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drank Ginseng Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
148 tasting notes

This is tasty! I was cranky with the ginseng green I got from Adagio, in large part because the predominant flavor was ginger and not ginseng. No such trickery here. I was a little spooked that the label said to steep this for 5 mins, but the flavor is perfect.

The tea looks like little mossy rocks. I showed them to my housemate and he thought they were cool too, even though as he said it “doesn’t look like tea”. I watched this one brew in the steeper. In the first couple of minutes the layer of ginseng starts floating off, and the water gets a tiny bit cloudy. After that the oolong leaves themselves start to unfold, tiny and leafy. Unlike most ball oolongs which really unfold during the steep, these stayed somewhat ball like. They almost looked like little pieces of rolled up seaweed floating in the water.

I love the flavor of this. The oolong flavor is at the forefront, tasting a bit like a roasted tikuanyin. After that there’s a hint of ginseng and a sweetness that reminds me a bit of stevia. This tea also feels really cooling inside my mouth.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

housemate is right, it doesn’t look like tea! I have only tried Teavivre Ginseng oolong and I loved it so much! I find that ginseng compliments oolong in a very unusual and almost intriguing way :-)

Claire

It really does TheTeaFairy! I only got a half ounce of this to try, but I really liked it and may get more in the future.

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TheTeaFairy

housemate is right, it doesn’t look like tea! I have only tried Teavivre Ginseng oolong and I loved it so much! I find that ginseng compliments oolong in a very unusual and almost intriguing way :-)

Claire

It really does TheTeaFairy! I only got a half ounce of this to try, but I really liked it and may get more in the future.

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I mostly drink straight tea, and some of my favorites are green teas and oolongs. I almost always have some sencha and tieguanyin in my tea cupboard (and if I run out, awesome, an excuse to buy tea). I do like some flavored teas, but can’t stand really sugary stuff so if it’s very sweet I probably won’t like it. I can’t drink milk so all my reviews are of tea without milk and sugar!
I’ve been getting into puerh the last few months.

Outside of Steepster I’m an English Lit major, and will FINALLY be graduating after the Fall 2013 semester. After that I plan on applying for graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Library Science. Currently I work as a student assistant in the Archives and Special Collections department of my school’s library.
I also like reading (of course) and playing video games when I have time for them.

I’m happy to send samples to anyone in the US or Canada. Just ask. :)

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