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… if this isn’t an oolong, and a milk oolong at that, I’d be shocked. But, what it is or isn’t is really not important… the important part is the flavour!!

This one’s another one from Mercuryhime, so thanks again for gifting me with all these oolongs! I looked and it was technically only five oolong samples, but… mmmmm :D :D

The aroma here is classic milk oolong, to me. And the flavour is spot on for being a milk oolong. Not as intense as DavidsTea’s version, but definitely the same sort of flavour. Oh man…. this is fabulous. I wonder what the pricing on this one is… if they think it’s a green, perhaps it’s cheaper than a milk oolong…. Anyhow, the delicious milkiness melds wonderfully with a bit of rock sugary sweetness and a fabulous oolong flavour.

Mercuryhime – your swap package couldn’t have arrived at a better time, as I’m pretty sure I finished the last of my Quangzhou Milk Oolong from DavidsTea off with the cup of it I had a week or so ago. How nice is it not to have to go purchase something to satisfy a craving! And it looks like I have enough left for at least two more cups, if not a third if I’m stingy :D I do prefer a stronger milky flavour, but I’d pick this one up again to satisfy a milk oolong craving. Yum.

ETA: Oh man, this is heavenly. HEAVENLY. Second infusion (next day), 94C/4min is absolutely wonderful. Not only is it creamy milk oolong goodness, I am getting a sort of caramelly flavour as well. Seriously…. I am going to have to acquire some of this. Maybe there will be a Steepster out there who makes a mass order of this one and spreads it around. I didn’t look closely at their shipping policy/costs, but ordering one tea to ship to Canada is not likely worthwhile in the slightest.

ETA again: Third infusion, same parameters, same yum, although maybe a bit weaker. Reminiscent of sweetened condensed milk, without the sweet.

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TeaBrat

I just got some of this from Mercuryhime too. I’ll be tryin’ it soon!

Kittenna

If you like milk oolongs, you’ll like it :D

Azzrian

Somehow I ended up with some both from Mercuryhime AND ashmara! I have no idea how this happened – I need to go back and look at my PMs lol but an advance THANK YOU to both lovely people for the samples! I want to try this when I can sit with it and really relax! It sounds wonderful! I have not had too many milk oolongs YET.

Mercuryhime

Yep. I’ve been sending this out left and right since I got it. It’s so tasty and I have so much of it! Gotta share the love! I believe the price is $15 per 4 oz. not a bad price of you ask me! I’m really glad you’re enjoying the samples so far!

ashmanra

I love it! I buy two pouches at a time for me because I go through it so fast. I usually have to order extra for friends. I called the store and they swore it was a green but then wavered when I asked some questions and said they would look into it more and see if it might be a green oolong, but like you said….who cares what it is! It is DELICIOUS!

CHAroma

Hmmm, interesting…the picture looks like an oolong. I’m going to have to try this one too!

pyarkaaloo

WHOA…this is some green tea!! buttery flavor? i am lately all about butter notes in tea…i just love them! Milk Oolong was the first tea i wanted to purchase after joining this site, it just sounded delicious. i look forward to trying my first milk oolong, and certainly a buttery (even caramel-y) green!

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TeaBrat

I just got some of this from Mercuryhime too. I’ll be tryin’ it soon!

Kittenna

If you like milk oolongs, you’ll like it :D

Azzrian

Somehow I ended up with some both from Mercuryhime AND ashmara! I have no idea how this happened – I need to go back and look at my PMs lol but an advance THANK YOU to both lovely people for the samples! I want to try this when I can sit with it and really relax! It sounds wonderful! I have not had too many milk oolongs YET.

Mercuryhime

Yep. I’ve been sending this out left and right since I got it. It’s so tasty and I have so much of it! Gotta share the love! I believe the price is $15 per 4 oz. not a bad price of you ask me! I’m really glad you’re enjoying the samples so far!

ashmanra

I love it! I buy two pouches at a time for me because I go through it so fast. I usually have to order extra for friends. I called the store and they swore it was a green but then wavered when I asked some questions and said they would look into it more and see if it might be a green oolong, but like you said….who cares what it is! It is DELICIOUS!

CHAroma

Hmmm, interesting…the picture looks like an oolong. I’m going to have to try this one too!

pyarkaaloo

WHOA…this is some green tea!! buttery flavor? i am lately all about butter notes in tea…i just love them! Milk Oolong was the first tea i wanted to purchase after joining this site, it just sounded delicious. i look forward to trying my first milk oolong, and certainly a buttery (even caramel-y) green!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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