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93
drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Naivetea
190 tasting notes

The first thing that I noticed is that the leaves are much larger than the small hand rolled balls of oolong teas that are popular.The dry leaves are a beautiful deep green color with hints of lighter green. The shape of the tea was twisted and long in length. The dry leaves smell a bit nutty and roasted,and the tea really smells like it has been toasted.

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87
drank Kyoho Grape Oolong by Naivetea
328 tasting notes

This tea tastes like a mix of concord grapes or punch. Naturally sweet, w/again the high quality oolong in the background. Light and refreshing and summery.

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90
drank Mint Oolong by Naivetea
328 tasting notes

This is not bitter or harsh like some mints. And the oolong provides a creamy background. Like Laura said in her note, like the creamy center of a peppermint patty. And this is naturally sweet. No sugar for this one.

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90
drank Mint Oolong by Naivetea
328 tasting notes

Like a creamy minty refreshing goodness. No mint leaves are in this blend so it must be infused w/some oils. But the sharpness of the mint is mellowed by the green oolong. And it is good for several infusions…

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92

a honey-glazed celebration of toasted o’s heated over sweet wood chips. Score= 93 and Review # 280 on Walker Tea Review

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89

A fine example of the under-appreciated value of aftertaste; great lasting character. Review 267 on Walker Tea Review

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91

powdery astringency flowed beautifully with light broth and extended aftertaste

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92
drank Formosa Oolong by Naivetea
61 tasting notes

WTR score of 92 because it is well balanced and extended aftertaste. However, if you are chasing more intense aroma, seek Rishi’s Bai Hao Hsinchu.

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77
drank Shan Lin Shi by Naivetea
120 tasting notes

The dry leaves of this tea are very dark curled balls. Their dark green hue matches well with the heavy but smooth aroma. My imagination runs wild at the thought of this tea being cultivated so high up, and near a protected wilderness area. It seems like a truly exciting place!

When brewed the leaves produce a bright yellow liquor that’s completely transparent. The steeped aroma is smooth and easy with overtones of grilled leeks and hints of other vegetal flavors.

On the palate the brew remains smooth. A buttery texture emerges as it coats the entirety of the mouth. There’s no astringency here at all. The liquor is very heavy in the mouth, a byproduct of its creaminess. The flavors remain vegetal, but are seriously subdued. Roasted leeks remain on my mind the most.

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

Dark curled balls- LOL!

Tea-Guy

What is this, middle school? ;-)

Cofftea

Balls comments are a running joke here and normally I find them very tasteless and middle schoolish as well, but the dark and curled threw me. I think it’s because I got very angry at my ex a couple nites ago and I’m still not over it.

Tea-Guy

LOL. Sucks about the fight or whatever. I hate those. I always drink a warm glad of tea steeped from dark curled balls to let off some steam. ;-)

Cofftea

Not a fight- hacking. But I changed my passwords and stuff and it’s all good now.

Tea-Guy

If my SO hacked into anything of mine, they’d be gone. But that’s just me. And It’d take a whole lot of effort to crack my passwords.

They’re all between 18 and 25 characters long. ;-)

Cofftea

Well as I said, he is no longer my SO. Hasn’t been for over a year. So that’s done lol.

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75
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
120 tasting notes

One brewed the leaves produce a light amber-caramel liquor. The steeped aroma more savory than the dry aroma if that can be believed. The roasty nuttiness of this brew has some weight to it, almost meaty.

With a smooth feel and overtones of roasted vegetables and a honeyed edge you’re drawn to savor this tea’s product. Once past the initial palate sensation I noted more vegetal nuance with each sip.

While not astringent or puckery this tea has a long vegetal tails which grows lighter with each steeping. You can expect a good three or four steeps from this tea before any notable flavor degradation kicks in. I used a good seven or eight steeps before I was essentially drinking water.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Yuzu Oolong by Naivetea
69 tasting notes

Truly, no one does fragrance infused (flavored) oolong like Naivetea. I was recently lucky enough to receive a sampler of Naivetea’s oolong. I have tried several of them previously via Teaviews, but not all of them. After a tough workout earlier today, this Yuzu was sounding particular refreshing even though I already know that it is not my favorite amongst their offerings.

I did notice that Naivetea has slightly revised their infusion instructions from my original sampling of it. They are recommending a 50 second infusion time on the first steep rather than their original 30 sec. I must say that I am pleased with this tweak. While it is possible that the oolong base changed as well (I believe it is Ali Shan), I found a much stronger butter presence in the first infusion. The flavor profile is rather full and is of rather natural, sweet grapefruit flavor that is both zesty and refreshing. I originally scored this a 7.5 on Teaviews (a 75 Steepster rating) and given this new nuance, I am bumping the score up a couple of points.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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72
drank Formosa Oolong by Naivetea
120 tasting notes

The leaves of this fabled tea are a mix of light brown, white and green and the aroma reminds of stone fruits such as peach or plum.

When brewed the liquor turns an amber hue with tinges of yellow at the edges. The steeped aroma turns more to hay or Autumn leaves with hints of a sweet nectar.

When imbibing I found peach and nectarine flavors while the smooth liquor evoked images of a sweet cobbler.

A slight astringency leads to a light drying of the roof of the mouth with the flavor of Autumnal leaves making its way into the finish and holding for a fairly long tail.

I would recommend this oolong to fans of Himalayan teas, Orthodox Assams, very light black teas, Silver Tips teas and other oolongs.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Da Yu Ling Oolong by Naivetea
3 tasting notes

this is one of the best flavor tea from Naivetea. have a very refreshing taste.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Mint Oolong by Naivetea
3 tasting notes

I love that cool, refreshing taste in my mouth, highly recommend

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Osmanthus Oolong by Naivetea
3 tasting notes

excellent. u could find a better tea than Naivetea

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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95

refreshingly bright, orchidy and pleasantly vegetal. it is such a great light oolong.

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100

Just one sip – it feels like my palate had a trip to the spa!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100

this tea is great cold!!! light strawberry taste blends well with the oolong.

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100

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100
drank Mint Oolong by Naivetea
3 tasting notes

nice minty taste…blends well with the oolong

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100

Simply delicous :) The passionfruit aroma was very strong but the taste was a mild bit of citrus paired with a very nice creamy oolong.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Mint Oolong by Naivetea
81 tasting notes

Mint + Oolong = Happy Nicole

Creamy and refreshing, I think I’m in love :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
LauraR

I liked this one too….liked that creamy mint thing.

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76

I really like this one. Just a hint of lavender. The second infusion had the best balance of flavors. A little too sweet after drinking six cups of it :p

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

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100
drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
2 tasting notes

This was an incredible oolong with the perfect amount of Lychee flavor that lasted throughout your steepsings. I was thoroughly impressed with the not only the flavor but the quality of oolong. One of my favorites for sure.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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