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A bit stronger marine flavor than I have had before. Jade green color, probably culinary quality. Still good and potent and makes a good matcha latte to taste. I appreciate the price and that it is not a sweetened blend.

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First visual impression: lots of big stems in this, but I appreciate that the tea is vacuum-sealed inside the tin.

After rinsing, I steeped for 30 seconds. It smelled pleasantly floral and fruity, like maybe pear, and the liquor was the color of pear juice. It has a very silky, creamy mouthfeel with no astringency.

The second infusion, I steeped for 50 seconds. The tightly compressed leaves finally opened here. This time the infusion was dark golden yellow, and I started to get a new aroma from the cup. It sounds pretentious, but the first things that popped in my head were honeysuckle and white grapes. This deeper infusion started to show a little bit of astringency that lightly coated my teeth, and I got a hint of toasted nuts. The floral scent that is so present in the steam was subtle in the actual taste.

Overall a really pleasant surprise for such an affordable oolong.

Flavors: Floral, Honeysuckle, Pear

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This can be a BIG tea if you let it. Big, black, bitter roasted flavors. Put it in a ring against coffee, and it would make coffee its … pet. Next time will try gongfu style to get more out of it.

Flavors: Coffee, Dark Bittersweet, Leather, Roasted

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Wild Oolong by Tienxi
1014 tasting notes

This is absolutely wonderful.
Smooth mild roast that ends in a honey sweetness with a slimy texture that I really enjoy.

This is one I would buy if they sold it.

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I bought this tea cake at Uwajimaya, a massive Asian market in Seattle, in their tea aisle (not section, literally, a whole aisle). The cake is imported by a local company and comes in a sealed package and a rice paper wrapping. Opening it up, it smells delicious and hearty. In the cup, it’s even better. It’s earthy without being too overwhelming and isn’t astringent. Delightful as a light breakfast tea!

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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