosara

They have some of the best flavored oolongs out there. I highly recommend checking them out! And they have neat build-your-own sampler packs.

Also, your last question is something I ask myself frequently! :P

Azzrian

LOL – I will check them out – I love build your own sampler packs like Della Terra has! Checking them out now – but being mindful I need to pay bills haha!

BlueKittyMeow

Nothing in my life, including getting the runaround when starting a business in NYC has ever been as complicated as dealing with university bureaucracy. :( And I didn’t have nice tea then either! That might have helped a little… I hope it all gets cleared up quickly!

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99
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
1943 tasting notes

This was another of the must try asap teas that I just got because I am absolutely nuts for passion fruit, and again combining that with oolong was something I had to try. The smell of the dry tea is astoundingly identical to a fresh passion fruit. Not passion fruit juice or any other passion fruit flavored thing I have ever encountered, but the smell of fresh, ripe passion fruit when you crack it open and slurp out the insides. I am transported to Tanzania, where I ate dozens of passion fruit from the market. I haven’t smelled that aroma in years because it’s so hard to find fresh passion fruit where I live. Not to mention it probably wouldn’t compare to eating it fresh where its grown. How do they do that?? There’s just a richness, a depth, a leafy complexity that really comes from the rind of the fruit more than the pulp. Just wow.

I steeped this one for two minutes based on my experience with the lychee oolong. The liquor is a medium yellow and has that buttery oolong aroma overlain with the same juicy passion fruit aroma I described above. The flavor is wonderful, really amazing. I like passion fruit juice/nectar a lot, but it’s not like eating the actual fruit. This tea IS like eating the actual fruit. And maybe then drinking a nice cup of green, buttery, floral oolong. But really, the oolong melds so well with the passion fruit flavor that it’s tricking my brain into believing that it is part of the passion fruit flavor. That’s really the only way I can describe it because it is so that one singular experience that it’s not a combination of flavors anymore. Totally amazing. So glad I found this tea company!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

I love Passion Fruit! Thankfully we have it in Ecuador all year! Have you seen the passion fruit flower? It is one of the most beautiful and interesting flowers I have seen… It is up there with the lychee flower. I highly recommend googling them to see them!

Yum Passion Fruit….

Kashyap

Naivetea is without a doubt the best flavored oolong blender I have yet run across..I normally wouldn’t touch a flavored oolong and would mourn its flavor slathered character, but their teas converted me….this one was interesting but nothing compared to the lychee, white peach, and grape…the osmanthus is the best I’ve had as well

Dinosara

I have seen a passion fruit flower, and yes they are amazing! I have heard that I could actually grow a variety of passion flower here, but I’ve never tried. Maybe some day!

Kashyap

I know someone who grows them in Ohio

TeaBrat

I loved this one too! Love, love, love!

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90
drank Strawberry Oolong by Naivetea
2353 tasting notes

This one is just so nice. One thing I like about Naivetea’s flavored oolongs is they don’t seem fake or artificial in anyway. This has a light strawberry flavor that is just really delicious. I highly recommend them!

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90
drank Strawberry Oolong by Naivetea
2353 tasting notes

I liked this pretty well but I think the passionfruit oolong from Naivetea is still my favorite of the flavored bunch I had the pleasure to try.

This is a tea which is meant to be savored and appreciated. The strawberry flavor is here but it is very slight and subtle. I am intrigued by their process for flavoring tea which they describe as thus:

“Also in the Naivetea family are a selection of teas infused with the essence of fruits and flowers, such as lychee, peach and lavender. Unlike many commercially-infused teas, which are simply “sprayed” with the flavor, Naivetea’s are infused the traditional way, by allowing the tea to actually absorb the flavors naturally from the raw ingredients after the fermentation process”.

This is not a dessert tea and it does not taste like gummy bears. It’s an oolong that has been lightly kissed by strawberry essence. I am getting more of a buttery flavor here with my second steep. Very enjoyable, I think this would be fabulous in the summer…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

ahh yes, isn’t it the worst when the tea (esp oolong and white) is overpowered by the added flavours!?

TeaBrat

It is nice when you can taste a bit of tea among the flavoring. :)

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95
drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
1943 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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95
drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
1943 tasting notes

Since I returned to Naivetea last week and had the passionfruit oolong and was reminded how amazing these teas are, I decided to pull out the lychee version this afternoon. I love love love lychees. I love how they’re a mix of rosey and fruity, and any time I find lychee-flavored anything I have to buy it (found lychee mochi ice cream at the grocery store the other day—amazing!).

This tea, like the passionfruit, is so amazing. The flavors are so real, like eating fresh lychees and drinking a fantastic high-mountain green oolong tea at the same time. Love it so much. These oolongs seem more like jasmine pearls than they do other flavored teas, in that they don’t seem flavored but infused by the flavors (and indeed, that’s what Naivetea calls them, infused), like they’ve been sitting around with lychees soaking up the aroma. Totally delicious.

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

Lychee is an incredible fruit. his perfume is really unique. I never taste a lychee flavoured tea.I should try !

Tamm

I really love lychee too! I have had good and bad experiences with lychee teas, but this one always sounded exceptional.

Nik

Neeeeeeed to try this.

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95
drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
1943 tasting notes

I haven’t had this one since I first tried it a while ago, which means I haven’t had it since I figured out that I prefer Naivetea’s oolongs steeped at 2 minutes, not three. I love love lychees and lychee-flavored things, so this tea is a definite fit for me.

I do like it with a slightly shorter steep as it keeps the vegetal-ness from overwhelming the other more delicate flavors. This is such a great balance between the lychee and the oolong base. When it’s still pretty hot I get more lychee than oolong, but as it cools more of that buttery, smooth oolong comes out. I think also the “oolongy” flavors (florals and such) blend together well with the floral-ness of the lychee so it’s hard to take them apart. This tea is definitely on my re-buy list, along with their Passion Fruit Oolong.

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

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95
drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
1943 tasting notes

I was super psyched about Naivetea’s black friday sale because I’ve really wanted to try their oolongs. I ended up with an infused (flavored) oolong sample set and a high-altitude oolong sample set, and they sent a free sample of Wen Shan Bao Zhong all of which I’m very excited about. It was hard to choose the first one, but this was it because I love lychees and I really want to see them paired with a green oolong.

The scent on the dry leaf of this is amazing. So very lychee-ful. It really has that floral, fruity, fresh aroma of a bag full of lychees. I could just smell the dry leaf all day, which is a good sign. I chose to steep it like I steep most green oolongs and not quite according to their directions because I don’t really have that kind of setup (basically gong-fu) right now. Smelling the brewed tea, it’s amazing how much the oolong has come forward. It has that kind of buttery, floral, slightly greenish aroma that I love, and the juicy lychee aroma hanging out underneath the higher floral notes.

In the flavor the lychee comes back to the forefront, it seems. The first thing I get is a burst of fruity and floral lychee, and then the green oolong base comes up with a vegetal, rich base. I think I might drop my steep time for this to 2 minutes just because I think I think the vegetal tones of the oolong are just a touch overdone at this time. I originally wrote that I was missing the buttery flavor, but as it’s cooled that has definitely made itself known. It’s lacking that natural sweetness that I feel like would just make this tea mindblowing (though I am getting a hint of it in the aftertaste as the tea continues to cool down to just warm), but it’s still a fantastic tea. Lychee is really the perfect pairing for an oolong with its floral notes to begin with, and in this tea it is just so juicy and awesome. This is a really good example of a flavored tea with a nice balance between flavoring and high quality tea base.

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

they are all great teas… :)

Dinosara

I can’t wait to try them all!

TeaBrat

I find they are better at the 2nd or 3rd steep for some reason…

Charles Thomas Draper I too find Oolongs are much better with the 2nd or 3rd steep.
Indigobloom

as do I!! It seems to “wash” away the harshness

ashmanra

And I find them irresistible as they begin to cool and all those lovely flavors come out to play. MMMM.

SimplyJenW

Oh, I am going to keep them on my list to try. This sounds amazing!

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91
drank Yuzu Oolong by Naivetea
2353 tasting notes

I’m finishing this sample up today… it’s a nice fruity flowery oolong mix. :))

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91
drank Yuzu Oolong by Naivetea
2353 tasting notes

Such a delicious treat… if high altitude oolong and yuzu gave birth to a butter pastry and somehow it all became tea… I upped the rating a wee bit today. Naivetea is delightful!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Yuzu Oolong by Naivetea
2353 tasting notes

Another flavored oolong from my Naivetea sampler.

I did not know exactly what a yuzu was (aside from it being a type of fruit). Upon smelling it I was expecting something very tart like a pink grapefruit tea. There is a citrus note here, however I am finding it exceedingly subtle. I believe the base of this tea is an ali shan.

There is a lingering sweetness here in the finish that is difficult to describe, Sweet and vegetal, perhaps I am reminded of corn.

Overall I do not think I like this quite as well as Naivetea’s passionfruit oolong but I still like it quite a lot. The yuzu flavor is very delicate and allows the base notes of the oolong to come through. Does not taste artificial or cloying at all. Another job very well done by Naivetea. Check this out if you are looking for a gentle flavored oolong.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Dinosara

Naivetea’s flavored oolongs (and heck, their unflavored ones!) are high on my list of things I want to try. They sound so good!

TeaBrat

yes, I highly recommend them

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88

This is a truly excellent tea. So many roasted Ti Kuan Yins taste primarily of “roast” while this tea allows some of the floral sweetness to peak through. Stunning.

TeaBrat

I had it the other day, it’s good!

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88

I’m not normally crazy about roasted tie guan yin, but this is really quite delicious. Rating number coming soon.

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88

Really quite delightful. Sweet and floral with hints of violet.

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97
drank Mu Zha Tie Guan Yin by Naivetea
2353 tasting notes

I am going to a party tonight so more caffeine is ok for the time being. :)

This came as a free sample with the last Dong Ding oolong I got from Naivetea. I have been very impressed with the consistent quality and deliciousness across their product line. There is a clean and bright quality that is captured so well.

I am a fan of some of the darker roasted oolongs. When these tea leaves are wet they smell like burnt caramel and toast. There is a sweetness here and a smoothness that is quite delightful. I am wondering how mere water is transformed into such deliciousness!

After 4 steeps the tea shows no signs of losing its flavor and just seems to keep getting sweeter and more candy like. I do not think I like it quite as well as the Dong Ding (which got 100 from me) but it is still rather spectacular.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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