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SO. I’ve had this extreme craving for a deep, roasty, mildly nutty OOLONG TEA for weeks!!!
and this was my latest attempt at quelching it. Was I successful? not quite. However I don’t regret this purchase. I needed an oolong for the office anyhow.
The taste is indeed bakey, and fruity just as the description indicates. No sugar required, it’s very sweet all on it’s own, even into the third steep! I wish I’d had time for more :)
I do wish it had more oomph though. It was a little weak on the oolong part and too heavy on the fruit.
The shop didn’t have the “roasty” oolong I waaaaaaant sooooo badly so I had to settle for this, but really it’s not such a bad deal!
They had an oolong/black blend that piqued my interest but I’m wary. That’s a big committment to make! I was 80% sure I would like this one, and if I didn’t well a friend of mine offered to take it off my hands.
Oh, and something else- the leaves had twigs living amongt them! and they were crunchy. Dried out as if they’d been left out of the tin in the sun! Meh. It makes a decent cuppa so it can’t be that badly dried out. (right??)
I think I need to hit up Tea Dynasty. Oi, Zeus help me… please don’t let me buy more tea!
(says the girl who can’t stop thinking about sampling the new David’s tea, or that roasty oolong. or malty assams or… oh dear, I could go on forever)

Kashyap

I always worry about tea spots that label and tea formosa oolong….formosa was just the old imposed european name for Taiwan and so means very little, seeing that Taiwan produces some of the most amazing oolong teas on the planet…and they have so many different kinds, methods, and varietals with so many names…to blanket a tea with a generic name like that is like selling a tea by the simple name of ‘orange pekoe’…its all smoke and mirrors…i want to know the farmer, the grade, the legends, the season…I want to celebrate the wonder of nature in a cup

Jenn

Kashyp, you’re so deep. swoon

Indigobloom

Kashyap: agreed!! I’ve noticed that oolongs, formosa in particular is such a vague title that I never know what I’ll get!! this time I knew it’d be fruity, but I would have loved to learn more before indulging. and I love your sentiment of “celebrating the wonder of nature in a cup”!

Indigobloom

Jenn: agreed! Kashyap is my go to person for all things tea knowledge!

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Kashyap

I always worry about tea spots that label and tea formosa oolong….formosa was just the old imposed european name for Taiwan and so means very little, seeing that Taiwan produces some of the most amazing oolong teas on the planet…and they have so many different kinds, methods, and varietals with so many names…to blanket a tea with a generic name like that is like selling a tea by the simple name of ‘orange pekoe’…its all smoke and mirrors…i want to know the farmer, the grade, the legends, the season…I want to celebrate the wonder of nature in a cup

Jenn

Kashyp, you’re so deep. swoon

Indigobloom

Kashyap: agreed!! I’ve noticed that oolongs, formosa in particular is such a vague title that I never know what I’ll get!! this time I knew it’d be fruity, but I would have loved to learn more before indulging. and I love your sentiment of “celebrating the wonder of nature in a cup”!

Indigobloom

Jenn: agreed! Kashyap is my go to person for all things tea knowledge!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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