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drank Orchid Oolong by Art of Tea
240 tasting notes

I was rummaging around in my tea box (Yes, I keep my tea in a box. It’s easier to pack it up for when I go home for the weekend.), and I came accross my 4 oz. bag of this. I looked back, and realized that I hadn’t had any of this for something like 5 months, so I decided to retry it.

Today I’m actually not going to brew my Oolong grandpa style, and instead, opted for standard Western-style brewing. I’m using boiling water, with a rather generous ammount of leaves, and steeping for 3 minutes. Recently, I’ve found that Green Oolongs don’t benefit from long infusions, as it starts to get more astringent, and the flavors are more muddled.

After brewing the first infusion, I realized how much more appealing it is to drink this tea when the weather is actually warm. The aroma is very pleasant, and very appropriate for the beautiful weather today. The taste is a lot better than I remember, especially because it isn’t even the least bit astringent. The flavor of the tea is also a bit sweeter than I remember, possibly because I used a quicker infusion. Regardless, I’m upping the rating on this tea.

The second infusion saw the developement of a pleasant aftertaste. A lightly floral flavor lingers on the hard palate, lasting for at least 1 minute. It’s not a long-lasting as Tie Guan Yin, but that’s not really a fair comparision. Also, this infusion was a bit sweeter, but other wise the flavor was unchanged.

More to come later.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

How big is the box? :-P

Joshua Smith

Approximately 12 in by 15 in by 4 in. It holds my entire stock of tea, which amounts to something close to 700 grams right now.

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TeaBrat

How big is the box? :-P

Joshua Smith

Approximately 12 in by 15 in by 4 in. It holds my entire stock of tea, which amounts to something close to 700 grams right now.

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I am a university student, studying Computer Science, who found that I really enjoy a nice cup of tea. I finally got into loose-leaf tea in August of 2011. I am currently in the process of expanding my horizons, and have found that I have a particular fondness for Oolongs in general, and Wuyi Yanchas in particular. The unique mineral taste is very appealing to me, as well as a nice Sencha. More recently, I’ve developed a taste for Sheng puerh, white tea, and black teas. The only things I’ve tried that I didn’t like was Shu puerh, but that might have been because it was quite young. Regardless, I’ve been slowly expanding my horizons, so if you have any recommendations, please feel free to send me a PM.

Just for the heck of it, my other interests include classical musics (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Debussy, Shostakovitch, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Wagner, to name a few composers). I also have a fondness for a bit more modern music, like The Beatles, all Jazz (by all, I really do mean all), Gorillaz (I love Demon Days), and a couple of Indie artists you will never run across unless you play a lot of semi obscure Indie games. Also, I love cats.

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