Yeah.

Um no.

Not going to happen. My suspicions were raised when I smelled the dry leaf. It didn’t initially smell like much of anything, although if I inhaled deeper, I could sort of detect a scent I can only describe as old and earthy. But I soldiered on, because I’m on a quest to discover the spectrum of oolong tea, and why not start with something that’s locally available? I do intend on getting samplers from popular vendors as well, but that isn’t entirely without complication: I’m then going to have to figure out which sample is which, and although there’s a way to do that, it’s timely and annoying and I don’t exactly feel like I have typical reserves of motivation at the moment. So yeah, this tea. I don’t like it. It tastes like bath water. I think I’m beginning to realize that the roasted-tasting oolongs aren’t for me, and i’m assuming that’s what this is. Like it tastes like you could add a pinch of salt to it and it could function as a broth. If there was anything redeeming about this tea though, it’s that you can definitely drink it without additions. I can’t even think of any additions that would redeem this tea, though. The oolong quest continues, despite my starting the journey on a less than pleasant sip. It’s now in my ever-expanding swap pile. i did lean over and invite myself to a sip of Mr. Keychange’s Fantasy Island, and that was lovely. But most of this cup went down the drain. If toasty tea is your thing, have at it. If you’re a fuss pot like me though, it’s just not going to happen.

Nxtdoor

Haha! No, I don’t think this is a very good way to start oolongs. Maybe try flavoured ones first? I started digging oolongs after trying flavoured ones. Happy Kombucha from DAVIDs is a pretty good one if you’re going to do DAVIDs first.

Anna

I picked out some flavoured oolongs for you and dropped into your sample envelope after reading your forum post – maybe one of those will work? If not, you and the other oolong abolitionists can start your own anti-oolong band, producing massive global hits such as, ‘So Long, Eww-Long’. Either way, you win.

TheTeaFairy

Oh noooo! I used to like this one so much! Will this difference of opinion affect our «let’s rule the country together» little side project????

__Morgana__

If you’re looking for a flavored oolong, have you tried Golden Moon’s Sugar Caramel Oolong or the Adagio Grapefruit one? I remember liking both of those (if you like those flavors) and I think you can order them in sample sizes. Crossing my fingers you find your gateway oolong as they are one of my favorites for the experience as well as the flavor!

keychange

Thanks for the responses, guys! the tea fairy, nothing should stand in the way of our revolution; this is but the first test of our partnership, and if we can move beyond this, I’m confident we can weather pretty much any storm. Anna, how very thoughtful of you! I hope I love them, but in the event that I don’t, I shall indeed write up some poetry and songs about my feelings.

Courtney

Haha and I have to say I’m the opposite and generally dislike flavoured oolongs with very few exceptions. :P I will always stand by Gui Fei from Butiki. :)

keychange

nxtdoor, I actually like the only flavoured oolong I’ve had (rose violet calendula by butiki; I love love love florals). I’ll give cumbucha a sniff next time I’m at David’s. And Morgana, I actually haven’t tried those flavours, but I know what reviews I’ll be reading next!

Dinosara

Please don’t judge all oolongs (or all milk oolongs) on this one. I generally find “quangzhou” milk oolongs to be substandard. If you love florals I highly recommended green tieguanyins which have natural floral notes. Verdant is an excellent resource as is Teavivre.

keychange

Fair enough. I’m going to keep an open mind. Just not about anything that’s described as tasting roasted LOL.

TheTeaFairy

Aw, so relieved!
+1 with Dinosara on the green TGY. Also, Da Yu Ling and Wenshan Baozong are superb, two of my favourites are from Tealux, extremely sweet, florals and buttery. A new world of discoveries awaits you Keychange :-)

tigress_al

I didn’t like this one either when I started drinking oolongs, but I like it now.
I definitely had to start out on oolongs with flavoured ones. Butiki oolongs are great, and Long life oolong at DavidsTea is pretty good.
Good luck on your oolong adventure!

Dexter

(I like this one with just a touch of forever nuts tossed in – about 1 1/2 tsp of this with 1/2 tsp of forever nuts… but that’s just me)

Kamyria

I usually love oolongs and I have an order of this on the way, so it better be good! lol Dexter, forever nuts and milk oolong… sounds pretty good… I’m going to have to try it.

Dexter

This isn’t my favorite oolong, always think it needs a little something – the little something I like is forever nuts. You might like it just the way it is though. :))

caile

I’m going to try this with forever nuts – sounds interesting!

keychange

Look at all our new discoveries! yay

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Nxtdoor

Haha! No, I don’t think this is a very good way to start oolongs. Maybe try flavoured ones first? I started digging oolongs after trying flavoured ones. Happy Kombucha from DAVIDs is a pretty good one if you’re going to do DAVIDs first.

Anna

I picked out some flavoured oolongs for you and dropped into your sample envelope after reading your forum post – maybe one of those will work? If not, you and the other oolong abolitionists can start your own anti-oolong band, producing massive global hits such as, ‘So Long, Eww-Long’. Either way, you win.

TheTeaFairy

Oh noooo! I used to like this one so much! Will this difference of opinion affect our «let’s rule the country together» little side project????

__Morgana__

If you’re looking for a flavored oolong, have you tried Golden Moon’s Sugar Caramel Oolong or the Adagio Grapefruit one? I remember liking both of those (if you like those flavors) and I think you can order them in sample sizes. Crossing my fingers you find your gateway oolong as they are one of my favorites for the experience as well as the flavor!

keychange

Thanks for the responses, guys! the tea fairy, nothing should stand in the way of our revolution; this is but the first test of our partnership, and if we can move beyond this, I’m confident we can weather pretty much any storm. Anna, how very thoughtful of you! I hope I love them, but in the event that I don’t, I shall indeed write up some poetry and songs about my feelings.

Courtney

Haha and I have to say I’m the opposite and generally dislike flavoured oolongs with very few exceptions. :P I will always stand by Gui Fei from Butiki. :)

keychange

nxtdoor, I actually like the only flavoured oolong I’ve had (rose violet calendula by butiki; I love love love florals). I’ll give cumbucha a sniff next time I’m at David’s. And Morgana, I actually haven’t tried those flavours, but I know what reviews I’ll be reading next!

Dinosara

Please don’t judge all oolongs (or all milk oolongs) on this one. I generally find “quangzhou” milk oolongs to be substandard. If you love florals I highly recommended green tieguanyins which have natural floral notes. Verdant is an excellent resource as is Teavivre.

keychange

Fair enough. I’m going to keep an open mind. Just not about anything that’s described as tasting roasted LOL.

TheTeaFairy

Aw, so relieved!
+1 with Dinosara on the green TGY. Also, Da Yu Ling and Wenshan Baozong are superb, two of my favourites are from Tealux, extremely sweet, florals and buttery. A new world of discoveries awaits you Keychange :-)

tigress_al

I didn’t like this one either when I started drinking oolongs, but I like it now.
I definitely had to start out on oolongs with flavoured ones. Butiki oolongs are great, and Long life oolong at DavidsTea is pretty good.
Good luck on your oolong adventure!

Dexter

(I like this one with just a touch of forever nuts tossed in – about 1 1/2 tsp of this with 1/2 tsp of forever nuts… but that’s just me)

Kamyria

I usually love oolongs and I have an order of this on the way, so it better be good! lol Dexter, forever nuts and milk oolong… sounds pretty good… I’m going to have to try it.

Dexter

This isn’t my favorite oolong, always think it needs a little something – the little something I like is forever nuts. You might like it just the way it is though. :))

caile

I’m going to try this with forever nuts – sounds interesting!

keychange

Look at all our new discoveries! yay

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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