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Backlogging.

This tea arrived in the middle of the latest round of insane busy-ness earlier in the week. I don’t remember my detailed impressions because they’re lost in the blur, but this tea didn’t disappoint even in those circumstances. It’s everything you’d hope – and expect – a high altitude Alishan oolong to be. I’m so relieved that the usually reliable teas.com.au has started stocking this, and that it’s turned out to be just as good as it’s supposed to be, because my previous main source of Alishan is no more.

I couldn’t survive without at least a small supply of this in the house!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
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Do you have any preferences about which area in Alishan you get your oolong from? Just curious.

Luthien

Most of the Alishans I’ve had don’t specify much about their origin beyond a description like “high mountain”. This one is from 1500m up, and it’s definitely as good as any others I’ve tried.

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nods 阿里山 means basically Ali mountain, but I don’t know much about it, so I was wondering! Most I find cap off at a lower height, but I have never really compared them all…

takgoti

Can I just add that I heart your Santa-fied avatar? [Almost typed Satan. Eep.]

Luthien

@takgoti Thanks! This has been my default icon on my journal since about 2002, and I’ve since used it in several other places. About four or five years ago, a friend put the Santa hat on it around Christmas time, so I’ve brought the santa-fied version out every Christmas since. (Also, I initially read your comment as “Satan-fied”. g)

takgoti

Evil minds think alike!

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drank Emerald Sunset by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Just found this, unopened, in the cupboard. From the use-by date – and also by the fact that when I checked I discovered that it’s been discontinued and replaced by a similar tea – it’s been there for at least a little while. I’m guessing I bought this sometime in the past six months. I was looking for a light, fruity tea to go with this hot summery day, so uncovering it today seemed like fate. Or perhaps just serendipity. Anyway, I tried it, and it brewed okay. The flavour doesn’t seem as though it’s faded much despite the months lurking in the back of my tea cupboard.

I’m in two minds about this tea. On the one hand, the flavour leans in the direction of a fruit salad of a tea, with a bit of the sort of flavour I generally associate with overpoweringly fruity mixed teas that brew bright red. But on the other hand, this tea is pale yellow rather than bright red, and leaves behind a definite taste of strawberries on the tongue, which I really like. There are bits of dried fruit mixed into the tea leaves, so the fruit flavour seems to be (at least partly) the real deal.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I’ve been awake for something like 35 hours at this point, and now I’m finally home – and reunited with my tea cupboard! So many teas to choose from, but it was actually very easy to pick this one, which is one of the silkiest, milkiest Formosa oolongs you could ever hope to meet. On top of the fabulous taste, it always makes me feel that bit better as soon as it hits my system – probably the antioxidants – and right now it’s even managing to make me feel sort of vaguely awake.

takgoti

35 hours? There’s no way that I would have been able to post anything coherent. Way to be.

Luthien

I think I’ve just reached the point of being so tired that I’m operating on automatic. g Just trying to hold out a little bit longer for it to be evening here, and then I can crash and be in something approaching the right time zone. AFTER sleep I will let myself have some more tea.

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drank Chai Marsala by Teas.com.au
84 tasting notes

christmas in a craft store if what this smells like and it tastes amazing!! i love it

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drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

I love that when you’re actually drinking this tea it seems so innocuous and straightforward, with the cinnamon dominating the taste – but afterwards, wow! Such a mixed array of flavours in the aftertaste. My lips are tingling from the pepper.

takgoti

This sounds like something I could enjoy. I’ve been getting into hot chocolate with a little chili powder mixed in over the past couple of winters.

Plus, the name alone is something that makes me want to try it.

Luthien

This one definitely has a real zing to it! I like it the best of the green chai-style teas I’ve tried.

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75
drank Organic Gyokuro by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

It’s turned out slightly more astringent than usual this time, but it’s still an excellent tea, much better than the other gyokuro I tried. Worth taking the time to savour.

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Silver Needle tends to be just that bit too delicate for me, but every so often I take another shot at it. The result is the same again this time: too delicate and too dull for my tastes.

Auggy

Yay! I’m glad I’m not the only one that can’t get behind SN. I think I should like it so I keep trying it but it just never works out.

Luthien

Yeah. I feel as though I am failing here, but I just don’t get the specialness of Silver Needle. I much prefer Pai Mu Tan, which is a lot more robust, still tastes good if you leave it steeping too long, and costs a whole lot less.

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drank Organic Gyokuro by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Because I haven’t had a Japanese green for a while. And what better Japanese green is there than this? Sweet, rich and just an all-round beautiful cup of tea. Two teaspoons of leaves per cup, steeped for one and a half minutes in water at 55C.

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drank Spicy Chai by Teas.com.au
2 tasting notes

Home made Spiced Chai Recipe
From: Jaminchew
1-2 servings
About 30 min.

2 cups water
2 cups milk
2 green cardamom pods (1/8 tsp seeds)
6 whole cloves
2 slices fresh gingerroot (2 tsp dried)
6 black peppercorns
2 3”cinnamon sticks, broke into pieces (2 tsp coarse ground)
½ star anise (¼ tsp ground)
2 tsp Black loose tea: Mamri tea recommended (2 black tea bags)
2 tblsp honey or sugar (or to taste)

Optional:
½ tsp Fennel seeds
½ whole nutmeg or chopped
¾ tsp vanilla extract

1. Put the water and milk in a saucepan, add the spices, and bring to a low boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes depending on how strong you want the spices.

2. Turn off heat and add the loose tea. Let steep for 5-10 minutes depending on your desired strength.

3. Carefully strain tea through strainer into a mug or other pot to remove spices.

4. Stir in honey or sugar, mixing well to dissolve. (Optionally mix in vanilla extract.)

5. Serve While hot

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drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Still the best spicy green I’ve found. Lots of cinnamon, but everything else comes through in the aftertaste.

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drank Sow Mee by Teas.com.au
47 tasting notes

Nice, more full bodied white. Lovely.

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drank Aussie Green by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

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drank Golden Dan Chong by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

This tea produces the typical oolong golden yellow type brew, and cools to become very smooth and gently sweet. A very easy-drinking tea.

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This is a great tea for new rock oolong tea drinkers due to its fragrance, rich taste and low price.

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drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Tried 1.5 times the recommended amount of leaves this time, just as an experiment. The cinnamon gets a bit overpowering at this strength, though it’s still drinkable – back to the usual amount next time.

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Still drinking this, because it really is just that good.

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drank Velvet by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

I’m not as keen on this one as I was. There are quite a lot of interesting notes in the scent from the dry leaves that get lost once the tea is brewed.

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99

Meanwhile, I’m still drinking this just about every day. Unlike some other teas – narrow-eyed look at previous entry – it never lets me down.

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75
drank Aussie Green by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Liking the lemon myrtle in this one a lot. OH says the smell reminds him of walking in the bush.

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75
drank Golden Dan Chong by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

This one’s always significantly better once it’s cooled down a bit.

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75
drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

It’s bitterly cold here today, so some more of my favourite spiced tea was in order.

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drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Had this last night. I’m really enjoying this one during this current mild winter weather.

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99

I’ve been drinking this just about every day, lately. Still not remotely tired of it.

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99

Still my favourite tea. Mmm.

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