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This is the first time I can remember that the flavors described on a tea have represented almost perfectly the flavors that I get when I sip it. I know that the gap between what’s suggested and what I sense comes, probably most of the time, from my uneducated palate…and let’s face it, I love, love, love spicy food, and am pretty unwilling to give it up to create a palate that’s fine-tuned, the way food tasters do.

I haven’t had even a moment’s trouble with this one. Everything they describe is there. The hardest thing for me to locate was the orange blossom, but it IS there…and that much to my delight; having lived in Florida (and even spent some time in working groves, long story), that smell is among my favorites of all time. I had some guacamole earlier, and I suspect that the garlic and onion in the guac sort of battered my taste buds, and that the floral note would be easier to pick out than the nutty note (rather than vice versa) had I not been snacking a little while ago.

The more oolong I have, the more I love it. So many flavors. So full-bodied. This one is pretty tasty.

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Cinoi

Actually drinking this right now, sounds like it will be delicious.

Ricky

Can’t wait to have it. I’ve been holding off on this because I don’t know what to expect.

Robert Godden

I had a se chung oolong yesterday, but was little disappointed. About to write it up. This one sounds great

sophistre

It is great! And it was even good when I finished off the cooled last legs of the cup, after getting caught up with some stuff for a bit and coming back to it. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I hope you like it, Cinoi and Ricky!

teaplz

I really liked this one as well! There was such a yummy, peach and date flavor to it, with nice floral notes. The tasting notes here are really great, and if I knew orange blossom a bit more, I’m sure I’d be able to pick it out!

Hopefully the more oolong I have, the more a fan of it I’ll become. Don’t make the other oolong in the sampler with boiling water! I learned that the hard way.

sophistre

Thanks for the heads-up about that. I had forgotten about your oolong incident…I’ll probably have it tonight, so I’ll be sure to turn the Zojirushi down.

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Cinoi

Actually drinking this right now, sounds like it will be delicious.

Ricky

Can’t wait to have it. I’ve been holding off on this because I don’t know what to expect.

Robert Godden

I had a se chung oolong yesterday, but was little disappointed. About to write it up. This one sounds great

sophistre

It is great! And it was even good when I finished off the cooled last legs of the cup, after getting caught up with some stuff for a bit and coming back to it. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I hope you like it, Cinoi and Ricky!

teaplz

I really liked this one as well! There was such a yummy, peach and date flavor to it, with nice floral notes. The tasting notes here are really great, and if I knew orange blossom a bit more, I’m sure I’d be able to pick it out!

Hopefully the more oolong I have, the more a fan of it I’ll become. Don’t make the other oolong in the sampler with boiling water! I learned that the hard way.

sophistre

Thanks for the heads-up about that. I had forgotten about your oolong incident…I’ll probably have it tonight, so I’ll be sure to turn the Zojirushi down.

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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