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This tea is a traditionally roasted tiguanyin, even though it’s from Taiwan. The dry leaves are dark, tightly balled and have a musky, milky smell. The tea brews a pale gold, silky and oily, with a great depth and complexity of flavour. I will need some more time with this tea before I can nail down all of its flavours, but I can say at this point that there’s no vegetal taste to this tea, and that it starts out with a note of perfume (not an unpleasant one) and floral, with a nectary sweetness, and a lingering sweet aftertaste. There is no astringency to this tea, and I don’t think that it will take milk well, although its likely that adding sugar will take the edge off the perfume of this tea. The second brew is better than the first, but you should take care not to overbrew this tea – it grows bitter quite quickly.
This tea is currently on sale, and is reasonably priced. It’s a very unique tiguanyin, that I think is worth tasting.
I received this as a free sample from T-oolongtea in my first order from them. It’s a very unique and complex black tea – one that makes you sit up and pay attention. It’s very light and fragrant, and reminds me more of oolongs than of black teas, but it lacks the vegetal or mineral taste of oolongs. There are pronounced honey notes and a lingering very felt dryness in the tea that is not unpleasant. A tea for thinking with, and a conversation starter that is good for multiple infusions.
This doesn’t lie when it says Heavy Roast – it certainly is! The heaviest Roasted Alishan that I can remember trying! It’s good for what it is! I mean, I really REALLY love Alishan so I’m missing that flavor but for a roasted one – it’s great! And for a Heavy Roast – I can’t compare it to any others, really! So…Mission Accomplished, eh!?
Unique and well-done offering!
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!
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!)
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 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!