Vanilla Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 12 oz / 354 ml

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  • “This is truly one of my favorite teas, even more so when chilled. This is the other pitcher of tea I made for the inlaw invasion, but it wasn't cool in time. Still, by the end of the night, it had...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Enjoying a big cup of this thanks to *Robyn*! The aroma is deliciously vanilla-y and creamy, and the flavour closely matches, with a lovely vanilla aftertaste, although there's almost a bit of a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “You know, I'm so overwhelmed by samples that I totally forgot I had a whole bunch of them from DAVIDs! I got one of the sampler packs in the cute little tins, I forget which one but it has an...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Brought this one to my Shakespearean Acting class today. We're all sitting at the table, and my professor pauses in his lecture, looks at me and goes "Is that wine?" The class turns to stare at...” Read full tasting note
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From DAVIDsTEA

Discover the power of vanilla and oolong, with a little hint of orange. It’s temptingly rich. We’ve used Pouchong tea leaves, the least oxidized of oolongs. Which means that it’s almost as high in antioxidants as green tea. A lucky thing, because this tea is really quite addictive. Who would have thought that something this smooth and creamy could be so healthy?

Ingredients: Taiwanese pouchong oolong tea, green tea, lemon myrtle, marigolds.

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4 of 4! while i wouldn’t be diametrically opposed to a cup of this tea… in comparison to it’s david’s tea-mate ‘vanilla orchid’ this one is not nearly as brilliant. following that metaphor i feel rather as though i might have to squint to see it. however, neither is it the vanilla tea i like least from my 24 hour marathon.

the order (favourite to not-so-much): vanilla orchid by david’s teas, vanilla plantation by silk road, vanilla oolong by david’s teas and lastly vanilla black by harney and sons.

this last tea blend gave me vanilla buttercream again, but with an orange hint. i’m not sure exactly what i don’t like about it… it might be that it’s the combination of base teas? oolong and green… i can be a bit twitchy about hybrids sometimes.

either way, david’s teas surprised me today. i appreciate being able to support canadian business.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

While I no longer adore their teas the way I used to when I first started out, I love their teaware, and I love the stores – they’re so open and friendly. I’ve never felt intimidated like I did when I wandered into Teavana. And, some of their teas are really good. Just others are gimmicky and expensive.

I hope that I enjoy Pumpkin Chai as much as I did last year and that they are bringing it back!

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Initially, I wasn’t too interested in this tea. I mean, vanilla oolong? Kinda dull, right? Well, as usual, the hype got to me. Lots of people seem to like this so I got myself a .5oz sample.

I’m must say, I’m surprised at the size and quality of the leaf. Usually, when I get flavored oolongs, the leaves are kinda crumbly or small. These leaves are large and dark green! Pretty! I also enjoyed the occasional orange petal of some variety.

When brewed, the vanilla flavor seemed pretty artificial to me. It’s like vanilla ice cream, but with a bit of a chemical background. The citrus flavors are pretty light and very enjoyable. Now that I think about it, it’s kind of similar to the Orange Blossom oolong I had earlier today. The other one was way better, possibly because of the jasmine. I feel kind of bad comparing the two but I pretty much had them back to back. :(

In the second steep, the oolong flavor came forward a little better and I could taste something floral and green. I’m really interested in how this tea tastes without the added flavor. I might light it better, to be honest, since the flavoring seems chemical-y to me.

Still, it is enjoyable. I’m going for the third steep where, hopefully, the flavors will have receded enough for me to taste the base more thoroughly. :)

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I wanted to love this since it smells like vanilla custard, but I am just not enjoying it. It tastes too artificial and it’s covering up the oolong for me. I only steeped it for 3 minutes because the 4-7 is a bit long for me for an oolong but I am definitely going to give it another shot. I love vanilla so I probably just have to tweak some things.

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Another sample courtesy of Aisling of Tea. It turns out I like this more than my first time around with it, brewed with more leaf. The vanilla scent was apparent as I was pouring the tea into my little teacup, and the brew itself is a lovely light yellow. The vanilla (or maybe it is the oolong itself) gives the tea a creaminess that feels lovely in the mouth. I don’t get so much of the vanilla flavor on the sip, it is more like the suggestion of vanilla. Certainly not as strong tasting as the smell indicates it should be.

I don’t think it is my perfect vanilla tea. I think I want one that wallops you between the eyes with vanilla. I think that is how strong the vanilla would have to be to be readily apparent to me at this point in time. Or maybe it is hitting me between the eyes and I just don’t get it. The smell is certainly potent enough to suggest a powerful vanilla. Maybe it is because I have hiccups, and that is all I can really focus on. Hmmm.

Brewed at 195F for four minutes, 3 generous teaspoons of leaf/750 ml water.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This was my first oolong, and I’m not sure what to think. I like that it was light and smooth, and I liked the vanilla flavor. However, there was a distinct milkiness to it, and I’m not sure whether it was the excessive vanilla flavour that many people mention this tea has or whether it was the oolong itself. As it cooled, the milkiness came out more and more and this became sweeter. It got sickening as it cooled and I couldn’t finish the last 1/4 of the mug because it was just too much. I really hate milk/cream and this started to taste like warm, super sweet milk.
It’s clear the leaf is high quality; it was nice to see such whole pretty leaves. I will definitely resteep this to see if that milkiness goes away because if it does, I’ve got a feeling I really like the oolong underneath that. I’ll definitely be trying another oolong without a vanilla note (will probably steer clear of DT’s Milk Ooolong as well)

EDIT: The second steep on this was less sweet, but possibly even more milky than the first steep. I couldn’t choke down more than a few mouthfuls. I really don’t like this tea and will have to start a swap pile with it, since others seem to rate it highly. Just not my cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

If you hate milk/cream, DEFINITELY avoid the milk oolong! :P

PatchworkSheep

Do you happen to know if milkiness is a quality that most oolongs have? I feel like there was something about this tea that I liked. It felt nice in my mouth and was nice and light, not bitter or acidic. It was just nice, if it weren’t for that milky flavour. Wondering if there are other types of oolongs I should be looking for.

Kittenna

I don’t think milky is a defining characteristic of oolongs, no! I imagine the vanilla flavouring was what did you in here. Milk oolong is kind of it’s own class. In my opinion, straight green oolongs are typically kind of vegetal and floral, while darker oolongs have a good deal of body and a lovely woody flavour, and often some sweetness. I’d suggest that if you liked the base of this one, try to pick up a straight oxidized (darker) oolong? Butiki and Verdant both definitely have oolongs that fit that category, as do many other shops. DavidsTea may not. I’d offer to send you some samples but I don’t have the time to package anything up right now :( (But since you’re in BC, shipping would be pretty cheap for me to do so!)

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Dry Leaf Nose: Sweet vanilla and fine oolong tea.

Liquor: Medium green and clear with a fresh oolong/vanilla nose.

Flavour: Interesting mix of a fresh, almost piney oolong and sweet vanilla. The oolong tea tempers the vanilla allowing it to remain sweet, recognizable and refreshing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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24 days of tea disassembled: http://instagram.com/p/S10nURoc16/
i’m taking a trip this weekend and i separated the tea samples by type so i can bring a variety with me and my timolino travel mug.
guess where i’m going? … chicago
guess what they have there? … davidstea stores!

momo

My boyfriend’s in Chicago right now for work…you’ll never guess where he was sent, muahahaha. One of them is like a block from an el stop!

Shmiracles

i know hahaha i already tried to figure out the best route to get from the airport to where we are staying via a davidstea.

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I’ve had plenty of this tea over about half a year at this point, but still haven’t decided how I feel about it. It tastes good. The vanilla is rich and creamy. But I wish I could taste the oolong through it, and that it was a little more subtle. When going for an oolong I never expect to be bashed over the head with flavour like this one does. So, yes. Very tasty and creamy vanilla but a bit too heavy for me.

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Thanks to the advent calendar for making me try this one! It’s DT’s only oolong I hadn’t yet tried, the reason being I’m a huge fan of straight oolongs, and for some reason, I always felt like vanilla was going to overwhelm it in here and leave me disappointed. Plus, a vanilla-only flavoured tea? I love vanilla, but I prefer it as a compliment to other flavours.

Well, these 2 problems got resolved in one simple way! What the vanilla compliments here is the oolong! I totally get the taste of oolong, and it doesn’t appear to me like they used a cheap oolong for the blend, it’s quite delicious! I don’t get any of the orange mentioned in the description, but that’s ok, just vanilla and oolong is a tasty combination.
The vanilla makes me think of cake, and the oolong makes me think of… well, a nice straight oolong. We all know cake with a nice cup of straight oolong is heaven, so I’m happy to have all of it in one cup!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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second steep

Umm, full oolong flavour (mostly green tea-esque) that subtle, hard to find vanilla flavouring is now GONE! (pout) but that is life I guess.

It’s still good and I will enjoy the rest of my 10g pouch but, this is not one I will buy, in larger sums, when vanilla is suggested, one expects vanilla!

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