Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Milk, Toasty, Creamy, Floral, Vegetal, Flowers, Mineral, Cream, Berries, Grass, Sweet, Butter
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 6 g 8 oz / 242 ml

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  • “I couldn't help it, I had to try this one right away in comparison. First off, the dry leaf smells much less strongly milky and creamy; it's more fresh and green. You can certainly tell which one...” Read full tasting note
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    dinosara 1979 tasting notes
  • “I brewed this in my little gongfu pot today. I did 7 steeps: rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s,85s. It took longer for the creamy taste to develop using this method. And it seemed to be more...” Read full tasting note
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    tigress_al 812 tasting notes
  • “Another sipdown! (96) I find this one has a mild floral taste, a bit of grassiness and a lot of cream to it. It seems like this milk oolong is stronger some of the other unflavoured milk oolongs...” Read full tasting note
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    cavocorax 1699 tasting notes
  • “Went to bed last night before I had a chance to log this because my computer was acting up: I finally decided that this tea is just too good not to drink. It's just my last packet so I think I...” Read full tasting note
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    MegWesley 526 tasting notes

From Teavivre

Origin: Alishan, Nantou, Taiwan

Ingredients: Evenly and tightly rolled tea leaves

Harvest time: May 15, 2014
Taste: Natural unique milk and osmanthus aroma

Brew: 3-4 teaspoons for 8oz of water. Brew at 212 ºF (100 ºC) for 1 to 3 minutes (exact time depends on your taste – a longer time will give the tea a stronger taste and color)

Health Benefits: The substance in the tea helps to prevent the decaying of teeth and halting the plaque build-up and also reduce the growth of glucosyltransferase. Polyphenolic compounds in Jin Xuan Oolong can prevent overall oxidise, and Purine alkaloids have the function of clear free radicals, so that it can have effect of preventing aging.

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166 Tasting Notes

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1979 tasting notes

I couldn’t help it, I had to try this one right away in comparison. First off, the dry leaf smells much less strongly milky and creamy; it’s more fresh and green. You can certainly tell which one is flavored by smelling the dry leaf!

This one smells more floral as well, and I do have to say that I think this one has more of an inherant sweetness and creamy mouthfeel that is just not as present in the flavored variety. Though both are tasty, I do prefer this one. I think these two are very good illustration of flavored vs. unflavored milk oolongs and what shows up in each variety. The flavored was very similar to lots of milk oolongs I’ve had before… all flash in the high notes with not much to back it up. This one is more reserved up front, but overall sweeter and creamier when brewed the exact same way. I’m also interested to see how they both fare in gong fu (but that’s for another day!)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cheryl

Thanks for the comparison. This is the one I chose to test, so more hopeful now : )

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I brewed this in my little gongfu pot today.

I did 7 steeps: rinse,25s,35s,45s,55s,65s,75s,85s.

It took longer for the creamy taste to develop using this method. And it seemed to be more vegetal when prepared this way versus western brewing. It is still buttery and floral. And definitely enjoyable. However, I think I do prefer the western brewing method with this particular oolong.

Kittenna

I find that I prefer the western brewing method for a number of teas. I tend to really enjoy only the first couple infusions or so with gong-fu-ish brewing anyways, so it’s kind of a waste of time. However, there are some teas that really shine gong-fu style! Perhaps if my palate was better-developed, my opinion on this would be different :P

tigress_al

Ya, I have found that I actually like the Bailin Gongfu and the Yun nan golden tip from Teavivre better brewed gongfu. Have you tried these ones gongfu?

I am learning that my palate is developing more and more over time. And I am liking straight teas more and more as well.

Doug F

I agree, Kittenna. other than really good pu-erhs, which I might infuse three times or so in my little pot, I’m a one-and-done kind of tea drinker. It truly perplexes me when I see people doing multiple brewings of green and black teas; I don’t get much flavor after the first good steep.

Kittenna

I definitely re-steep things – there are some flavoured whites that do fabulously! – but western-style. I should try the bailin gongfu with the shorter infusions – I think I’ve only had it once, and that would have been western-brewed. I’m also liking straight teas more – artificial flavouring seems to be getting to me. Not bad sometimes, but not always what I’m craving!

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Another sipdown! (96)

I find this one has a mild floral taste, a bit of grassiness and a lot of cream to it. It seems like this milk oolong is stronger some of the other unflavoured milk oolongs I’ve had. It’s funny, because when I had it before I didn’t get much cream, but this time I did. Maybe I’m getting better at detecting notes?

Maybe?

This is surprising to me, but I guess I like oolongs now. That’s what happens when you drink one each day for a few weeks, I guess. :P I still can’t say much about them, and remember exactly which one is which, but I do find myself craving one first thing in the morning as a gentler wake me up.

I even chose this over trying new teas from DAVIDsTEA. :P

So I’ll definitely have to order something from Teavivre. I just don’t know which oolong I’ll want. And then maybe I’ll order a few more samples to help me figure out what I like. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
El Monstro

I had to kind of warm up to oolongs, didn’t like them when I was younger. Flash forward to the past few weeks, it’s almost all I’ve been drinking.

ifjuly

Agreed. I really really didn’t like oolong until very recently, and it started towards the green end and has slowly been creeping over to the roastier side. Oolong drift!

Cavocorax

Oolong drift – I love that term. :)
Glad to see I’m not the only one. Did you guys end up getting the samples from Teavivre when they had them for $8?

Cavocorax

(Because that’s what got me into trying them)

ifjuly

Alas no! (But I do really dig this oolong, think it was one of the ones that really convinced me.) Lately, and I know this isn’t tea snob popular but, I’m finding oolongs make a much better base for additional flavors than black tea. I love coconut and milk oolongs (flavored or natural), and really fruity and tropical flavored ones as well.

I’m trying to wait ‘til I have a huge order ready for Teavivre, ’cause Teavivre packages are guaranteed to be ones I have to go to the post office to pick up and I’m so very lazy about that stuff. I’ve had a handful of their oolongs in sample size though…this was one of my favorites along with, IIRC, a TGY (and man, I used to really dislike all the Wuyi oolongs).

ifjuly

got cut off somehow, huh. I used to really dislike all the Wuyi oolongs but IIRC Teavivre’s was one I didn’t mind too much and I’d be curious about trying it again and seeing if I’ve changed.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I hate how my post office guy doesn’t EVEN TRY to deliver my Teavivre packages. It’s not a huge deal, but if I don’t get a ride it’s a half hour walk and that won’t be fun in the winter. I’d better order soon, or in the spring.

El Monstro

Yeah I bought a bunch of the samples when they were having the oolong sale, still have a couple I need to open and try.

El Monstro

Also, upton has pretty good, inexpensive oolong samples.

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Went to bed last night before I had a chance to log this because my computer was acting up:

I finally decided that this tea is just too good not to drink. It’s just my last packet so I think I was trying to make it “last” by not drinking it, but by not drinking it I didn’t get to enjoy it.

I did notice that it is slightly sweeter if you have it with a dessert. I normally wouldn’t have placed it as a tea I would have with dessert, but that slight extra sweetness made it extra yummy.

The only trouble with oolongs is that they last all day. I need to get another french press so I can brew two types of tea during the day.

K S

If you are like me, you just can’t dump the leaf and move on. I don’t have a single steeper in my drawer. I have tried developing some sharing friends at work, but one likes only Lipton the other only likes black teas. So, like George Thorogood, I drink alone – and pee often. ha!

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Revised note;
Dropped the temp to 185. I had this tea AGAIN tonight yet didn’t remember that I had it before until I saw my score on the Steepster reviews page. It’s funny to go back and see what I was writing my first few days of being on here. I don’t see anything that I think is wrong, just not enough of it. I shall correct…
Normally I like to do my tasting withn a fresh palate before eating (not sure if it makes a difference), but today I could not help myself. I made my wife scrambled eggs with sweet onions, sweet banana peppers, jalepeno, and tomatoes (Mr Stripey/Ruckers) all pulled fresh from the garden. Wow fresh is good. Only wish I woulda grabbed the brown eggs I considered stopping for the other day.
On with the tea. Pale green color. Unfurling brought good sized leaves. Nice aroma that I soon found hinted at taste to follow. Initially I was impressioned with a green, but not grassy, slightly minty flavor. There were delicate notes of floral sweetness and little to no astringency. The buttery creaminess was so good and it hung with me for a little bit, coating my mouth and leaving a pleasant aftertaste indeed.
Second steeping the sweet remained though not as sharp or minty. The creaminess was still present too. The flavor became bolder but the astrigency remained nuetral. It’s very refreshing and, truthfully, hard to put down. I ended up steeping this one maybe 7 times, backing off the amount of water and bumping up the duration a little each time. I found it to change slightly each time with the final cup leaving me with a salty soup like flavor that was still holding on to a touch of the sweet notes. A splendid drink I would suggest to anyone.
Tune;The Glorious 9th,by Ludwig Van
I did not listen to this tonight, we were actually playing the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Edition of-Risk, though I left it to see if anyone knows what I meant by it…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Claire

Beethoven’s 9th, I’m assuming?

Kittenna

You want to see if anyone knows what you mean by the tune you posted?? Beethoven’s 9th? I’m confused :P

Rebecca Lynn

Clockwork Orange!

Charles Thomas Draper

Try cold-brewing this one

tunes&tea

BRAVO! Rebecca Lynn!

Kittenna

Interesting! I was thinking that there’s no way you were fishing for just what I wrote :D

meliorate

Milk oolongs are so delicious, aren’t they?

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518 tasting notes

So I’m trying this awesome sample from Azzrian in my brand new glass mug with strainer and lid. I can drink tea at work without those paper filters now! Awesome! I also love how lovely the tea looks through the glass. I want to just look out the window and drink tea for the rest of the day.

I’m quite enjoying this one. It’s not as creamy and milky as other milk oolongs I’ve tried. I think I’ve only had David’s and the three from Tea from Taiwan. It’s also quite it bit more drying on the tongue, though not unpleasantly. This may be because I’ve always brewed my oolongs with below recommended temperatures. I tend to prefer them that way, but I followed directions this time. Hmm… I guess I’ll try a cooler temp next time and see how it goes.

As it is, this oolong is very nice for a daily brew. The first steep was sweet and floral with a light milkiness. This second brew is more vegetal with an aftertaste of unripe melon. There’s a heaviness in the mouthfeel but the lightly floral scent in the back of the sip keeps things balanced.

Not my favorite to be honest, but it makes a good everyday tea. I wonder if I’ll like the flavored one more. :D

Thank you again, Azzrian, for the chance to taste this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Lynxiebrat

Glad some people like it….I did like it at 1st, and thought it might grow on me more….Alas, it didn’t pouts

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Phew finally finished a marathon steeping with this tea!
(Okay that’s untrue. I slowly enjoyed it over 2 days and it was wonderful)

I found the 3rd steep to be my favourite – it was the sweetest and creamiest with no hint of bitterness.

And the price for this tea is phenomenal! Thank you Angel and team for the samples, I think you found a new customer in me (and I’ve only tried one sample!)

Full Review here: http://www.daisychubb.com/review-taiwan-jin-xuan-milk-oolong-tea/

teawing

I agree with you, this one is very good, economical, and you CAN steep it for days!

DaisyChubb

I love that! I’ve had some teas not work too well overnight, but this one worked poifectly :)

ashmanra

Ooooo! Want, want!

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WOW. I received the samples I had requested from Teavivre today, and I am blown away by their generosity! Samples of five different teas, each sample looking to be enough to brew 4 cups. I am so excited to get going on these!

My roommate has never tried a milk oolong (or straight oolong, for that matter) before, and requested we try this one first.

The dry tea definitely doesn’t smell as creamy as DavidsTea’s Quangzhou Milk Oolong, the only other one that I really have experience with, but it does smell good and a bit floral. I’ll have to take better notes next time; I’m not opening up a second packet just to write about how the dry tea smells (and I just don’t remember the details right now).

I used one packet in 250ml of water in my little steeper.

First infusion (~95C, ~2min)
Smells floral and orchidy, with perhaps a hint of creaminess. The taste is delicate and lightly floral, with just a touch of creaminess. I’m getting some vegetal classic “oolong flavour”, particularly lingering at the end of the sip, which is really tasty.

Second infusion (~96C, ~2min)
Mostly a fresh orchidy oolong smell this time. Really not getting any creaminess, just a touch of floral notes back by the delicious oolong flavour.

Third infusion (~96C, ~3min)
Very little aroma this time, and the taste is clean and a bit astringent. No creaminess and barely anything floral left, but still a good infusion because I can taste oolong! Actually, I’m getting a bit of something fruity or sweet in the finish as well. Yum.

Fourth infusion (~98C, ~3min)
Again, pretty much no aroma. The flavour is now somewhat like a fruity, astringent wood, but in the best possible way I can mean that! I’m actually getting a bit of a resurgence of creaminess although it’s a bit different this time. Perhaps buttery instead of creamy.

Probably could have gone for a fifth infusion, but I’m exhausted.

Overall, a good oolong, but the difference between this milk oolong and DT’s is quite striking, so much so that I would have assumed that this one was just a regular tieguanyin. I’ll have to do some direct comparisons to really get my head around it. If I’m looking for a tea that’s very creamy though, I probably wouldn’t pick this one. Next time I plan to keep to stricter infusion times and temperatures, perhaps trying the boiling temperature that they recommend, as it seems people have had success with it? I also should mention that my tastebuds seemed a little off today, so that could account for flavours not tasting as they should as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

I agree that I get excited to taste the tea myself but sometimes the tastebuds don’t turn on. Good thing there’s more tea! I’m finding that I have to set time aside for really having a long peaceful space or the experiece falls short. I have 4 tea’s waiting for a review because I need to dedicate half a day to each one at least. This is a new way of thinking isn’t it!

Kittenna

Yes, that’s exactly it. I need to have a good hour minimum and peace and quiet to concentrate so I can really enjoy and think about the tea, and tonight I just can’t focus, and so many distractions were making me have trouble tasting the tea properly. I also have a backlog of teas that I need to take time with trying, and I just haven’t had as much time as I’d have liked lately!

Indigobloom

Ohmygoodness, how many teas sit untasted in my cupboard for that same reason… not just that, but I need it to be when nobody else is home. The fam just doesn’t understand lol

Uniquity

I feel terrible, but I hardly ever have the time required to sit down and properly savour my samples from Teavivre (and others!) I have tried three or four of them so far, but only have managed to log 3. It’s not that I’m ungrateful, I just seem to lead a busy life. Working full time, visiting with family, fitting in workouts and really dedicating myself to cooking and health in general leaves me pretty zonked. If I get time in the evening I tend to read and therefore don’t have the focus for a proper review. I usually only have time on weekends, but I tend to be visiting out of town family most weekends. Ah well!

TeaVivre

If you want a milk oolong tea with stronger milk flavor. I suggest you have a look of this Flavored Milk Oolong Tea:
http://www.teavivre.com/jin-xuan-tea-flavored/

Kittenna

TeaVivre – I’m not sure that I necessarily want a stronger milk flavour, I was just expecting it after my one experience with a milk oolong! The tea was lovely though, and I’m convinced that my tastebuds may be refusing to acknowledge some more complex flavours right now. I’ll probably put that flavoured oolong on my list for later though :)

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First, and most importantly, I apologize for my brief absence. I have had to deal with doggy issues, solving problems at work, dealing with family issues, but now, finally, everything has worked out for the best and I am able to sit down and have my first cup of tea while I finally relax. It is amazing how tension builds up and once everything over, you just suddenly feel like you are a balloon full of stale air that desperately needed to be popped. I am so happy to be back!

I love Ooolongs, and Milk Oolongs have always had a soft spot in my taste-buds. Just thinking about them my mouth waters… So, after all the hype that Teavivre has had on Steepster, I had to try their Milk Oolong. I placed and order, that took forever to get to me (all customs fault, Teavivre service was wonderful. Sometimes shipping to Ecuador is a hassle…). It finally arrived, and being in the middle of all the problems I was having, I didn’t really feel up to trying new teas. So, finally, the storm has passed and I will indulge.

The leaves are nicely rolled and a very enticing green. The scent was fresh, creamy and a tad bit mineral. Not quite as sweet scented as other milk oolongs I have tried, but very creamy and inviting.

I steeped it for 2mins and ended up with a delicate golden liquor. The scent was intensified and the creaminess started prancing about tempting me o gulp the entire glass down. Yuuuummm…

First sip, unsweetened, delicious. All of the creamy smoothness that a milk oolong promises. The first sensation in the sip is creaminess with a tad of creamy sweet flavor, followed by brief mineral savoriness and an ending of sweet aftertaste, all oolong goodness.

The second brew was just as good, but different. The creamy sensation/flavor became stronger and the mineral flavor was played down a bit. The sweet aftertaste was still there and making me smile.

Third brew I lost a bit of the creamy and found a bit of the mineral, but, still delicious.

I never sweetened it, but somehow, Oolongs never seem to need sweetening. The delicate sweet aftertaste gets lost under sugar, honey, Splenda, or any sweetener I have ever tried. So, I don’t think I will be writing about this one sweetened any time soon… It is sooo good plain.

Once again, it feels great to be back in the tea world with fellow Steepters! : ) Also, this tea is really worth a try! : )

Preparation
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kOmpir

Welcome back :) I also got that oolong just few days ago. Stay tuned for the review :)

Azzrian

Sounds wonderful and glad everything worked out for the best.

Cheryl

Glad Sencha is doing better (or so it sounds).

Ninavampi

kOmpir- Looking forward to your review! : )
Azzrian and Cheryl – Sencha is doing much better. Just had a minor scare with some swelling, but turned out I was being paranoid, exams proved it was fine. Better safe than sorry! : )

Kittenna

It always warms my heart to hear of people who are so protective of their pets :) I believe that pets deserve just as much care as a human member of the family! (Which is part of the reason I am currently pet-less, as I wouldn’t be able to afford the care a pet deserved if something unexpected happened).

Indigobloom

phew, I’m so happy your Sencha is ok! and welcome back :)

ScottTeaMan

Looks like this is another tea I’m gonna order from Teavivre!

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