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drank Magnolia Oolong by Tea District
1915 tasting notes

My newfound love of oolongs led me to order two samples from Tea District with my recent order. This one is actually new to Tea District’s catalog as of July 2011… I knew there was a reason I put off ordering so long! I love floral teas, but I’m not familiar with magnolia (as a flavor… I’m definitely familiar with the tree) or magnolia oolongs.

Tea District describes it as similar to jasmine, and I can definitely smell the resemblance in the dried leaf. It almost smells like a jasmine green (or oolong, I suppose)! Once again, I have to wonder what TD is smoking saying 1 tbsp of leaves per 8oz, especially this time since I’m pretty sure the leaves would expand to fill the entire space of an 8 oz cup. 2 tsp was almost too much for my Kati cup because the leaves expanded rapidly and greatly. They’re nice big, whole leaves and they look high quality.

Steeped, tea is a nice dark yellow and it has a wonderful aroma. This is one of those teas that you smell immediately upon pouring on hot water, and the aroma kept wafting around during the entire steep time. The jasmine-like aroma takes on a darker character (because it’s not jasmine, it’s magnolia) and the floral aroma is very fresh, like you’re smelling a full-bloom magnolia. The somewhat vegetal aroma of the oolong is hanging out in the background, grounding a very floral cup.

The taste is very floral, and very delicious. It really does remind me of jasmine pearls, but it’s darker, richer, fuller. This is a lightly oxidized oolong, so the flavor is fresh and light. When still pretty hot the oolong doesn’t compete much with the magnolia, but it makes itself known more as the tea cools, providing vegetal teaishness that makes itself known between the magnolia in the initial wave and the aftertaste. There’s a light sweetness, mostly in the aftertaste. The second steep is equally delicious, and actually a bit sweeter! Overall I’m very pleased with this tea, and I can definitely see myself ordering more after my sample runs out!

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

a good magnolia oolong is amazing and one of my favorite cold brewed iced teas

QuiltGuppy

I just love oolong tea. This sounds really wonderful!

Dinosara

I have to say I have you to thank for sparking my latest oolong obsession, QuiltGuppy! After those awesome ones you sent me, I keep wanting more!

QuiltGuppy

I can send more…

Kashyap

i also have a nice store of this if your interested….

Dinosara

You guys are too generous! QuiltGuppy, I haven’t even made it through all the teas you sent in the first package! After I’ve made my way through everything I may take you guys up on your offers!

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Kashyap

a good magnolia oolong is amazing and one of my favorite cold brewed iced teas

QuiltGuppy

I just love oolong tea. This sounds really wonderful!

Dinosara

I have to say I have you to thank for sparking my latest oolong obsession, QuiltGuppy! After those awesome ones you sent me, I keep wanting more!

QuiltGuppy

I can send more…

Kashyap

i also have a nice store of this if your interested….

Dinosara

You guys are too generous! QuiltGuppy, I haven’t even made it through all the teas you sent in the first package! After I’ve made my way through everything I may take you guys up on your offers!

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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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