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I love Alishan. Of the many types of Oolong teas available, Alishan is probably my favorite. I can’t think of another Oolong type that I enjoy more than Alishan. But, I didn’t know how the charcoal roasting would affect the delightfully floral, sweet, crisp flavor of the Alishan that I know and love.
I am glad that I can taste those notes of the Alishan, as well as a foreground of toasty, charcoal-y, earthiness. Sweet, roasted nut flavor melds so beautifully with the floral notes, giving this Alishan a more rugged flavor, more masculine in a way, but still keeping in touch with its light and flowery side too.
Truly a delight … deliciously different.
YUP! This is Alishan – Medium Charcoal – that sums it up!
The Alishan is lovely and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to still taste it the way I was hoping…but I can and I’m VERY pleased!
The Charcoal is pretty good as well! At first I thought it was a bit stronger than what I would consider Medium-Roasted but after a few sips I totally agree!
Right in the middle of the sip I can taste a welcoming creaminess ‘sandwiched’ inbetween the roasted and charcoal tastes at the beginning and end of the sip.
This is a nifty Charcoal/Alishan! NUMMY NUMMY!
Creamy-Vegetal, perhaps? Regardless…I LIKE IT!
It’s also light and fluffy. A tad sweet and maybe even the slightest-slightest hint of ‘stone’ or ‘mineral’ taste trying to hide underneath.
I can’t help but eek out an “mmmm” as I continue to sip…as if it were my first!
A very nice Oolong! Thumbs up!
Second infusion of the leaves …
still very honey-esque… the heavy caramel-y notes are lighter this time around. Still there, just not quite as pronounced. The same is true for the chocolate-y notes: still there, just lighter in flavor.
This lighter presentation of the previously strong, forward notes allow for more exploration of the other flavors within the tea. The fruit notes taste much more peach-y, with lovely notes of plum. Sweet with hints of sour for contrast, but definitely more sweet than sour. The floral notes are still not really strong here, but I don’t usually get strong notes of flower with a darker Oolong anyway, so I’m not disappointed by the lack of flower here. I taste very vague, faint notes if I slurp. I also taste more chocolate if I slurp, so slurping here is very much encouraged!
A tea that is delightfully good through two infusions.
This is a lovely tea – and it does indeed taste like a cross between a high quality black tea and an Oolong, with notes reminiscent of the long since gone “Dawn” from the Simple Leaf as well as notes that are very distinctly like a fine Oriental Beauty Oolong.
The first few sips present a very chocolate-y, honey-caramel-y taste that it’s hard to taste much else. But that’s alright, because these flavors are so decadent and rich and satisfying, what else could one want? After those first few sips, other flavors start to emerge. I notice fruity tones in the distance, sort of plum-ish with notes of peach. If I slurp I notice hints of flower in the way-off distance. Just mere hints of it, like a whisper of floral tones in the air during springtime.
It’s really a remarkable tea, I like this one a whole lot.
I remember really liking the Winter 2011 Lishan Tian Fu Oolong from T-Ooolong Tea and now I am blessed with this little gem!
I think this one is a little more mellow but still super tasty! It’s mouth-watering and a little sweet. It’s nice and even from start to finish. A nice Sipping OR Gulping Oolong. YUMMY!
My favorite Oolong teas are Alishan, although, I’ve got to admit that Shanlinxi teas are providing some stiff competition. This Oolong is amazing! So sweet and creamy … and yet so light and crisp.
The third and fourth infusions are stronger, but, smoother. The floral notes are really apparent in these infusions, resting on the back of the palate while also melding with the creamy notes.
It’s really quite an interesting tea – if you like Ali Shan Oolongs you might just find that you also enjoy Shanlinxi. They’re similar, but there are striking and intriguing differences too. Very lovely!
I love the beautiful and gentle aroma of Formosa Oolong and Oriental Beauties! This one has THAT kind of scent to it…makes my mind wander to a far away land – much like the worlds portrayed in the Avatar Movie, for some reason.
Anyways…T-Oolongtea really ROCKS the Oolongs…I mean they DO specialize in Oolongs enough to name their company after them, right!? I think I have enjoyed – on some level – everything I have tried from them so far.
This has a juicy-floral-herbally oolong taste going on as well as a hint of ‘crust’ which I think it neat!
I must say the bakey/bready/cakey/crusty hint is my favorite trait in this one. I am surprised it is a tad fruity tho…but I like surprises!
This is different than I expected but darn delightful!
oooooo! Interesting. This smells like a syrupy honey but also a cakey/bakey-type oolong!
The taste is nice and even…from start to finish. It’s hardy and crusty-crisp. It does have a pastry-type flavor element to it, too!
The aftertaste hints at a Formosa/Beauty Oolong but it’s a different story prior to that. A nice surprise, indeed!
I like this one quite a bit!
This is easily one of my finest Oolongs I have ever tasted!
I love the unique notes it brings to the table – I’ve been enjoying it with my gaiwan, combining two steeps at the time.
It started out super creamy with amazing NUTMEG notes! Transforming into a chewy ginger cookie!!! I couldn’t have picked a better oolong for this transition into fall.
Thank you SO MUCH TeaEqualsBliss for sharing this with me! It is SO good!
(It’s even better paired with maple cookies!)
Ohhhh! Where have you been all my life?
This is spectacular!
It’s Rich, Creamy, Sweet, Brothy, and both sip-able and/or Gulp-able! It has notes of Honeysuckle but also lime and lime type flavors.
I reviewed this previously, but that was last year’s harvest, and this is a whole new harvest! Yay!
I’m on my third and fourth infusions now, almost finished with this cup so I will be moving on to my fifth and sixth infusions. The first two infusions were very strongly floral – lovely honeysuckle with a hint of orchid in the background. Very nice. It is a smooth tasting tea, not so much what I’d call creamy, but more soft and silky smooth, especially in the first two infusions. This second cup has a little bit of a buttery tone emerging, along with more fruit tones.
A very enjoyable cup, I look forward to the next!
This is beautifully crisp!
It’s sweet, a little fruity, and hydrating and crisp…much like iceberg lettuce!
A delightful Oolong! Really wonderful!
This is really different! It’s a cross between a Black and an Oolong…literally!
“Taiwan Honey Black Tea Oolong is produced following the method of making black tea oolong tea and using the raw tea leaves for oriental beauty. The oxidation of this tea is between black tea and oriental beauty oolong to preserve the flavor of black tea and the taste of oriental beauty oolong.”
This has a rich yet dry, sweet, and smooth type taste. I would totally agree in saying that it’s complex! I like Complex! I can pick up on the honey notes…it might be leaning more towards a mead flavor and not a commercially-sweet or flavored honey, if that makes sense.
I’m just finishing my 2nd cup of this and it’s certainly a tea that makes you think!
This is Dandy!
Aroma is floral, honeysuckle, and something near caramel.
Flavor is Honeysuckle at first and then BAM!!!! Change up to something like pixie-sticks type sugary-POW that pops in and out and then changes to a plum, peach, powdered-sugar taste that completely surprised me!
I can’t help but love this one! WOWZA! I’m going to share this one with my girl, DaisyChubb!
I believe it was Mercuryhime who sent this one to me a while back! Thanks very much!!!
Dry – this smells like slightly buttered and salted spinach and artichokes with peach notes. VERY interesting aroma!
While it’s infusing it smells more like a greener oolong with milky oolong tendencies.
I’m not sure how many Arishan Mountain Range Teas I have tried but I think I can count them on one hand.
This is incredibly creamy but not an intense milky creamy like other milky oolong – I agree with Mercuryhime there! It’s more of a green flavor, much like a green tea or a greenest of the oolongs anyways.
There are vegetal flavors that pop in and out which I am enjoying very much!
This one sure makes ya think! And I think I like it!
This kind of smells like a milk oolong but it tastes quite different. It’s more floral, a little vegetal, and a bit lime-like. It’s fairly smooth. The aftertaste is a little sweet but I wouldn’t say the actual sip is sweet, if that makes sense. Honeysuckle! Yes…Honeysuckle! I smell it and I taste it! Ah-ha!
A gentle Oolong flavor with a hint of buttered veggies is always a nice way to start things off – at least that is how I feel! :)
It smells like it tastes and it tastes like it smells! This is a nice no-nonsense type oolong! It’s rich and has a hint of fruit to it in additional to being slightly vegetal. It’s NOT bitter. I can’t quite put my finger on what type of fruit I am picking up…perhaps pear or nectarine – something rather subtle.
Regardless – I like this one A LOT
This is a real gem!
Post infusion the color of the leaves are that of a steamed Broccoli! Vibrant and Fresh GREEN!
It’s not as creamy as some of the Milk Oolongs I have tried but the flavor is unique and springy-green! There is a sweet-sour flip-flop going on and I like that! It also has a smooth end sip and as it cools a bit I can pick up the milky notes more!
This is a great Oolong! I appreciate this very much!
I LOVE Alishan! My very favorite Oolong. And this is one of the best of the best… if not the best. Did that make sense? Basically, this is one amazing Alishan. Sweet … like honey. A pleasant mouthfeel that is thick but not so much creamy as it is reminiscent of a warm, thinned honey … but not sticky.
Floral, yes, but the floral tones are not sharp or pungent, they are more of a sweet, delectable floral, with a nice fruit note in the background that makes this Alishan quite unlike any that I can ever recall.
If you only try one Alishan in your life, make it this one.
Oh wow! This is so lovely! Just as the description suggests, I can really taste a crisp minty note. There is no mint in this tea, and it is not a flavored tea, this is just a natural characteristic of this tea. Amazing. It is sweet, no bitterness, with a rich, smooth, malty quality. A very comforting tea – the kind you want to drink hot and with which you want to curl up under a cozy blanket in front of a fireplace. Which is kind of nice because we have been experiencing a rather chilly spring day today.
I really like this one… I hope that T-Oolong gets it in stock again.
This is a remarkable Oolong – quite floral but with a nice fruit tone in the background as well. The taste is like a combination of honeysuckle, orchid, apple, plum and peach. So sweet! The aftertaste lingers a long time after the sip, this is one of the longest lasting aftertastes I’ve yet to experience. A brothy kind of texture – thick and almost creamy … but not quite.
A really delightful Oolong.
Weekend mornings are oolong mornings, it seems. It’s just that I always want to spend time with an oolong and evenings are bad because of the caffeine so it’s always got to be a day with I have a few morning hours to spare. This oolong is definitely worth the time.
Steep 1: Mmm…so floral honey and creamy and sweet. It has an unusual crispness. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s intriguing and delicious.
Steep 2: Vegetal now, but still sweet and smooth. It tastes like summer. Like the smell of the country in July, full of promise for a fruitful harvest. (I hope you’ll forgive my poetic inclinations this morning. :)) It’s also a delicious floral perfume and a hint of fresh cut grass or maybe budding spring greenery. I’m trying to describe it objectively, but this tea just tastes like imagery instead. No wonder oolongs always make me feel so meditative.
Steep 3: More vegetal and more creamy. Like a creamy vegetable soup. Asparagus? not really… milder. artichoke heart? hmm… maybe.
Steep 4: That floral essence is sort of in the background now with the vegetal aspect being more assertive. That odd delicious crispiness is also stronger. It is pleasantly drying on the tongue. There’s a bit of a honey aftertaste. The caffeine has me feeling alert and invigorated, which is great since I plan on going for a jog soon. It’s such a beautiful day, I might not even need music to convince myself to keep going just a little longer. :)
I think I’m good now. I maybe steep more later but I’m done for the moment. Good bye delicious oolong samples from t-oolongtea. I’d buy more but I’ve got lots of tea to drink through first. I really need to drink through my collection faster! I need more visitors so I can make tea for them! Also, when I ask people what sort of tea they’re interested in, they NEVER pick oolong. Sad.
EDIT: My 200th tasting note! Cheers! clinks mugs all around :)
I’ve had this one twice now and it’s the first chance I have been able to jot down some tasting notes :)
First and most noticeably is the strength of the long, wiry leaves! They are wonderful!
The aroma is of medium strength black tea that is bready/crusty-esque.
The flavor is MARV…very high quality tea. It’s malty and smooth with highlights of that bread-like flavor. The more I drink this the more I LOVE it! I’m going to send the rest to LiberTeas, tho! She’ll get a kick out of it!
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