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85

I decided to have this one after seeing someone else had it today as a rainy day oolong, I waited for the rain to stop actually and I turned on the music to cheer myself up and I brewed this one up Gangnam Style, thats when you put on a fancy shirt and hat and dance the horsey dance while trying to make tea and you get water everywhere, ya get a little wet but its fun, wet outside wet inside. Really good tea sweet and delicious with peachy or apricot notes, slight floral tones and just intense yummy flavor, really good tea, If ya drink it from a small cup and have a long tongue you can lick whats left from the bottom of the cup mmmmm it’s really good like that too :) Thanks Azzrian!!!

Bonnie

OK where’s the video?!

Invader Zim

I went and watched it after reading this review myself!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

that would have been a crazy video, me dancing around sucking the bottom of a teacup lol

ashmanra

LOL! I can just see it! :)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

it was fun it cheered me up some:) sometimes ya got to entertain yourself ya know

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77

Another delicious sample from Azzrian!

Rainy days are oolong days. This one is deliciously sweet, but still tastes natural and oolongy :)

Brewed Western style, 2tsp/16ish ounces.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Thomas Edward(Toad)

I’m glad I’m not the only who feels Rainy Days are Oolong days, I was just looking out at the rain trying to decide which tea to have, this one is a great rainy day Oolong, I think I’ll have some now myself. Thanks Azzrian for sharing this tea with both of us :)

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96

Mmmm…. creamy, lightly citrusy background notes and a most definite presence of honey. This is a light oolong, which puts it solidly in my “like” category.

Brewed up a pot for Tea Club at work on Friday after our office holiday lunch. Figured we could all use something a bit light to round out the afternoon. It went over well. I only wish we’d had time to try a 2nd steep. I’m glad I went with a larger package of it on Black Friday even though I had not tried it before.

I did steep it for much longer than recommended and it was still very tasty, so perhaps that means this is a forgiving tea. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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93

This was a sample included with my Black Friday order from Mountain Tea Co. I made up a pot to share with our little Tea Club at work.

The dry leaf smells of spices – nutmeg, maybe? Cinnamon? First sniff has me thinking of chocolate. Can’t quite pin it down. The first sips bear out that dry smell. A light oolong with an intensely buttery feel, more like broth than tea. Color is an extremely pale honey, even after 5 minutes of steeping. Honey. I think I also get a bit of honey taste from this. As it cools, more flavors come out and I do notice the orchid more than I did when it was hot. Very refreshing and enjoyable hot or cold.

It won’t be an everyday drinker for me, but if I like the rest of my order enough to refill it when I’m out, I might get some of this to have on hand.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank TieGuanYin by The Mountain Tea co
1812 tasting notes

In the interest of trying something new, I am using a few leaves from this to doctor some jasmine green tea, just out of curiosity.

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89
drank TieGuanYin by The Mountain Tea co
1812 tasting notes

It has certainly been a while since I had an oolong. These days, on account of the hot weather that continues to plague my town in November, I have been drinking mainly greens with some blacks thrown in for robustness. Yet, it has finally started to cool, and I felt this was a good opportunity to revive my love of oolongs! Bringing out my gaiwan, fairness pot, and a favorite cup, I collect the things I will need to try this tea, while the water boils. Opening the foil package of leaves, I breath in, taking in the high, sharp floral notes that seem almost sweet. Placing them in the bottom of the gaiwan, I pour just the slightest bit of water over them to rinse them and to begin the opening of the leaf. The aroma that rises from the gaiwan is one that matches the sweet, high floral notes. Touches of fruit, almost reminiscent of pear, come to mind. This first steep will be interesting.

The first steep is for thirty seconds, after which I am left with a pale, golden yellow infusion that smells reminiscent of the dry leaf, but a more vegetal aspect has been piecked up and brought forward, as tie guan yin tend to do. The flavor surprises me. I am struck by a deep, rich floral and vegetal taste. Deep and rich are the best words to describe it, despite seeming completely at odds with the high floral and fruit aroma. Too, the oolong has a thick mouthfeel, a bit on the heavy side. That aroma is left in the aftertaste, bringing all of the senses together. The leaves are put into water for another infusion. After another thirty seconds, I am left with a paler brew, more of a light yellow. Strange, I thought, a second steeping should look stronger. Yet it tastes much like the first steeping, though the floral notes are more pronounced. The third infusion (again for thirty seconds) brings back the color and aroma of the first. The flavors, though, have evolved, losing some of their floral nature and becoming more vegetal. Heating some more water, I place the leaves in a large pot to steep out the rest of their deliciousness. This oolong was very decent for a tie guan yin, and on my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate it an 89/100.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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78

This is a pleasant tasting oolong. Its roasted flavour is present in all infusions. But there are also more subtle notes of honey, stone fruit, and flowers which come and go through the various brews.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 2:30 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 4 min.

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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75

This is a pleasant tasting oolong. Its roastiness dominates through all infusions, but there are more subtle notes of honey and stone fruit which come and go through the various brews.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 2:30 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 4 min.

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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77

I couldn’t find this one in the steepster database so here we are.
Thanks Azzrian

This one is nice. It’s a mellow-vegetal flavor with a naturally-saltiness almost.

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94

Thanks to Azzarian for this gem! Another tea added to my shopping list.

This is fruity and floral – a unique flavor profile for an oolong. I taste honeyed peach and bright citrus, with a delicate floral hint. The brewed cuppa smells divine as well.

I don’t have a lot of experience with oolongs personally so I apologize for the brevity of this review. Maybe I should say this tea leaves me speechless! :)

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98

Ahhhh what a long day! So finally I am relaxing with a lovely tea!
Not only am I enjoying this lovely tea but I am sipping out of my Ru Kiln cup. I scored this very pretty cup from Verdant with reward points. WOOT!
And I am enjoying my new Gaiwan http://www.mightyleaf.com/product/brown-gaiwan/
I have been waiting to own a gaiwan like this for ages! Finally I have one I can use! I never mastered tipping the lid correctly with my tiny hands lol.
I love the look of the gaiwan love the beauty of the Ru Kiln Cup … LOVE this tea!
I am a happy camper! See previous notes on tea.

LiberTEAS

Very cool gaiwan!

Azzrian

Thank you!!! I absolutely LOVE it! Its so earthy – looks like stone and wood – photo there does it no justice. And SO affordable!

ashmanra

Ooo, nice gaiwan!

DaisyChubb

Aw, in Canada we can’t see the gaiwan – I guess because it’s not available for us to buy? haha – from your description it sounds gorgeous!

Azzrian

What?? In Canada you can’t even SEE pictures on the website?? I never knew that! Thats horrible! I will get a photo posted.

Kittenna

I can see the gaiwan just fine, I wonder why you can’t, DaisyChubb?? It is gorgeous, btw! :D

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98

Good Lord Almighty this is delicious!
I am So happy I made an order with this company!
Thick, rich, PEACHY – and not hard to find the peach notes at all!
An absolutely pristine cup of oolong that any oolong lover should get to try!
Not bad pricing at this site either!
This one is under the clearance section.
Full review will be on http://sororiteasisters.com/ on the 15th

Mercuryhime

Sounds delectable! I love peachy oolongs.

DaisyChubb

ee that’s excited Azz, are you a sister now? :D I check that blog every day, how did I miss that haha

Azzrian

Indeed! My first post only went up last night at 6 EST – I will have that time slot every evening – hope you enjoy the reviews!! :)

Azzrian

Mercuryhime, this is the peachiest oolong (naturally flavored) that I have ever tasted and perhaps even more peachy than those with additives! :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Yes, congrats that’s great :)

Mercuryhime

Sounds perfect! Also, awesome that you joined the sorority!

Azzrian

Thanks so much !! :)

Cody

Hello, next order… :)

Azzrian

I can’t wait to order more of their teas as well. This was my first order with them – a trail run – so far I am SO pleased!

Cody

I’ve been spying on them for a while now since I’m obsessed with oolongs, but some other tea orders demanded attention first…dang it Verdant…

Azzrian

Well Verdant certainly is not a bad way to go :)
But yeah this is my new focus since I love oolongs also. At least now you know its worth getting a decent order from them. :)

Cody

Exactly! I’m excited. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:D just got some! Excited!

Azzrian

Woo hooo! I need to have some of this now :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) I also ordered some dark roasted tieguanyin. I’ve not had a roasted oolong before as far as I know so that’ll be fun! :)

Azzrian

I am trying to recall what I have from them – I think three of their teas total maybe four. Honestly I have been stuck in this one position since I got home from the mall with my 17 year old daughter. I think I am going to die in this same place. I am EXHAUSTED – and not even tea can perk me up at this point. 6 hours at the mall is too much for me. lol
I don’t know if I have this one or not and my cupboard on here is by no means up to date.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ohhh man…shopping IS exhausting! Luckily I don’t have a 17 year old daughter and can do my shopping from my computer instead! haha :P

Azzrian

LOL on a good note – we got about 200 of stuff for about 50 – she is a sale goddess!

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83

The leaf is a darker green, smaller rolled tea, somewhat irregular. Infused, the aroma was tart, with a touch of astringency. However, on the taste, there’s nothing remotely astringent here. The liquor is medium yellow, and the taste is floral, slightly smoky, with an assertive sweetness underneath. Very similar to the flavor of a good yellow tea.

The leaves are mostly buds with two or three leaves – a nicely made tea. It’s the kind of tea that works even better with repeated tastings under different conditions. Quite flavorful.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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74

Brandy oolong is oxidized at around 90%, and the leaves are picked in summer. As a result, the flavor is deeper and more pronounced. This particular tea received recognition at the North American Tea Championship.

The hard, dry leaves were individually rolled irregularly into small green “pearls,” and are uniformly dark green in color. The unsteeped aroma is a predictably vegetal. The tea itself is not unlike a smoky Yunnan black, with a small amount of sweetness on the finish. Very flavorful – ideal as a breakfast waker-upper.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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79

The dry leaf is dark green with what looks like whitish buds. It has a peachy aroma, maybe a touch of candy-like sweetness. The infused aroma is like honey with a slight astringency.

On the taste, the flavor is very restrained, with absolutely no astringency here, mixing honey and lychee and an afterthought of lemon; and as is the case with most Oriental Beauty, it’s very subdued; by adding more tea than usual, the flavor is very appealing. This version has been pressed into a tea cake, an inventive way to make its appearance unique and enjoyable.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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99

By far one of my favorite teas, and it gave me a new appreciation for Oolongs.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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100

For the first cup, I would recommend washing the leaves for 1 minute before making it. As other have said, it takes the second cup before you get the full flavor.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82

I just received a bunch of teas from The Mountain Tea Co. and this was the first one I tried. I think lizeepea hit it spot on with her assessment. The second and 3rd steeps are the best and the it starts to fall off. I didn’t really time the steeps but they started at about 30 sec and added 30sec to each additional steep

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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50

The liquor smells predominantly of black tea and something I can’t quite place (it’s a really prominent smell, however, and I’ll edit this once I figure out what it is). Almost chocolate or coffee…but not quite. As it cools, it smells much more like a rich black tea. The liquor is a reddish amber, almost greenish on the edges. The flavor struck me as rather two-dimensional. It’s not a really simple flavor, but it definitely doesn’t seem particularly nuanced to me with this steeping. It tastes almost the same as sit smells, with more of a nearly-pine flavor, but in a not-quite-smoky way. I’ve seen it described as creamy or other such adjectives, and while I get that, it seems more sweet, but in a way that you might imagine old wood to be. At first, I cared for neither the odor of the dry leaves, nor for that of the liquor. I felt it tasted really…not off, but not really in a direction that I like my tea to go. As I sip it, however, it starts to seem much more drinkable. I think I’ll definitely enjoy what I have, but would choose something else in the future. Certainly an interesting tea, though.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Jiāng Luo

+1
My feelings exactly, I unfortunately think this will be my last mt tea order as I was let down with just about every tea I tried from the order what else did you get with your order?

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71

The dry leaves are medium-sized (somewhere between Li San sized leaves, and those of smaller oolongs) and tightly-curled, with that nice color mixture of forest and grass green.
Absentmindedly almost drank all of it just now before doing a proper note. It’s definitely a very pleasant sipping tea; very reminiscent of tiekuanyins that I’ve had. Not floral, but warm and smooth. The liquor is an orangeish gold, and has a fair bit of tiny leaf ‘crumbs’ that slipped through the strainer. (I don’t mind those at all, and they collected mostly only in the last cup) It has a smooth mouthfeel and is quite easy to just keep drinking, as it tastes and feels nice, but isn’t so magnificent a tea that I’d feel guilty for just drinking it while doing other things.
Overall very pleasant, but my mind isn’t really blown. I am, however, a fan of the more green and floral oolongs, and this one is just a pleasant, very lightly bakey oolong.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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82

Ordered this after seeing a post on r/tea. Very good tea. I ordered the standard amount of 5.8 g and I received a lot more tea than I was expecting, which was a good surprise. The 1st steep had a nice floral flavor with a touch of what I’d call cinnamon. It held up for 5 steeps and likely could have gone a few more. I’m quite happy.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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