Milk Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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  • “My first MILK OOLONG. Dun dun dun! Actually, more of a wheeeee! I am so super-caffeinated right now. Seriously. BWAHAAAA. Anyway, I bought this at the Coffee & Tea Festival (for those that...” Read full tasting note
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    teaplz 186 tasting notes
  • “Ahhh, Wednesday. I find myself with the day off today [yes, the glories of retail are numerous and boundless] and have been sipping on this sucka for the majority of the morning. Here is what I...” Read full tasting note
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    takgoti 260 tasting notes
  • “This is one of my three finalists for the milk oolong spot in the collection. I guess I need to retaste them all in quick succession. If memory serves - and it may well not - I think the scent of...” Read full tasting note
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    Flowery 142 tasting notes
  • “My standards for milk oolong may be a bit high. This is a natural milk oolong (JIN Xuan) but I still wanted a bit more creaminess from it. I personally would spend my oolong dollars on a...” Read full tasting note
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    LauraR 69 tasting notes

From SerendipiTea

A truly unique tea from Nantou! This lightly oxidized oolong made from Jin Xuan cultivar delivers a pleasant suprise ~ the liquor is smooth & creamy with a hint of cinnamon & roasted sugar, naturally.

Ingredients:
Oolong Tea

Steeping Instructions:
1. Fill kettle with fresh water, then heat.

2. Heat water until below boiling (approx 185° – 200°). Steep 2-3 teaspoons for 30 seconds – 1 min. Subsequent steeps long, up to 4 minutes. *see Oolong section for more information.

Oolong leaves are traditionally steeped three times per sitting

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8 Tasting Notes

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My first MILK OOLONG.

Dun dun dun!

Actually, more of a wheeeee!

I am so super-caffeinated right now. Seriously. BWAHAAAA.

Anyway, I bought this at the Coffee & Tea Festival (for those that didn’t read, I did a huge write-up of the funness: http://steepster.com/teaplz/posts/29743 and yay!) from SerendipiTea on a bit discount. They were so nice at the booth! I didn’t taste this one there, but I couldn’t resist a milk oolong for $9 (special price for the festival) that wasn’t artificially flavored.

Anyway, the leaves are very pretty, green nubby things. Very rolled oolong. The smell coming off of the leaves isn’t very special. A bit green/floral maybe? But nothing super-interesting.

Anyway, the packaging didn’t have any steeping parameters, so I went by what other people have done on other milk oolongs on Steepster. I only did 1 tsp of this in 8 oz. I’ll have to try SerendipiTea’s recommendation on their website when I can… I’ve got 4 oz. of this, so there’s plenty to play around with!

Anyway, the infusion steeps up to a beautiful creamy yellow color that makes me want to eat it all up. And the smell. Homygawd can we talk about the aroma here for a second. Deliciously buttery and creamy and floral and wonderful. Seriously heavenly.

The taste… mmmmm. So light, but packed full of flavor! It’s mostly a floral flavor, very soft but assertive and inviting. Sort of light a tight hug. And then there’s this wonderful milky/creamy note that lingers on the tongue for a bit, enveloped in the floralness. It’s really smooth and nice and mmmmm. It’s definitely more floral than I thought it would be, but not in a rose-like way. More of in a general pollen-y way.

It tastes like spring in a cup, which is awesome, because I’m just about ready to see it coming. I’m sick of this snow.

My mom did not get this tea. She said it smelled like cabbage. WAT. And she said it tasted gross. Whatever, Mom. You are wrong about this.

Anyway, I’m off to make a second steep!

Annnnd the Second Steep (4:00, 190 degrees) was pretty much a success! It was definitely not as wonderful as the first cup, but…

Can I pause for a second to talk about how absolutely gorgeous the leaves are when unfurled? Beautiful. They’re some of the broadest leaves I’ve seen in any tea. SerendipiTea, I love your quality. I love that you’re local. You are awesome.

The color was a bit darker than before, with some rogue sediment on the bottom. At peak, the taste here was kind of “hai, I don’t want to be made into tea anymore.” Once it cooled down a bit, the tea got into more of a happy groove. The milkiness is still there, but it’s a bit subdued. The floral tastes are still very much in the forefront of the flavor. It still tastes pretty damn awesome, and the cup is as fragrant as the first.

YUM! Maybe I’ll do a third steep, we shall see…

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I sympathise on the issue of your mother. Mine thought my Tie Guan Yin, favourite oolong of ALL TIME was stinky…

~lauren.

Oh dear – I am a mom and have a very verbal mother, too, so I can see both points of view! When Mom says something, I am so rolling my eyes, but when I say something, I am right and my kids better listen to me … haha!

teaplz

But this tea smells nothing like cabbage! :( It smells like creamy buttery notes with flowers! Silly mommeh.

Aww, Angry Body, that stinks. I’m sure it smelled wonderful!

And Lauren, we’ll see what happens when I have kids! Hehe, I’m sure I’ll be just like my mom. Which is sort of a scary thought.

In other news, second steepage is up!

Ricky

My mom did not get this tea. She said it smelled like cabbage. WAT. And she said it tasted gross. Whatever, Mom. You are wrong about this. LOL Did you show her this?

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Ahhh, Wednesday. I find myself with the day off today [yes, the glories of retail are numerous and boundless] and have been sipping on this sucka for the majority of the morning. Here is what I have discovered:

1. I like this tea hot better than I like it cooled. Cooled, it gets a bit astringent. Sometimes, I like astringency; it can work to contrast with the flavors the tea has to offer and heightens its better aspects. But in the case of this particular one, the astringency is a bit too close to its profile and it’s kind of unpleasant.

2. That being said, hot, it is rather tasty.

3. The creamy, milky notes are deep, soft, and billowy, however…

4. The floral notes are loud and somewhat overwhelm everything. It pervades both the scent and the taste.

5. On the tongue, I find it difficult to concentrate on other flavors past the floral taste. It’s like…one part gardenia, one part hyacinth, one part roses, one part lilies. I love every single one of those flowers in their own right, but if you put them all together it’s overwhelming in more ways that one.

6. When the creamy aspects of the tea shine, it’s brilliant. They are always there, lending a rounded, opaque sense to the overall flavor of the tea, but I wish that it was more consistently dominant. This could have everything to do with how I brewed it, though, so I’m curious to see what happens in consequent steepings.

7. On the nose, the florals blend with a nearly-just-as-loud fruity component. I’m on the fence as to whether I really like it, or it makes me just a teensy bit queasy. In whole, the scent is strong, young Skywalker.

8. The aftertaste is sweet, and, again, floral. Maybe with a light hint of fruit. Like…an apricot, perhaps.

To round this up, my verdict is positive. It’s a nice tea, and from what I’ve seen thus far I think I’ll be brewing it in smallish quantities so I can enjoy it hot. And next time, I’ll have to remember to use le sorapot.

Slightly saturated but mostly accurate picture from this A.M. | http://bit.ly/a5p6yD

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
teaplz

I gave you this! YAY! And I miss yyoooouuuu. And tea. I don’t really drink that much anymore due to TIME CONSTRAINTS.

takgoti

teaplz! Haha, actually you didn’t give me this! You recommended it, though! I know you had offered to send some at some point, but I ended up pushing my order through and so this tea was from what I purchased. No worries, I got to try it anyway!

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This is one of my three finalists for the milk oolong spot in the collection. I guess I need to retaste them all in quick succession. If memory serves – and it may well not – I think the scent of the dry leaves is a little less impressive than Mandala’s but the flavor is a touch better? And then I remember liking Capital’s version even a bit better than this one? For reference, my gold standard would be ‘punch me in the face with milky oolong flavor.’ Subtle, I am not. UPDATE: Having a little oolong-off here this morning, and the Mandala milk oolong is a bit more flavorful.

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My standards for milk oolong may be a bit high. This is a natural milk oolong (JIN Xuan) but I still wanted a bit more creaminess from it. I personally would spend my oolong dollars on a different milk oolong or SerendipiTea’s Forever Spring.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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Received this as a surprise gift from teaplz the other day. YAY.

The water was probably too hot in preparation, because I was too busy looking up how long to steep this for and forgot I had the kettle on. Whoops.

Regardless… this stuff is pretty awesome. It’s smooth and light, and it’s taking a lot of willpower not to gulp it all down at once. There’s something in there that I can’t quite place—not exactly floral, but something nature-y. After three cups, you’d think I could get it (though let’s be honest here—I’m probably using that as an excuse to drink yet another cup of tea). It’s both comforting and delicious.

Though if I don’t stop drinking tea now, I’ll never be able to fall asleep tonight.

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The scent of this tea is much more green and floral than I was expecting. I hope that it offers something more than that in the flavor!

Sipping… I detect light flowers, sugar and raisins. This cup has a thicker mouthfeel, but it’s not necessarily buttery or milky which is what I look for in a milk oolong. I’m a bit disappointed. This is a drinkable oolong, though, if you like them to be on the greener and more floral side. I feel like it’s just not really milk oolongy enough for me. Oh well, onto the next!

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really nice milk oolong for the price, i’ve seen similar ones sell for more than double. the liquor is very light, this is very much on the light end of oolongs, and the body is very creamy. it really does taste like there is milk in here. it’s a fine tea, subtle, but elegant. good for multiple steepings. so there you go.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is an interesting one I get buttery, creamy (but not sweet cream like other Milk Oolongs) and floral.. Third steeping was when it had slightly sweet taste appear perhaps another might bring it out more. Not exactly what I was expecting but not disappointed

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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