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I think I read somewhere that Oolong is like the “champagne of teas” though I might be thinking of Darjeeling. Or I’m totally wrong with both. :P In any case, this tea tasted truly decadent as my $1 Straight Tea promo tea to go today. I got it with a little agave, but decided to skip any milk (with Oolongs, I can go either way, which is one reason I love them so). Ok, so for the taste…I couldn’t really discern any milky or creamy notes, but honestly, I have a hard time pinning this down to a particular flavour, as it seems simple and complex at the same time. Like Roxy Music’s Avalon…so many members in the band, but the sound is smooth, but textured. Some people say buttery, and yeah, I guess I could say that, though sometimes I can’t get the descriptives. All I can say about this tea is that it truly does feel like a luxurious tea that tantalizes my taste buds. Should I decide to buy a straight tea, this is one I will definitely consider.

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I have been drinking this one to death with the straight promo, because it’s so darn expensive otherwise! It resteeps like a dream, and it just makes me so beautifully happy.

Amariel

I think that the promo is great, because sometimes we forget the basics of tea under all the fruits and nuts and flavours and all. Of all the straight teas, I think Oolong is my favourite, maybe tied with Darjeeling. I do love me a genmai cha though, and I think they count that as a straight tea.

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I have been drinking this one to death with the straight promo, because it’s so darn expensive otherwise! It resteeps like a dream, and it just makes me so beautifully happy.

Amariel

I think that the promo is great, because sometimes we forget the basics of tea under all the fruits and nuts and flavours and all. Of all the straight teas, I think Oolong is my favourite, maybe tied with Darjeeling. I do love me a genmai cha though, and I think they count that as a straight tea.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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