Osmanthus Oolong

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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This delicious oolong is lightly infused with intensely fragrant, golden yellow osmanthus flowers. It has a very mellow, sweet and delicate taste, with just a hint of floral.

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I’m having alot of “mood tea” moments lately but have found that I don’t always have the right one handy to fill the role.
So… sadly, this tea was forced into filling the void, and well, as expected it didn’t quite do the job.
The tea itself was great. Sweet, oolongy, floral. but not what I was wanting: a solid, malty black tea with milk!
Tomorrow, I am getting that black tea come hell or tepid water!
(sorry, bad attempt at a tea joke there)


thanks again QG!! I think I have enough for one more cup, maybe even two :)

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This tea was a complete surprise to me. I ordered it along with a pu-erh to try on a whim. (I had had a terrible experience with another pu-erh.) Yep, two teas at once.

I’d estimate that the steep time was about 3 minutes 30 seconds… about as long as it took me to pay, collect my bags (yes, plural) and walk around the block to my car.

The tea smelled amazingly yummy. I didn’t get to smell the dry tea and didn’t think to ask. I was so in awe of this new tea house. (New to me, that is.) There was absolutely no bitterness to the tea. It had a very full taste to it. Yes, it did have some floral tones to it, but it did not overtake the strong oolong base.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

Ok now this has confused me for awhile… why are the Steepster tea ratings different than those doled out by reviewers?? Even on those I add to the database myself, Steepster gives the tea a different score than I do!!
I’m glad you had a better Osmanthus experience this time :)


It’s because it’s not a plain average. They use a different statistical model, the name of which I can’t currently remember. The purpose of it is that if four out of five people really like a tea and give it between say 75 and 80 points and the last of the four really hate it and gave it only 5 points, the calculated site rating wouldn’t be completely thrown by the one person who disliked it.


aha, I suppose that makes sense… it’s more of a median than an average. It seems less arbitrary now that I know :)


I remember reading a thread on the way the teas are scored, too. A lot of people were confused about how it’s actually calculated and why you can score a tea, but not write a note, and then the scoring doesn’t post. It was interesting.

The osmanthus was really good this time! I need to get more and if you’re interested, I can send you some to try.


There has to be a better code that they could use…this one is just confusing and inaccurate.
ohhhh I couldn’t trouble you for that! Osmanthus is tempting though :)


Well, I am going to get more anyway…


hmmm, maybe I can send you some Coconut Oolong in return, if you’re interested :)


It’s a deal. :)


yay! does the package you sent me have a return addy?


Yes, and I’m hoping it reaches you soon.

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150 tasting notes

I like this tea! It’s a mistake to let previous bad experiences with a tea type damper you sense of tea tasting adventure, but oolongs have been hit or miss for me so I wasn’t expecting much from this one. Sometimes, I love being wrong.

This oolong has a very delicate floral scent like jasmine on a summer breeze, and that same delicate floral essence comes through perfectly in the brew. At fist sip a get a slightly nutty taste that moves into a nice creamy flavor. And then the beautifully delicate floral flavor comes flowing through for a truly lovely finish.

I have the kind and generous QuiltGuppy to thank for sending me this sample that has effectively turned my troubled relationships with oolongs around. Yay!

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442 tasting notes

Wow is this one floral! I’m not usually a floral girl but I was intrigued by this one, and it is really lovely. I only did two infusions since a little floral goes a long way in my cup, but I definitely enjoyed them. It brews a lovely mellow yellow, the colour of the underside of a daffodil. I can see myself looking for spring as I drink this.

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