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14 Tasting Notes

85

This is actually a review of Lot #249 of this year.

Nice unbroken leaf; creamy, floral (like Osmanthus), slight melon / cantaloupe flavor. Lingering aftertaste, light liqueur, doesn’t lose strength on resteepings (can go 5 or more), leaves smell amazing in a gaiwan. Tastes similar to Lishan Cui Feng, will have to do a closer comparison of the two soon.

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81

Granted, there’s not much I can say since I don’t have the tea anymore to compare, but I like buttery, floral oolongs and I loved this one. I hope that helps. Maybe I’ll pick it up again for the sake of documentation :)

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81

Another winner from TTC, I thoroughly enjoyed this oolong. I think TTC’s best are the high-mtn oolongs, at least from what I’ve tried. Not much to say, other than classic Dong Ding. Highly recommended.

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54

I couldn’t get into it, not what I’m looking for in an oolong. Kind of squash-like. Okay if you use a small amount of leaf, I guess, but not the best from TTC.

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82

Pretty damn good; tastes sort of like Darjeeling, a little malty and quite delicious. Quite different from the floral oolongs I usually drink, but I’m pleasantly surprised.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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87

At a dollar and a half per ounce for this heavenly brew, there is nothing to complain about. I’ve had Tao of tea before and never been disappointed. This oolong is floral, buttery and full. I can’t even think of how to best describe it yet; I’ll have to update this post once an impression sinks in. Its flavor lasts multiple infusions and is best drunk in a gaiwan. You could have this thing for dessert, no kidding!

Preparation
1 min, 15 sec

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81

I wouldn’t describe this one as very vegetal actually, it really has more of a smooth creamy taste with a little tannin bite. I remember the price being quite high, something like $140/160 per pound. It is a very good tea but can probably be found for much less. In the mid-80s, I’d say, not the best oolong I’ve had but not far behind either.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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90

Definitely a stonefruit taste, peachy and delicious! I ordered a sample of a few grams which was quite pricey ($6) but I tried this tea in Prague and was quite impressed by it (wish I’d stocked up when it was cheap). I bought two gaiwans from Harney & Sons and they really enrich the tea-drinking experience. For this tea, they retain the fragrance in the lid and I feel that drinking frequent infusions of varying strengths is much more enjoyable than a big mug that cools down quickly. A top oolong, just a notch between some of the oolongs from Republic of Tea (believe it was Formosa).

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec

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78

Quite a good oolong, kind of a nutty taste like almond but very light.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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76

It was reduced by 75% at Bristol Farms ($20 orig.) so I had to try it. I had high hopes because of RoT’s Orchid Oolong, but this tea isn’t the same thing. It doesn’t have as distinct a flavor. It’s still a good oolong and refreshing, but no cigar. Maybe if I had a variable temperature kettle, I could get a better taste because of closer temperature accuracy. I’ll keep experimenting with brewing and see if I change my mind.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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