99% Oxidized Purple Oolong

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Coffee, Creamy, Mineral, Nutty, Roasted, Floral, Char, Dill, Vinegar
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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 7 oz / 202 ml

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99% oxidized purple oolong. Full rich brew that delivers a dark purple infusion with solid notes of cinnamon, musk, and amber. A rare treat from Sumatra, Indonesia. This tea can be steeped multiple times.

Water Temperature: 206 degrees
Caffeine Content: Medium Bold
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes

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2756 tasting notes

Another tea I picked up from Tealux, woo! Figured I’d get a start on this one since I’m splitting the sample package with Raritea.

Anyhow! The tea just looks like a dark oolong or black to me; I never would have guessed that it’s a “purple” tea at all. It brews up kind of brownish, but not all that dark. When I took a sniff of my mug downstairs, all I could smell was charcoal, which didn’t impress me.

I now have let the tea cool down as per usual, and took a sip…. this stuff is awesome!! It’s deliciously sweet, with a bakey dark oolong note but MUCH more sweetness than I’m used to. A honey sweetness, not rock sugar. And with definite oolong flavours. This is certainly a surprise – I had kind of written this one off once it smelled all burny. Sure, I like burny, but that hadn’t been what I’d been expecting. So I’m stoked that it tastes this good :D I’d definitely pick it up again… it’s very interesting! And yummy. Satisfies cravings for a good solid tea as well as cravings for sweets :)

ETA: I think I saw this in the note from Tea Sipper as well: the second infusion isn’t great. I did just eat, so to be fair, that could be influencing my tastebuds a bit, but I’m really not tasting too much anymore. Just a sweetish, very lightly flavoured dark oolong. Perhaps I should have gone with a longer infusion (I went with 2.5 min). Great first infusion, though!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

‘purple’ is a designation for the leaf varietal. Originally developed as a drought resistant species, the purple leaf has a dark purple to scarlet-violet veins running along the underside of the leaf and the rumor is that is has similar chemical compounds to other purple plants like Acai and purple kale.

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5777 tasting notes

sipdown! this was one from the great canadian travelling teabox that i saved so that i could try it later. today is later! I really like this one! It’s like a dark oolong that could almost be coffee like but isn’t’. No smoke to be found in my cup so that’s lovely. Instead it’s delicious…and suddenly all gone? oopsy haha

Terri HarpLady

I hate when that happens!


Im trying this one now and I quite like it, can’t put my tongue on how to name the flavour, but I like it alot.

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3103 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 92, another one from Sil.
This is a sweet roasty charcoaly tasty cup of yum!

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528 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 375ml

Scent is plum-sweet, leathery and slightly mineral.

Mild, hint of mint flavour (hopefully not from cross contamination of other teas). Slight charcoal flavour. End of sip reminds me of milk. Plum sweetness. Dark chocolate hint.

Second infusion at 4 minutes. Hint of violet floral flavour.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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242 tasting notes

It is really chilly here in TO, perfect for taking beastie down to the ravine for a nice long hike. It’s so peaceful and beautiful there. I guess it was too cold for other dog walkers, since we had the park and ravine to ourselves.

I made steep 4 of this tea when I got back. I’ve had this tea before, and from my notes it looks like I didn’t like it very much the last time. This time around I’m enjoying this a lot more. Roast and charcoal are predominant, goes well on a cool summer day that feels more like autumn. Steep two had very strong mineral notes. Steep 3 and 4 less intense charcoal, but very satisfying and warming roasted flavour.

I guess age mellowed the really intense charcoal that I recall from the last time I had this tea. Thanks to Dexter for the sample!

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1608 tasting notes

Well, these leaves aren’t purple and the steep color isn’t purple, so I have no idea where the purple comes from. The steep color is really a light brown. The leaves in the infuser look even blacker than they did dry… very glossy & delectable looking! This is kind of like the charcoal tasting oolong I had the other day, but the taste of this one is better and more complex. I can actually tell this is an oolong. It’s a very full flavor and apparently this has a lot of caffeine. Tealux has a caffeine meter on their packaging and this one is higher than most of the teas I’ve tried from them. The second steep isn’t as tasty as the first one… it tastes more like charcoal. It reminded me of a less-nice campfire with something burning in it that isn’t very good to sit around. Yikes! I’ve tried a few dark oolongs the past few weeks and I don’t think I’m liking them very much. The first cup would get a higher rating though.

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803 tasting notes

Reserving judgment on this one. The first infusion (which I may have over steeped) was CRAZY smoky, almost offensive in how smoky it was. The second infusion is MUCH better. Dark rich, nutty, woody oolong. I really like this second steep. Next time will start with a shorter first infusion and work up more slowly. All in all I think I will be friends with this tea once I work out my preferred steep parameters.

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141 tasting notes

So this tea, right from reading the name, I was stoked to try it out. And it didn’t disappoint. Thus far I could say that this tea is one of the number 1’s from the Great Canadian Travelling Tea box. Such a wonderful idea, it has opened me up to new teas. I really want to get my hands on more of this wondrous creation. I consumed this tea on Oct 2 & 3 2013. It was a marvelous 2-day event :)

Dry leaf: Dark, like super dark oolong leaves, with kind of a purple-y tinge to it, which I would then deduce, hence the name purple oolong.

Steeped: from a first glance, the water appears to be brownish with a purple tinge. The taste was just PHENOMENAL. Just saying, I was soothed and entranced by this mystical tea. I guess I could describe it as a kind of woodsy taste, maybe just ever slightly bitter and sort of smoky.

Re-Steep 1: This time around it was slightly more subtle, yet still soothing. The only difference? It was slightly sweeter the second time around :)

Re-Steep 2: Lighter than the steep and re-steep. The scent is just so yummy and the taste is yet again subtle. The aroma of the tea is spicy and becomes even more sweet.


Nice review, I liked this one lot too!


Yeah, this one is one of my faves by far _

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768 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells very roasted, and is tightly rolled into small, dark pellets. I want to preface this note by saying that heavily roasted oolongs are generally not my thing, though I do enjoy them on occasion.

Steeped for 2:15 in 90C water. The leaves are just starting to unfurl a bit. The liquor smells roasted and nutty, almost coffee-like, and steeps up to a dark brown with purple undertones.

My first impression of my first sip was NOT GOOD. This sip I tried quite hot and I got smacked with strong roast and mineral notes. Not inherently bad, but it evoked the worst association. The first sip tasted the way outhouse chemicals smell. Dear god. When I’m drinking tea, I do not want to be transported to a well-used port-a-potty.

Fortunately, that first impression was fleeting and did not continue with subsequent sips (yes, I’m stubborn, I continued to sip a tea that made me think of outhouse.) Now that the cup has cooled, the roast and mineral are still there, but they’ve been joined by a creamy nuttiness. Added another 30 seconds of steeping, to get just a bit more flavour into my cup.

This is actually really nice – The roasted flavour doesn’t drown out everything else. If my initial impression hasn’t turned you off completely, worth trying.

Flavors: Coffee, Creamy, Mineral, Nutty, Roasted

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

OMG. I am horrified that I gave you a tea that tastes like an outhouse


Oh don’t be! It ended up being good, and I sometimes have really strange associations with stuff.

I would totally drink it again. Besides, what’s good for one might be terrible for another person, so there’s just no way to know until you taste something. :)


heavily roasted oolongs are probably my least favorite tea type. Never had one make me think port a potty. lol And you kept going… that’s awesome.

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177 tasting notes

With the dry leaves in a warm gaiwan, this purple leaf oolong from Tealux smells very heavily roasted with a hint of vinegar. My only experience with purple leaf tea has been with a Kenyan purple oolong that had a nice plum and berry kind of flavor but was easily over or underbrewed, getting a dirty or bland taste if you went much over or under 170F (I have no idea why this temperature is the sweet spot, but it is the one the vendor recommended and I tried many others to ensure this was the best). The tea was fussy. I also had a purple tips loose leaf raw puer from that same vendor and it had a very heavy woody tastes that was simply not for me.

Not really sure what to expect from this Taiwanese version of purple tea, the smell is priming me for sort of a Wuyi Oolong experience.

The brewed tea has about the same color as the Kenyan purple oolong I had. There’s a slight rosey tint to it. Where most oolongs would be yellowish, orange, or even greenish, this one has more of a peach/pink hint to it from the purple tint of the leaves (caused by high levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin).

The taste is just what I expected from the smell! It is really similar to Sea Dyke brand Shui Xian, a heavily roasted Wuyi oolong you can find for a really low price at Asian grocery stores. There is a great deal of roast flavor along with just a hint of dill. There’s a good deal of char taste like you’d taste on the edges of pan-fried blackened food. It has a bit of a salty finish. If there is any sweetness in this tea it is barely detectible.

Repeated infusions yeilded more of the same flavor, but stronger.

I didn’t find the flavor particularly enjoyable. If you like really roasted flavors you might.

Flavors: Char, Dill, Roasted, Vinegar

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

What a shame!! I would like to try it because the review is intriguing if not slightly disgusting… haha.


I wish I had more! I’d send you some. I haven’t had a purple leaf varietal yet that is impressive. The Kenyan Purple Sunset oolong (from Butiki Teas) was better than this one, but not particularly intriguing. Its flavor comes off really mild and kind of sweet and woody/nutty like rooibos or honeybush.


It is so interesting how we all taste things differently. I had this tea back in the spring and remember tasting deep chocolate. Dill and vinegar how interesting.


i really like purple teas of Dehong fr Yunnan Sourcing.

Terri HarpLady

What Boychik said :)
I’ve really enjoyed all of the purple teas I’ve gotten from YS


Thanks to you Terri I’m hooked

Terri HarpLady

Happy to contribute to your addiction!


I have a purple oolong from Art of Tea, it definitely does have a roasted flavor as well.


TeaTiff, I think the whole concept of tasting notes is really subjective, which is really the entire reason Steepster is here for reviews rather than just having one written description from the vendor. If there was one correct set of flavors present that we’d all detect we wouldn’t need the reviews.

It can be both fascinating and frustrating when people’s notes vary widely. What’s really the most odd to me is that I find if my friend Amanda and I write separate reviews of the same tea on our own sometimes there’s an overlap in descriptions and sometimes they are really different, but if we sit down to have a tea together, we seem to agree on the notes we’re getting.

I think somehow certain qualities of the flavor can slip your mind or you can find them impossible to describe, but if someone makes a suggestion you didn’t think of while you are able to still try the tea, you can make the association and say “Ah, that’s it!”

Terri HarpLady

I totally agree with you on that! :)
Also, sometimes tastes & smells trigger associations in my head, to foods, colors, instruments, etc. Other times I guess Im not as ‘open’ (like when allergies are prevalent)


Yes! I get those other associations sometimes too, especially with colors, not always related to the color of the tea itself.

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