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drank Tung Ting by Teas Etc
5 tasting notes

This is a review for Tung Ting Oolong bought at the Tea Gallerie in San Diego.

I almost misjudged this tea. I love oolongs, but have only really had rock oolongs or other long-leafed varieties. I decided to try this one out because I was looking for something a little different.

It’s much less sweet than I am used to with other oolongs. This doesn’t necessarily bother me, but it also has a kind of “milky” taste to me that doesn’t agree with my stomach. On the first infusion, I actually had to force myself to finish the pot, which almost never happens to me. Needless to say, I was very surprised that I was finding it so bad, and annoyed since I had just bought a bulk amount.

So I decided to give it another go. On the second infusion, everything changed. The astringency and milkiness were gone, there was a definite sweetness, and the whole thing just tasted better. I’ve heard of “rinsing” oolongs before but never practiced it, however I think that will have to be my policy with this one.

Over all, a good quality oolong. I enjoy that it unfolds into a recognizable leaf shape, and little bit really goes a long way. Happy for the experience, and glad I purchased it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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85
drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
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This is hands-down my favorite black tea. It is so incredibly smooth and doesn’t taste like any other black tea I’ve tried. Oddly enough, it reminds me completely of a Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab scent called Iago, which contains black musk, wet leather, and vetiver. If you could combine those into a tea, this would be it. (I hope that sounds as appealing to other people as it does to me).

I would like to try a version of this that doesn’t come from Teavana, however, as it was incredibly over-priced. I’m sure I can find something even more high quality for the same price or less somewhere else.

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec

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79
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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This is truly an amazingly well done black tea blend. The smell is incredibly good, fruity with such a strong hint of chocolate. Brewed, the flavors dim a bit into a well-rounded black tea. Generally only drink PG Tips with milk, never a nice loose-leaf, but this is a tea I actually do enjoy with a dash of milk. I like a strong brew. Over all, it’s a great tea and I’m so glad I discovered it!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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When I want a flavoured tea (which is rare) I always go for this one. I love black currant tea, but it’s hard to find it without added artificial flavour. I understand what people are saying when they say the currant flavour is underwhelming, but frankly I enjoy that over the chemical taste of most other black currant teas I’ve tried. This is in no way a fruity tea. For my tastes it is a perfect balance of good-quality black tea and and aromatic flavour.

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I’m not very experienced with reviewing teas, but I’ll give it a go.

Over all, this tea is a perfect green tea. It has a very heavy presence, but the astringency stays politely in the background. I tend to let my teas over-brew, but even after 8 or so minutes the tea maintained a perfect flavour. I generally go for black teas and oolongs, but this tea will definitely stay in my cupboard for when I want something with a different flavour profile, but certainly not a lighter taste.

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