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drank Ginseng Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
79 tasting notes

Funky, weird, tasty…

I’ve been on an Oolong streak for the last week, I have almost knocked off all the oolong’s DAVIDsTEA has to offer, many tasting notes will be coming in the next couple days, especially the straight oolongs.

I kept getting told I had to try this tea, it is one of the favorites of a couple of the girls that work in my local Davids store. At first I was put off of it mistakenly thinking it was ginger not ginseng, after clearing that up I considered it was worth a try.

I found this to be a unique tea not only in appearance but in flavor as well. The ginseng coated oolong balls look more like something you would find at the bottom of an improperly cleaned aquarium, funny enough the smell is not too far off to boot! Steeping the tea brings out more of the ginseng sweetness in the aroma.

The final brew is quite dark compared to a lot of the other oolongs I have been drinking, I believe the only one really comparable so far in color for me has been high mountain oolong. But between various steeping times and Gung Fu methods its been a wide variety of colors and flavors from the oolongs.

I don’t quite know where I sit with this tea, I bought a 26 gram sample and have gone through about half of it. I enjoy the taste but I am still not sure if it is one I would keep in my stash or not, it’s got the rest of this sample to wow me otherwise it might get removed.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Tea, Earl Grey, Hot!

I will attempt to taste and comment on each and every blend offered from DAVIDsTEA and of course anything else that comes across my path.

I only drink tea brewed from loose leaf tea, and tend to sweeten my teas with a teaspoon of raw cane sugar per 8oz of tea and consider a cup either 12oz or 16oz depending on what mug I want to use.

I generally do not put milk in my tea’s; however sometimes I may make a ‘London Fog’ style drink or add milk to herbal infusions to add a bit more creaminess to it.

And I generally enjoy drink a nice hot tea while relaxing listening to some Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd.

I am quite liberal with my Tea ratings, I take the smiley face to heart for judging. If I really like it then it will score a high grade regardless of the brand or if I can keep it in my cupboard or not. But to break it down further a bit more check this out:

0-10 – Wouldn’t drink it if I was dying.
10-20 – Are you sure this didn’t come out of a bag?
20-50 – There is hope for this tea…somewhere but not here
50-60 – Drinkable, but not stockable
60-70 – Ok, were onto something here!
70-80 – Wow you gotta try this
80+ I freaking love it, where can I buy it?

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Vancouver, B.C.

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