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drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
1914 tasting notes

I was super psyched about Naivetea’s black friday sale because I’ve really wanted to try their oolongs. I ended up with an infused (flavored) oolong sample set and a high-altitude oolong sample set, and they sent a free sample of Wen Shan Bao Zhong all of which I’m very excited about. It was hard to choose the first one, but this was it because I love lychees and I really want to see them paired with a green oolong.

The scent on the dry leaf of this is amazing. So very lychee-ful. It really has that floral, fruity, fresh aroma of a bag full of lychees. I could just smell the dry leaf all day, which is a good sign. I chose to steep it like I steep most green oolongs and not quite according to their directions because I don’t really have that kind of setup (basically gong-fu) right now. Smelling the brewed tea, it’s amazing how much the oolong has come forward. It has that kind of buttery, floral, slightly greenish aroma that I love, and the juicy lychee aroma hanging out underneath the higher floral notes.

In the flavor the lychee comes back to the forefront, it seems. The first thing I get is a burst of fruity and floral lychee, and then the green oolong base comes up with a vegetal, rich base. I think I might drop my steep time for this to 2 minutes just because I think I think the vegetal tones of the oolong are just a touch overdone at this time. I originally wrote that I was missing the buttery flavor, but as it’s cooled that has definitely made itself known. It’s lacking that natural sweetness that I feel like would just make this tea mindblowing (though I am getting a hint of it in the aftertaste as the tea continues to cool down to just warm), but it’s still a fantastic tea. Lychee is really the perfect pairing for an oolong with its floral notes to begin with, and in this tea it is just so juicy and awesome. This is a really good example of a flavored tea with a nice balance between flavoring and high quality tea base.

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

they are all great teas… :)

Dinosara

I can’t wait to try them all!

TeaBrat

I find they are better at the 2nd or 3rd steep for some reason…

Charles Thomas Draper I too find Oolongs are much better with the 2nd or 3rd steep.
Indigobloom

as do I!! It seems to “wash” away the harshness

ashmanra

And I find them irresistible as they begin to cool and all those lovely flavors come out to play. MMMM.

SimplyJenW

Oh, I am going to keep them on my list to try. This sounds amazing!

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TeaBrat

they are all great teas… :)

Dinosara

I can’t wait to try them all!

TeaBrat

I find they are better at the 2nd or 3rd steep for some reason…

Charles Thomas Draper I too find Oolongs are much better with the 2nd or 3rd steep.
Indigobloom

as do I!! It seems to “wash” away the harshness

ashmanra

And I find them irresistible as they begin to cool and all those lovely flavors come out to play. MMMM.

SimplyJenW

Oh, I am going to keep them on my list to try. This sounds amazing!

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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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