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94
drank Shan Lin Shi by Naivetea
150 tasting notes

Another oolong. Am I in Love? Maybe…

Tightly rolled little emerald balls of joy with the most amazing aroma of flowers and freshly cut vegetation after a light rain. I find myself sticking my nose deep into my sample bag of Shan Lin Shi just to breathe every molecule of scent in. The pale yellow liquor is soft with a flavor that is equal parts steamed spinach and osmanthus, (in the very best way). So buttery, creamy, and delicious with a beautiful sweet lingering finish. SWOON

Dinosara

Sounds like my kind of tea!

TeaBrat

Naivetea is yummy!

Plunkybug

Ditto Dino!

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64

Pretty good for a floral tea, not overwhelmingly scented.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Naivetea
150 tasting notes

I’m a sucker for a good oolong and Wen Shan Bao Zhong is a GOOD oolong. I never cease to be impressed with how delectable a pure, simple, high quality tea can be.

This Bao Zhong has an intoxicating floral aroma dry, but this oolong has a lightly vegetal and almost savory flavor at first sip. A distinctive osmanthus essence with delicate orchid notes quickly takes over, and the finish is slightly creamy. Very, very, very good!

I was able to get seven flavorful steeps out of the leaves just as Naivetea promised.

AND I used this adorable little dude to brew my lovely Wen Shan Bao Zhong:
http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/teapots-teapot-sets/artisan-teapots/yixing-teapots/p/tiny-mouse-yixing-teapot

TeaBrat

I got some samples from Naivetea and I’ve been really happy with them all so far.

Jenn

I was super happy with this sample! I have a few more that I’m excited to try :)

E Alexander Gerster

Mmmm. Osmanthus and orchid tones get me drooling… I think I will have to give this one a try! I love the little mouse Yixing teapot and nod hello to the one in the window of my local Teavana. ;-)

Jenn

My husband brought the little mouse home to me one day unsolicited. He said that he saw the little guy in Teavana’s window and knew I’d love it. Of course, Teavana is near the Apple store so there may have been some guilt involved. I want the pervy monkey pot next. The one that looks like the tea is poring out of… you know. I want to shock my MIL with that one :)

TeaBrat

I wonder if I need a Yixing teapot? Do you notice a difference?

Jenn

I like that the mouse is the perfect size to brew oolongs gongfu for one person. Over time, the clay is supposed to cure and improve the flavor of subsequent infusions. We shall see.

ashmanra

Jenn, I love your mouse!

Jenn

Thank you! I love that little dude :)

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65
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
61 tasting notes

I still haven’t gotten around to testing some of my tea-of-the-month samplers, so I decided it was time to break them out (especially considering the November batch is coming soon).

This has a great roasted nutty flavor. I didn’t read up on it at all before steeping, so I wasn’t expecting anything in particular. So it was a pleasant surprise! It has a happy scent, too; it fills my room with that same nutty fragrance. It’s a nice tea for autumn. Works well with my current surroundings, with the falling leaves and brisk air (if I wasn’t sitting at work, that is).

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
6770 tasting notes

‘Tis the Season to GIVE :)
I’m really making a dent in my stash today! Woot!
Passing this one on to Alphakitty and Azzrian
One last cup to say Goodbye to this gem!

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
6770 tasting notes

Backlogging from earlier today – one hot cup and one cold…both tasty! See other notes…

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
6770 tasting notes

This has a roasted aroma going for it. They leaves are tightly wrapped. The post-infusion color is a medium brown – maybe a little on the lighter side of medium. The flavor is lovely. It’s a roasty-nutty flavor that is sweeter and silky. There are slight hints of a sugary flavor hiding in the background, too. The after taste is much like a roasted rice type taste. The more I drink this the more I like it. YUM!

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90
drank Da Yu Ling Oolong by Naivetea
2816 tasting notes

I haven’t been drinking very much oolong recently, I’ve been so busy sampling other things. :)

This is the last of my sample of this and I am enjoying it. It does have a delicate flowery aroma and the flavor is a mild sort of buttery peas. I am finding it very relaxing this morning. See my previous tasting notes for this tea.

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90
drank Da Yu Ling Oolong by Naivetea
2816 tasting notes

I recently got some high altitude oolongs from Naivetea to try. This one is sooo pleasing I could drink it all day. Very mellow, soft and mild. Vegetal and slightly floral with a delightful buttery aftertaste that lingers… fantastic if you like tea of this kind.

Make sure to keep the steeping time low for these, Naivetea provides very clear instructions for water temp & steeping times. Great for multiple infusions.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
596 tasting notes

I saved this for a cold-weather tasting, and it is excellent. Deep, rich, delicious and warming. Strongly recommended.

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
596 tasting notes

Wow! My preference is for greener oolongs, but this roasted oolong is stunning. It has an amazing, slightly savory flavor that is tasty now in August, but will also hit the spot come fall and winter. I need to spend more time with this before giving a number rating, but for now, this tea is wonderful.

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80
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
20 tasting notes

Phew, I’m so backlogged in tea reviews/adding teas to my tea cupboard it’s not even funny. Since it’s a long weekend here, I’m going to try and get through all of my backlogged reviews…

I was very lucky and won one of the Steepster Select boxes for October and this was included as one of the selections.

I steeped this in boiling water for 3 minutes (directions on the Steepster package, which is different than the directions on Naivetea’s website) and the leaves produced a beautiful light-amber tea with a toasted aroma with a slight herbaceous quality.

The taste was much softer and smoother than I had been expecting due to the aroma and there was a slight caramelized sugar and (very slight) floral finish. The roasting of the tea definitely comes through when I drink this tea and like LissaMarie commented, it reminds me quite a bit of genmaicha.

Though I enjoyed being able to try this tea, I don’t think the roasted oolongs are for me, so I really appreciate being able to try a bit of it without having to commit to a 50 or 100g purchase. My rating of 80 is due to the fact that it really is a lovely tea, just not my cup of tea (sorry, had to! :-P).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
4846 tasting notes

A delightful Oolong. I love the roasty-toasty-ness of it. It is sweet and savory. A light mouthfeel on this one with hints of a citrus-like tone toward the tail.

Very enjoyable … will be sipping many wonderful infusions of this!

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85
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
4846 tasting notes

This tea was certainly a welcome part of the Oolong October Steepster Select box. I haven’t had a Naivetea tea for a while, and I’ve missed their exceptional quality Oolong.

Toasty and warm. A delightful tea for the approaching autumn. Will write more about this one as I spend more time with it…

Indigobloom

sounds amazing! how was their customer service?

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92

This is really wonderful!!!!

A few things that come to mind right away while drinking this…

Subtle and relaxing…somewhat nutty, sweet, but fairly brothy…also sweet and floral but only a little bit! It has a nice buttery ending, too!

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90
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
61 tasting notes

This tea is amazing, but full of surprises. Before steeping I smelled this tea, and was surprised by the floral aroma. While steeping, the floral disappeared into a very dank earthy aroma. The tea has a similar earthy nature when you taste it. The earthiness gives way to a slight fruity and herbal flavor.

I am a fan, and can’t wait to see what re-steeping does to this tea.

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

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56
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
304 tasting notes

Scent is nutty and warm.

Taste is standard seed/nut of Oolong, but only lightly. The main portion reminds me of wheat…the dry raspy stalks rather than the seeds.

There is also a strong dark note I can’t place that covers the tongue as it cools.

Over-all? I like this but doubt I’d buy. Maybe, we’ll see as i have some more. This surprises me as I didn’t much care for American Tea Room’s Dong Ding… I wonder what the difference is? My tongue or something about the teas? Who knows? I’ll revisit the ATR’s one to test my taste buds.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
18 tasting notes

Wonderful lychee flavor and aroma! I followed the steeping instructions provided, and this tea was fantastic. With each subsequent steeping, the lychee flavor became more prominent and sweeter. It is a wonderful tea and will definitely be a staple.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Amy Alice

Maybe you will also like this kind of tea:Lychee black tea

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95
drank Li Shan Oolong by Naivetea
6770 tasting notes

Having a cup of this one before sending the rest to Liberteas, Azzrian, Alpakitty, and maybe the Replacement Traveling Box.

Totally LOVE this! Upping rating! See previous notes!

lcg842

I’m feeling a little lost (and out of the loop!). What is this “Replacement Traveling Box” of which you speak?

TeaEqualsBliss

A bunch of the Steepsters were doing a Traveling Tea Box Swap type thing and Box B got lost in the shuffle and I was next to get it and never did but volunteered to start it back up again and throw in 20 teas to send on to the next person :)

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95
drank Li Shan Oolong by Naivetea
6770 tasting notes

Soft, buttery, floral, sweet…
it’s been too long since I have had a nice Li Shan…this is lovely!

a tad nutty, certainly NOT lacking SMOOTHness!
YAY! YAY for Li Shan and Naivetea!

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70
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
54 tasting notes

Also known as ‘tung ting’ or ‘frozen summit’ this is a wonderful tea from Nantou area of Taiwan ( a varietal export from the Wu Yi mountains in China) and one of my favorites (that I always keep in stock). This is the first time I’ve had chance to sample this tea from a direct Taiwanese importer like Naivetea, having usually gotten this from other sources. I am used to this tea having a very rich, buttery, vegetal sweetness with a deep, sweet and clean undertone. So I saved this sample for the last after having gone through an amazing sample box kindly sent to me by this company. I wanted to make my last cup from this beautiful gift woven with one of my favorite teas.

Dong Ding Oolong ~ naivetea
Dry Aroma: rich, intense nose, elements of toasted wood, soft smoky hint, and buttery vegitables that causes the palate to salivate
Wet Aroma: woody spicy and smokyness, deep vegetal and puffed rice
Appearance: Dark olive green, tightly rolled (almost pinhead gunpowder) leaves with some hints at orange/copper stems – a much tighter roll then I usually associate with this tea.
Cup:
1st extraction: A deep luster of rich honey yellow and green umber hued liqour. A smooth, butter sweet creamy body, clean- refreshing finish with layers of wood, toasted rice, and hints of kiwi flesh. Sweet lingering finish and without astrigency. Steeped for 3 minutes in 190 degree water.
2nd: a resonate yellow-green olive oil color. Toasted, woody, spicy notes with a finishing sweetness. Very expressive and layered with clean, full bodied finish. Steeped for 4 minutes in 180 degree water.
3rd: deep green olive with nearly cat-eye orange-yellow color. notes of toasted bamboo, vegetal spicy, fleshy fruit mouthfeel, and developing astringency. Steeped in 170 degree water for 6 minutes.
4th: pale yellow extraction. Soft Genmaicha/Hojicha taste with body still present and mild flavor and color. Steeped in 170 degree water for 8 minutes. The leaves are when fully hydrated are much smaller, curved and the stems much thinner and twisted then I’ve seem from this tea. The leaves color is very dark green and seem very well picked and crafted.
My final comments are that this is a wonderful tea and very worth the purchase. It seems to be very well cared for in its processing and its oxidation and is amazingly uniform in its final dried shape. I normally relish the rich buttery, deep vegetal flavors I get from ‘frozen summit’ teas and so was a bit surprised by the almost puffed rice/toasted/smoky flavors, but the overall balance succeeded in making this a great tea, just not what I usually expect from this region and this style of tea.
Many Kudo’s to the people out at Naivetea for their amazing gift and I look forward to more from them.

Method: 3grams of tea in a 6 oz traditional Taiwanese gawian.

I should also say, that considering this tea varietal is from Wu Yi Mountains in China, I have to admit this is probably the first time I have tasted distinctly this link…the flavors were very similar to some I would expect from teas from both regions…very neat.

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

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76
drank Li Shan Oolong by Naivetea
54 tasting notes

Li Shan Oolong
Lightly oxidized oolong from one of the highest elevation tea regions in Central Taiwan.

Dry aroma: nutty, oceanic, sweet, light-soft toasted note
Wet aroma: floral – almost lilac , vegetal, buttery….
Appearance: tightly rolled leaf and stem, dark green with jade marbling
Cup: Pale yellow liqour with slight green luminence, clear and bright. Full mouth feel with smooth, light body, a lingering gentle astringency and sweetness on the finish. An almost gyokuro-like grassy/sweet profile, with soft silky layers of subtle flavors reminescent of cream, lilac, and brussle sprouts. Exceptionally clean. Gave 4 solid extractions using:
3 grams in a 6oz Taiwanese gawain, with 180 degree water, steeping for 3 minutes, with following extractions having cooler water temps and longer steep times.

I am a big fan of lightly oxidized oolongs and have a tendency to prefer them buttery, crisp, complex and lingering. This falls into that range, but the flavors are so subtle (even after making space for this early in the morning, before eating – as not to complicate the taste buds – the flavors were still so elusive that I wish it had more bold distinction). I would still highly recommend.

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

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71
drank Osmanthus Oolong by Naivetea
54 tasting notes

Osmanthus Oolong
High altitude oolong infused with osmanthus – Taiwan origin
Dry: deep note of floral and exotic fruit, almost oriental spicy mustard with high nasal bite and brightness
Wet: scent of fresh custard, clarified butter, yuzu, lime, and nutty
Appearance: tightly rolled, lightly oxidized leaves with fine, yellow and orange floral threads
Cup: bright, clear deep yellow liquor with pale, lemon hues at the edge of the cup. Initial flavors of traditional lightly oxidized oolong, sweet-cream and floral, but quickly gives way to a rich yuzu-like fruity flavor that vanishes and is replaced by a sweet lingering finish, which again transforms into a building flavor along the edges of the tongue. Flavor builds with each sip and seems to be perfectly balanced between the expression of the oolongs natural flavors and the introduced flavors of the osmanthus- both having expression and neither dominating.
Brewing method: 17 oz. double layered glass mug from www.sunsteas.com, decanted into teaspot infuser mug. 4grams of tea in 180 degree water, steeped 4 minutes and then water temp. increased and steep time increased for following steeps (4).

a lovely display of flavor awareness and balance and perhaps the best expression of osmanthus that I’ve tried that didn’t seem heavy handed or overly dominant over the tea.

does have a mild astringency over successive cups, would recommend this as a compliment in a Thai restaurant to pair up with galangal and spicy dishes or as a side to a traditional lychee or custard dessert.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Amazing stuff, I drank this all day re-steep after re-steep. The flavor lasts and never gives up. It tastes so natural. The lychee and oolong are perfectly balanced no flavor takes the other over. They play very well together. Delicious! Thank you SororiTEA for sharing this offer.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Paul M Tracy

Lychee must be in season as it seems I’m seeing it everywhere. I almost bought a tin from H & S but I didn’t want that much in case I didn’t like it. I really like the actual fruit though.

Charisma

Oh man! I’m a sucker for lychee oolongs… I might have to give this one a try :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

It really was awesome. I could have even steeped it more but alias it was time for bed.

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