Formosa Tung Ting Jade Oolong (618)

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Oolong Tea
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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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Named after its bright jade cup color, this Oolong is grown in Formosa’s Tung Ting Mountains at an altitude of over 6000 feet. Oxidized only about 22%, it is a highly aromatic, green Oolong with an striking floral scent reminiscent of honeysuckle and gardenia. The liquor is full-bodied, sweet and refreshing, and lingers on the palate.

Recommendations: Use 1 heaping tsp. per 6 oz. cup; heat fresh cold water until steaming briskly (195ºF); let steep for 2 1/2 minutes.

The leaves support many consecutive infusions, making it a great tea for Gungfu style preparation.

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14 Tasting Notes

95
93 tasting notes

Yay, oolong!
I have conferred with myself and voted oolong to be one of my favorite teas from now on. Oh, I always liked oolong but today I decided to love them.

And how can I not? You get small puny tiny leaves and after steeping GREAT & HUGE leafs takes over your little mug. The color of the tea is yellow – such a yummy color.
The tea smells of some kind of berry (I know, strange…) flowers and veggies.

First sip: CARDEMOM.
Yup. It’s cardemom flavor, I am sure of it. I wonder if I should try to steep it at a lower temp. to get the flavors the other peeps are tasting?

Still Digging into the Package Doulton send me.
Cheers ;)

Kryptryx

Do you recall the temperature and steep time you used?

Rijje

85-90 celcius. 4 min.

Kryptryx

Temperature is ok. Try just 2 minutes, with three steeps. You can get different flavors on each steep.

Kryptryx

Sometimes 1 minute steeps are sufficient also.

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The first impression of the brewed tea is a strong sense that I am wearing spinach perfume. I’m not put off. There’s a company that makes odd perfumes: Demeter Fragrances: http://www.demeterfragrance.com/
They are novelty odors and don’t have much staying power. I consult their web site to see if they have spinach perfume. No, but if you are interested in wafting of celery, dregs, earthworm, tarnish, vinyl, or waffles, that’s the perfume company for you.

The tea is still hot and tastes like really rich spinach water. As it cools, however, more flavors are starting to emerge. It’s as if someone unleashed some fruit and flowers into the spinach brew. And yes, it’s like butter.

Does anyone remember “Coffee Talk with Linda Richman” on SNL? She thought that Barbra Streisand was just like “buttah” and so is this tea. It’s a deep golden brew of buttery spinach with a touch of flower and little slice on honeydew on the side.

I’m liking this and looking forward to the second steep. I hope that nobody is put off by my description of “spinach” tea because I really do think that the taste has got something of ineffable sublimity to it and I have not found the words to describe it adequately.

SECOND STEEPING: What a difference! I steeped this for 2 mins and 30 seconds and should have left it at 2 minutes. It’s slightly oversteeped. The spinach aroma and taste have disappeared almost entirely—just fleeting little returns are present. Aside from the slight overbrewing (a lesson to learn: green teas are more sensitive than the ever vigilant infant who suspects his or her parents have fallen asleep and hence must shout inconsolably) this is a very light floral experience. Orchid? I cannot quite pin it down. I don’t recognize it from any of my perfumes. It’s subtle but excellent.

THIRD STEEPING: The cost of this tea has become eminently reasonable when I consider that I can get three very good cups from it. The third steeping was less rich and deep and tasted more like a generic vegetal green tea that was somehow buttered. I also added a tiny bit of brown sugar and that was nice—the natural sweetness of the tea does not require any additions, but I wanted to experiment. It still felt like a full brew but less distinctively unique. Third cup remains most certainly satisfying and rich; did not have any hint of being “water down” in any way.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

I love Linda Richman! I confess that one of my tasting notes said a tea was like buttah – with no irony!! :) :) :) I also seem to channel Molly Shannon’s character Helen Madden, the “Joyologist”, who goes on talk shows and says “I love it, I love it!” (whilst kicking her leg out! I swear I don’t do that part)

Doulton

You must perfect the insouciant art of kicking out your legs! Pretend to be Nora Charles or a 1920’s vamp. It would suit you.
How enshrined in the Pantheon of my memories is that fabulous day when Madonna was on Linda Richman and Barbra actually appeared!

Unfortunately of all the SNL characters, my default seems to be the hapless Garth. I sing “Pain Cave” to myself with regularity and I’m a natural side-kick character—a J. Alfred Prufrock.

takgoti

I’m getting verklempt!

Let me give you all a topic!

Ralph Fiennes is neither spelled Raeph, nor Fines. Discuss!

[One of my favorite parts from that bit that I still love to pull out every once in a while.]

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96
36 tasting notes

I keep forgetting about this one. It’s such a fine tea. I feel like a old Chinese Zen poet when I drink it. ;-)

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411 tasting notes

This oolong is very green. In a good way.
The mouthfeel is creamy, and it’s got a nice floral after-taste.

The only thing I don’t like too much about this tea is that it doesn’t smell as luscious as other oolong teas.

Otherwise, good tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
vicki arnold

There once was a girl named Wombat,
Who thought her knowledge of tea was all that.
She tasted a few, and her love for it grew.
Now she’s a tea brewer reviewer.

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75
144 tasting notes

Bright and sweet with a little bit of moss, this tea bears a very delicious springtime quality. Steeped five times with increasing toastiness.

Very, very easy to drink (while frolicking in the forest with my cats).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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100
7 tasting notes

One of the best Oolong’s around. It should be light, floral, honeysuckle-like.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75
25 tasting notes

still flavorful after the third steeping!

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75
80 tasting notes

So good .. Hoping to get about 3 steeps out of it (195-200 degrees for 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2 minutes).

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75
60 tasting notes

Drinking it from a tea thermos again. I just top it up once in a while, and I have continuous tea for a couple hours.

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