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Wild Orchid Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

49

Very light, creamy caramel aroma and flavor with a softer tart undernote. Taste of brown sugar is enhanced with adding a bit of rock sugar while infusing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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6

This is the first oolong from Wild Orchid that I have tried. The dry leaves smell faintly of powdered orange drink. After steeping, however, the tea has a strong orange blossom (?) aroma and tastes very flowery. It is impossible to detect any subtle complexities in the oolong as the floral aroma and flavor are too overwhelming. The aroma/flavor are a bit more subdued in the second infusion, but I still can’t quite hack my way through the perfume. I have tried a few flavored oolongs, and I’m not adverse to flower-scented teas, but the florals in this tea are way too overpowering to enjoy the cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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49

Dry leaves smell like curry! Aroma does not carry over to infused tea which (with milk and sugar) tastes mildly spiced. Pleasant, but not memorable.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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18

Again part of the sampler from Wild Orchid Teas—aroma of dry leaves was definitely of strawberries. Labeled as “naturally flavored” but no strawberries (dried or otherwise) are to be found in the blend. Prepared as recommended. Tea was pleasant at the outset with a sweet, fruity flavor. However, a strange, strong metallic flavor/aftertaste developed as the tea cooled. Will not be repeating the experience.

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Could it be hibiscus? That has a metallic taste for me.

PattiM

This did not taste like hibiscus, which I generally can tolerate pretty well. More like gunmetal. I’m sometimes concerned about the freshness of the leaf when trying samplers. Maybe that’s an issue here.

TeaEqualsBliss

Gunmetal! Ek!

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67

Very much in the British blend tradition. Medium astringency but no bitterness. Flowery scent with sweet notes and a hint of tobacco. Takes milk well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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87

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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82

Very nice. Can hardly taste the monkey though. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
takgoti

That’s a good thing! It’s not a very good taste.

Angrboda

LOL! The monkey. :D I’ve been pretty confused lately with all the monkey picked teas I’ve seen around on Steepster. If the word ‘monkey’ is in the name, it’s always a little bit surprising to me that it’s not a banana-flavoured tea. :p (Or was that speciesist of me?)

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83

Quite an enjoyable first impression. Definitely getting floral overtones coming through in a natural, non-perfumey kind of way.

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

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50

Black tea blend with flower petals, cloves, cinnamon, fruit pieces (no description of additions to tea given.) Strong cinnamon aroma with fruity notes. Some cinnamon flavor in the flavor of the tea, but not much else. Will keep looking for my favorite “seasonal” tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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