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drank Milk Oolong by American Tea Room
1962 tasting notes

Let me just first say that this is a tea unlike any other I’ve ever tried, and I have QuiltGuppy to thank! I’ve always been a bit curious about milk oolongs, but I’ve never tried one before. The smell of the dried leaves when I opened the package was amazing… definitely milky (sweet, like a condensed milk), but also with a floral fruitiness.

After a light brew, the liquor is only a pale yellow, but the aroma is full bodied and strong. Here the notes are primarily floral, vegetal, a bit ‘bready’. The milk aroma is still there but a bit muted. I never expected to be this blown away by this tea, but it’s true! It’s so delicious. Sweet, creamy, buttery peaches, like the most delicous fresh peach cobbler with cream. That’s what this tea is recalling. I don’t even love peach cobbler all that much, but I would love one that tasted like this. All the elements are there: fresh, floral peach, right off the tree, both very sweet and slightly tart; buttery crust, and breadiness from the oolong; bubbling caramelized sugar; smooth, rich, sweet cream. Definitely a major yum.

Thank you so much QuiltGuppy for sending me this sample! I have a whole new kind of tea to explore and love!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
politicalmachine

The thing about milk oolongs, if they actually taste like milk… usually it’s not legit naturally from the plant. Most of the “milk” oolongs are actually flavored afterwards unlike the real thing that should be creamy and hinting towards the milky taste but not actually get there. When you mention that it tastes like condensed milk, it sounds like a red flag to me! None the less, a lot of people actually prefer the flavored ones so as long as you like it :)

Dinosara

Well, I said the dry leaf smelled like condensed milk, but I didn’t say the brewed tea tasted like it! I did get a sweet, creamy flavor, but not a true milk flavor at all. I can’t speak to this particular Milk Oolong’s provinence myself, but I would guess it’s genuine.

QuiltGuppy

I’m so happy you loved it, too! ♥ I’ve checked with ATR because I wanted to make sure it was okay to send to a vegan friend and they confirmed that this is not one of the flavored milk oolongs, but that it’s the tea by itself. If you use this tea throughout multiple infusions, you’ll find that that milkiness doesn’t wash away after the first infusion. It’s one of my absolute favorite teas.

Dinosara

Oh yeah, I steeped it many times this afternoon, and all of them were delicious! You can really tell it’s a very high quality tea.

American Tea Room

There is nothing added to this tea. The flavor is amazing and has a long lasting appeal, something you could never get artificially.

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politicalmachine

The thing about milk oolongs, if they actually taste like milk… usually it’s not legit naturally from the plant. Most of the “milk” oolongs are actually flavored afterwards unlike the real thing that should be creamy and hinting towards the milky taste but not actually get there. When you mention that it tastes like condensed milk, it sounds like a red flag to me! None the less, a lot of people actually prefer the flavored ones so as long as you like it :)

Dinosara

Well, I said the dry leaf smelled like condensed milk, but I didn’t say the brewed tea tasted like it! I did get a sweet, creamy flavor, but not a true milk flavor at all. I can’t speak to this particular Milk Oolong’s provinence myself, but I would guess it’s genuine.

QuiltGuppy

I’m so happy you loved it, too! ♥ I’ve checked with ATR because I wanted to make sure it was okay to send to a vegan friend and they confirmed that this is not one of the flavored milk oolongs, but that it’s the tea by itself. If you use this tea throughout multiple infusions, you’ll find that that milkiness doesn’t wash away after the first infusion. It’s one of my absolute favorite teas.

Dinosara

Oh yeah, I steeped it many times this afternoon, and all of them were delicious! You can really tell it’s a very high quality tea.

American Tea Room

There is nothing added to this tea. The flavor is amazing and has a long lasting appeal, something you could never get artificially.

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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.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: 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
84-80: 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.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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