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drank Mandarin Silk by Art of Tea
163 tasting notes

This tea could not have come at a better time.
We are having unseasonable cold temps here, today is in the forties and rainy and windy.
I opened the tin and took a big whiff then I felt like Emeril Lagasse, because I said “BAM” right out loud.
With the dry leaves I immediately smelled sugar, caramel and cream.
Once I poured the water over the leaves, I smelled warm milk, then a smokiness…then finally then the earthy Oolong came through gently.
The color is light, more like the color of green tea.
The first sip again brings to mind of warm milk, maybe with a touch of sugar.
Rather comforting.
It finishes with a nice smooth, light Oolong taste.
The second infusion it lost a bit of its sugary milk smell and taste and more of an actual tea flavor comes through.
Now, I do normally like more of a classic Oolong tea.
Most experience I have had with Oolong were in pots of hot strong Oolong delivered to our tables at the local Chinese restaurant.
My father also drank Sunluck or Bigelow Oolong.
But, I do like this tea.
Maybe it is the rain and wind beating against the window right now or the fact this tea is like something a Mother might make for a child who was having trouble sleeping.
I am certainly enjoying this unusual flavored Oolong (this is my first flavored Oolong, by the way)
On a much warmer day than today, I am looking forward to try this tea cold brewed.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Sounds wonderful!

Hesper June

It is!
I am on the third infusion and still enjoying it.

LiberTEAS

We are having some crazy weather here lately too. Lots of rain. Which I know some of you don’t think is crazy for the Pacific NorthWET but, we’re getting a lot of chilly weather to go with it. Normally, this time of year when it rains, it’s at least a warm rain. But it’s been kind of chilly lately. We haven’t needed to run our a/c yet this year, and it’s already June. We usually have it running by the end of May at the latest.

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gmathis

Sounds wonderful!

Hesper June

It is!
I am on the third infusion and still enjoying it.

LiberTEAS

We are having some crazy weather here lately too. Lots of rain. Which I know some of you don’t think is crazy for the Pacific NorthWET but, we’re getting a lot of chilly weather to go with it. Normally, this time of year when it rains, it’s at least a warm rain. But it’s been kind of chilly lately. We haven’t needed to run our a/c yet this year, and it’s already June. We usually have it running by the end of May at the latest.

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A Farmer’s Wife who drinks her tea to forget the din of the world.
Love all tea, from black to herbal concoctions.
Usually start my day with black tea and then move on to Oolong or Green in the afternoon, then finish the day with a tisane.
Loose Leaf teas are my preference, I say “Free the Leaves!” :)
When I am not drinking tea, I enjoy knitting, baking, reading, playing with one of our rescue animals or working along side my husband on our farm.

My rating system is rather relaxed:
50’s or under- Um, is this tea or did I get this from the slop bucket?
60’s- Not really my thing, certainly will not be purchasing again.
70’s- I will give this tea a few more tries to see if it grows on me , right now it is okay but not thrilling me.
80’s- Like this tea a lot. It might be a tea that I have to be in a certain mood for and therefore not a daily drinker, but try to have on hand for those “moods”
90’s and higher- ADORE! Will never be without!

I most always drink my tea plain.
No sweeteners or milk/cream.

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Idaho

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