Sumatra Oolong Barisan (860)

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190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 250 ml

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This delicate, high quality Oolong from Indonesia is comparable to the best Green Oolongs from Taiwan. Skilled processing and high-altitude cultivation delivers a fragrantly floral, jade-green color. The taste is a mild grassiness that gives way to lush, buttery floral and vanilla notes sure to make a lasting impression on your palate.

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Used one large teaspoon in a gaiwan. Water was boiled and left to cool for a minute or two.
I quickly rinsed the leaves, then set about on this tea adventure!
(Steeps are one cup at a time)
Dry leaves: Tightly rolled and green. Floral and a bit sweet.
First steep: Buttery floral aroma. A bit grassy in taste, but moving toward wonderful oolong smoothness.
Second steep: The aroma has become less grassy and more floral. The flavour, too, is lighter, but with a heavier mouthfeel that I did not notice before. Notes that are somewhat fruity appear in the aftertaste.
Third steep: Two minutes for this steep does not seem to have been enough. Put back for another minute prepares the tea for drinking. Very lightly floral, with a smooth butteryness all about the tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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224 tasting notes

This might finally be one of those oolong you all brag about ;) Leaves cant be compared to those i’ve had before. These are beautiful. Long twirled in little balls.

Even this one smells slightly like the other two i had these days from TeaGschwender dragon well and kukicha. Idk how come. Maybe they all came from the same region or something. Even tho this one would be expected to come from Sumatra hehe.

I’m starting with the second steep this time. Color is quite bright yellow to greenish. Doesn’t taste like usual oolongs at all. Idk how to explain the taste. Let me try the first steeped tea. Feels very under steeped. I should have probably put more oolong in it or steep it longer. Right now i find it very undefinable.

It’s very mild. Even if it was a white tea i’d say it too mild. And i’m getting taste of what feels like chloride which i don’t like. I used water from the sink. Maybe its the bad water day. Hope so. Hope it’s not in the tea. No rating cuz im too confuzzled at the moment about this one.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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190 tasting notes

Another great Oolong to try:

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144 tasting notes

It seems the people at TeaGschwendner already have a knack for accurate descriptions of their teas so here’s a poem . . .

A gentile rainfall
through translucent garden mist.
Moss grows on a cloud.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
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Shelli Meyer

This is my favorite tea at the moment. Lovely poem!

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107 tasting notes

I’ve heard many stories where the tea obsessed receive undrinkable tea from friends as gifts.. lucky for me, my friends have amazing taste. This tea was a gift from a friend a while back and it’s phenomenal. A buttery, light oolong with a bit of grassiness. The flavor description on the bag is spot on.

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102 tasting notes

This tea is almost bursting with flavor, yet its flavor profile is still what I would call “delicate.” I know that seems like a contradiction in terms, but bear with me. It’s definitely an oolong — it has that toasty, sweet note you get in most oolongs — but it’s lighter than a Formosa oolong and not that far off from being a green tea; there’s a bit (but not a lot) of grassy, vegetal goodness in there as well. The color in the cup is yellow, similar to a green tea. It’s just a wonderful flavor; I’ve purchased this one several times, and it’s become a staple in my tea cabinet. It always delivers what I’m looking for when I want a light (but not weak) oolong that goes with just about anything. It’s great to serve with dessert, but also delicious with any type of Asian meal.

I’ve noticed a few reviews stating the tea is too weak. I suggest brewing it a bit longer. I think you need to brew it for at least three minutes; as for me, I always brew it for four minutes, at a slightly lower temperature than the label advises (the label says 194, I brew it at 180), to really bring out the flavors.

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This is actually an awersome oolong – kudos to TeaGschwendner with this one!

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7 tasting notes

great green oolong.
large, dark green leaves, which need much space! even in the dry state a attractive fragrant.
the infusion smells like summer, with vanilla, mango an litschi notes. has a fresh, green and fruity taste. even after the third infusion still an enjoyable.

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59 tasting notes

Definitely a very green oolong, with some green tea astringency. Some subtle floral notes that are quite nice, remindng me of jasmine. I think I may have used a little too much tea, which might be why it is relatively astringent. Either way, still very good. Slight (delicious) buttery aftertaste once it gets cold.

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Still in the package, this Indonesian Oolong has a nice delicate and recognisable, likeable and warm fragrance. The leaves are rolled and somewhat resemble gunpowders, also by the colour.

The taste is quite lovely: smooth and rich, yet light, not far from sweet, still grassy. I would say it inclines towards the green end of Oolong. Some discreet astringency in the aftertaste but you will have to look for it. The fragrance of the dry leaves made me have some olfactory expectations, which were not fully met by the infusion: it smelled a bit too grassy for me (but the smell is rich, perhaps also a touch of hay), particularly on the first steep.

A decent tea, enjoyable and not bad at all but I am not sure if I would buy it again. Still looking for perfection and character.

Flavors: Grass, Green Melons, Mushrooms

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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