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This is a very light oolong with light lychee flavor which is a bit of a surprise from how strong of a lychee aroma the dry leaf has. Overall a decent tea but I’m glad that I only got the small sample, instead of the small bag as this is a tea that I will not be buying again.
My father’s favorite tea he’s been drinking for over 30 years. A robust oolong flavor that first hits the tongue in bitterness, but leaves a sweet aftertaste. This tea is a must-have in your cupboard.
I needed some quick tea and caffeine, so this bagged tea did the trick this morning. It was pretty smooth and not bitter for a tea bag. Not so complex in the flavor department, but gave me what I was looking for.
It’s a hot, fiery, dry Spring (let alone Summer yet!) here in Australia, so I’m trying out a bunch of my favourites as iced teas in preparation!
This is the first oolong I’ve iced, and it turned out beautiful! Although the flavour itself is very light, the fragrance is so sweet like a garden. I put in a slice of lemon for a little extra flavour.
I left it overnight starting in room temp water, but next time I think I might start with warmish water to help the leaves unfurl.
I bought this from a Ten Ren franchise store.
The first steeping was about 20 seconds and smelled peppery to me. It had that sort of lightly peppery flavour. when I had finished the tea and smelled the cup, it smelled more floral. It got more floral and less peppery with each steeping.
This is a sweet tea – a very sweet tea. The first few sips are almost overly sweet but once my taste buds got used to it, the flavor mellowed out and turns slightly salty (did you know plums are salted in Chinese culture?) so it tastes almost like the salted plums I had as a child – salty sweet.
Unfortunately, as a tea, it tastes weird. I’m not sure if I’ll buy this again.
Random tea bag! Some how I’m seeing tasting notes for this loose, but mine is a tea bag. I’m surprised at how nice this one is… I’m not sure why, since another one of my favorite jasmine teas is in teabag form. Even though I oversteeped it by a minute or so, with a bit of bitterness from the green tea, the jasmine flavor was nice. The jasmine definitely redeemed the teabag since just the plain green tea might have been a bit boring with this one.
I picked up this at Ten Ren. This is the $60/lb version of the Green Tung Ting Oolong Tea – there is no other way to differentiate between the different types available for purchase at the shop other than price. It wasn’t the cheapest, and it wasn’t the most expensive. I found it rather off. It was dry, like a white tea, but tasted fresh like green, and I didn’t notice the subtle flowery notes that I associate with Oolong. That said, I didn’t find it unpleasant and I will continue drinking it. Which is a good thing since the sales clerk wouldn’t let me purchase any less than 4 oz of the tea.
Decent enough, but it’s lacks the depth of the loose stuff. Good in a pinch, though. The taste leans more towards the roasted rice than the green tea, though I can taste the tea more as an aftertaste.
I drank this with lunch and it was pretty mellow for a ginger tea. I guess it was the hickory, which I could barely taste. I’m used to ginger being a little sharper. This was more earthy. Not a bad thing, but very different.
Browned honeysuckle tea, good, with more lemon the more you steep it.
This is a strong tasting and very fruity version of a high mountain Jin Xuan that has not been flavoured. It is quite resilient and can last well over 10 steeps with strong and pleasant flavours. Throughout a brewing session there are dominant flavours notes of pineapple, peach, cream, and gardenia with notes of peaches and cream corn, clover, hay, lemon, artichoke and grass appearing through out the brewing process. The tea retains a relatively thick and creamy mouth feel for about half of the brewing session. This tea would probably be enjoyed by those who love fruity green oolongs, the floral notes are present but remain mostly in the background blending into the cream. On taste alone I would probably rate this tea around 95. However at $38.00 per 150g it is hardly the most affordable Jin Xuan available. Mountain tea’s option is $13.00 for around the same amount and Teavivre’s would cost around $17.20 for the same amount. I am curious to compare this to Mountain Teas once I open it and will probably adjust my ratings then.
Below are more detailed notes
Dry leaf – lime to spruce green tightly coiled leaves, with a fruity, peach, pineapple, cereal/hay scent.
steeped at 60s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 65s, 80s, 85s, 90s, 95s, 105s with water temperature between 85-95 degrees Celsius (increased for later sessions)
Tea consistently brewed to a bright green gold yellow colour.
60s scent – sweet pineapple peach, cream, hint of gardenia and corn.
taste – pineapple tempered by warn peach, hint of cream, hint of gardenia hint of hay, smooth, medium to thick bodied, light freshening feeling at front of mouth. Aftertaste of pineapple and hay.
40s scent – pineapple peach, hay, cream faint floral notes
flavour – stronger vegetal notes of hay ,and floral spice of gardenia, still strong notes of pineapple and peach, creamy buttery mouth feel with stronger hints of cooling at top and front of mouth. Aftertaste is similar to original with slight floral notes.
50s scent – cream, peach pineapple faint hay
taste – gardenia mixed equally with peaches and cream with a hint of pineapple over a faintly bitter vegetal note. Slightly thinner body but still creamy.
60s scent – same
flavour – fruit/gardenia and hay thinner and slightly more astringent, clean feeling in mouth including back of mouth, aftertaste of eating peaches with clover. sweet and slightly spicy.
65s scent – fruit and gardenia and cream
taste – cream, peach mixed with gardenia and faint artichoke, slightly less sweet, and more vegetal with a hint of bitterness.
80s cream gardenia and faint fruit taste consistent with smell plus a hint of hay and a vegetal bitterness. slightly more astringent aftertaste of peach and pineapple and clover.
85s scent – same as above with a hint of lemon.
taste – thinner still with a light creamy floral note over peaches over a now stronger bitter artichoke note and a hint of grass. mildly astringent.
90s smell – sweet cream with a hint of floral
same taste touch thinner with slightly more grassy aftertaste.
95s same scent
taste – more sweet fruit with a hint of floral spice mixed with artichoke.
105s scent – corn, cream and a hint of peach with floral note
taste – sweet green tea with fruit and cream tones followed by bitter tones followed by spicy floral notes with a slightly grassy aftertaste with a hint of lemon.
spent leaves – fairly large with hints of brown along the edges.
This is a mild tasting tea.. I like to drink this as an alternative to water at times..
Good choice for an everyday green tea.
Good everyday green.
Much too sweet for me.
A rich and smooth dark oolong that is more mellow than nutty. Holds up fairly well to multiple infusions and is one of the better ones that I’ve had in some time.