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drank Tamu Organic Oolong Tea by MAJANI
1995 tasting notes

Sipdown, 229. Thanks to Kasumi no Chajin for a sample of this tea! Awww, African Pygmy Kingfisher (this tea’s featured bird), you are adorable.

A Kenyan oolong sounded really intriguing to me. Even though I typically am not big on dark oolongs, I wanted to try this one just to try it… you don’t see many Kenyan oolongs! Even as an oolong the leaf on this one was pretty small pieces. Steeped up it smells pretty interesting. There are some malty black-teaish notes there, but also a lightly fruity floral scent.

Aww, too bad that I apparently should have followed my gut upon seeing the CTC-ness of the leaf and steeped it a shorter time. These steeping parameters are for the company, but Kenyans seem to have a very different idea than me about what makes a tasty cup of tea. I can tell there are nice notes in there—stone fruit, nuttiness, sweetness—but they are mostly drowned out by the bitterness of oversteeping. Oh well, guess I should have trusted my tea instincts.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kashyap

the best Kenya oolong I have had to date is from the Kangaita estate and it resembled a FOP/BOP cut…but it was quite good

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Kashyap

the best Kenya oolong I have had to date is from the Kangaita estate and it resembled a FOP/BOP cut…but it was quite good

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

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100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
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