This oolong teabag was sent to me by Azzrian… but I’m 95% certain it’s not a green oolong. It steeped up pretty dark, and smells more like genmaicha, but could also be a darker oolong.

Oh dear. I thought 3 minutes would be appropriate but I think it’s oversteeped :( I suppose it should have occurred to me that it’s a teabag, and therefore will infuse stronger/more quickly! Blah. I think I have another one of these left, so will have to try again later. The flavour (minus the astringency/bitterness) isn’t bad though; kind of sweet/nutty/toasty.

And thus concludes Round 1 of plowing through all the tea samples I have left to try! A good number of hits, and the misses are because that’s all I had left to try! :)

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CHAroma

You certainly did plow through a great number of teas! It’s been hard trying to keep up with all the tasting notes! ;)

Azzrian

Hummm I have three kinds of bags from them – one is Jasmine Green, one just says Oolong, the other is a pu-erh. All bagged. Got them free with other orders. I bet it isn’t green oolong.
I don’t like that their bags do not have the names of the tea on them as they can get mixed up at times. If I wrote GREEN oolong on your baggie I put them in then I was wrong to do that. :)

Kittenna

CHAroma – I went through my dashboard at one point last night, and it was practically a one-woman show! Hahahaha, whoops :D

Azzrian – you just told me it was an oolong, and I looked in your cupboard to see which one it was, and you had this one reviewed. It definitely was more along the lines of a roasted oolong though, but I had no idea which one!

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CHAroma

You certainly did plow through a great number of teas! It’s been hard trying to keep up with all the tasting notes! ;)

Azzrian

Hummm I have three kinds of bags from them – one is Jasmine Green, one just says Oolong, the other is a pu-erh. All bagged. Got them free with other orders. I bet it isn’t green oolong.
I don’t like that their bags do not have the names of the tea on them as they can get mixed up at times. If I wrote GREEN oolong on your baggie I put them in then I was wrong to do that. :)

Kittenna

CHAroma – I went through my dashboard at one point last night, and it was practically a one-woman show! Hahahaha, whoops :D

Azzrian – you just told me it was an oolong, and I looked in your cupboard to see which one it was, and you had this one reviewed. It definitely was more along the lines of a roasted oolong though, but I had no idea which one!

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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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