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Black Oolong Blend
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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  • “Yup, still like this one a lot. It's thick and brothy and smooth and yet still mineral-y and sweet. Still get no apples, though. :) I have been looking at my tea stash(es) and my tea cupboard and...” Read full tasting note
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    nburriss 520 tasting notes
  • “Here's another tea from the book club trade with Alpha Kitty! I immediately liked the looks of this tea! It's dark, rolled up, & visually appealing to me, with a dry smell of sweet apple pipe...” Read full tasting note
    Terri HarpLady 2955 tasting notes
  • “thank you *nicole* for sending this one my way! I enjoyed this a lot this morning - it was just the thing to get me going after a rough night of the crazies waking me up several times. I have...” Read full tasting note
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    Silaena 4942 tasting notes
  • “Another one from Nicole! Thanks so much -- it's very appreciated! This one sounds interesting! It looks really delicious too -- very dark leaves for an oolong with hints of red. First steep...” Read full tasting note
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    Tea Sipper 1388 tasting notes

From The Mountain Tea co

This beautiful Sumatran black tea is grown in the mineral-rich, volcanic soils of Indonesia. This tropical paradise, produces a black tea that is naturally sweet with the taste of Washington Red apples. Great iced or hot.

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520 tasting notes

Yup, still like this one a lot. It’s thick and brothy and smooth and yet still mineral-y and sweet. Still get no apples, though. :)

I have been looking at my tea stash(es) and my tea cupboard and my tea shelf and thinking “Man, you really have got to drink this stuff before you buy anything else, on sale or not. This is getting obsessive and probably it probably indicates an addiction. Not to caffeine but to collecting and hoarding.” So I threw out things that I knew from the last tastings were past their prime and not very good. I’m newly resolved to not let my tea “go bad” anymore. And if I do without a favorite for a little bit while I still have a second favorite or two, so be it.

And in pursuit of yet another stash reduction, anyone who wants to try something, let me know. No swap needed, please don’t send me anything. :) My cupboard is up to date. Browse and let me know!

Sil

you can dooo eeeet nicole! if i can get down from 350+ you can get manageable!

Sil

also…this is totally the part where i go… “i’ll take that…and that…and that….” lol

Nicole

LOL…looking at my online cupboard it doesn’t look that bad. But they aren’t sample sizes and they take up huge amounts of real world estate! :)

Dexter

LOL – I can only dream of being that under control….

Sil

steps away from dexter and nicole’s cupboards before the urge overcomes

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2955 tasting notes

Here’s another tea from the book club trade with Alpha Kitty!

I immediately liked the looks of this tea! It’s dark, rolled up, & visually appealing to me, with a dry smell of sweet apple pipe tobacco with a hint of chocolate! MmmmmMMMMmm!
There were no instructions, so I went with 3 minutes.
The wet leaf does not smell quite so appealing to me. It still smells fruity, but there is a bitterness to the aroma.
The cup of tea smells fruity, malty, & bitter.
Flavorwise, it’s ok. Malty, for sure, roasty, a little bit of a buttery taste, & the aftertaste de apple-like. I drank it straight.
Not bad, but not on my list to purchase. Nice to sample though.

Alphakitty

I admit that I picked this one more on the name than on the taste—I mean, it’s one of the characters’ nicknames, how could I resist including it? Sorry if it didn’t quite hit the spot, I find it’s kind of finnicky with water temperature.

Terri HarpLady

When I first saw the names, I was thinking of Black Pearl, like the big pearls of yummy black tea that you can get at teavana, mandala, teavivre, etc. Part of me was expecting something like that in the taste. Anyway, I didn’t dislike it, just probably not something I’ll buy. But, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed sampling it & I am grateful for the trade! What are your suggestions on brewing? I have enough for another cup :D

Alphakitty

I think this one is best in a gaiwan, it tends to be better the shorter the steep. Western, I go with 190 for 2 minutes!

Terri HarpLady

how long in gaiwan, 4 -6 secs per steep?

Alphakitty

I usually do slightly longer steeps (10sec) but whatever you normally do would probably be best for your palate!

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4942 tasting notes

thank you nicole for sending this one my way! I enjoyed this a lot this morning – it was just the thing to get me going after a rough night of the crazies waking me up several times. I have another cup that i’ll spend more time with tomorrow since i didn’t get a chance to really focus on it before i had drunk it all up!

Nicole

I’m glad you liked this one. I definitely want to always have it on hand.

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Another one from Nicole! Thanks so much — it’s very appreciated! This one sounds interesting! It looks really delicious too — very dark leaves for an oolong with hints of red.

First steep —waited around 10 minutes for the water to cool. Then I would infuse for 20 seconds, take the infuser out, sip a bit of it, and then steep for another 20 seconds. I did that until I got to two and a half minutes. Somehow, the flavor stayed consistent. I wasn’t finding the magic in this cup like others have found. There is like a light charcoal flavor and fragrance. I wasn’t finding the apple or anything else fruity that others have mentioned. There really wasn’t any typical oolong flavors here. There is something oaty and vegetal about it. It also dries the mouth a bit. It’s a tough one to describe.

Second steep — I used just boiled water and steeped for one minute. I couldn’t taste test right away — the water was too hot! But it tastes exactly the same as the first cup.

I can’t really tell if this is a tea that you should steep for around 15 seconds or minutes. It seems to taste the same either way. The Mountain site wasn’t too helpful either! I don’t dislike this one, I just think I’m missing something!

Alphakitty

Is this an oolong? I know it looks like one but on their site it is listed as a black tea

Tea Sipper

I was confused about it to… on their site it’s under ‘dark oolongs’. Hmm.

Nicole

I thought it was oolong based on their site but maybe it’s a black

Tea Sipper

No, I think it’s an oolong. I think Alphakitty is just reading it as a black tea from the name. I was doing that too. I originally thought it was an oolong/black hybrid. :D

Alphakitty

No, they actually refer to it as a black tea in the description—“beautiful Sumatran black tea.” It was also listed as a black for their Black Friday sale and then went into the dark oolong section afterwards.

Tea Sipper

What the… I guess Mountain is confused too. To me, it tasted a lot like the monkey picked oolong I had from zentealife.com a couple weeks ago.

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300 tasting notes

I was going to hold off logging this till I had done a few more steeps, I’m brewing gongfu after all and I’ve only brewed for 5-8 seconds but oh my goodness this tea is blowing my mind and I had to share. First off, thank you to tperez for sending me a big pouch of this, several ounces in fact along with many other delicious teas. When I saw this on the swap board I didn’t look it up, I just thought it was the large rolled balls of black tea. I was surprised and delighted when it arrived and I found out that it was far more unique. I think tperez mentioned it was a Taiwanese oolong processed as a black and described it as tasting similar to Teavivre’s Bailn Gongfu Black, yum! However this says it Sumatran, I once passed on a Sumatran Oolong at TeaGschwender and regretted it. Anywho!

At only five seconds this is rich and dark and sweet. I picked up dark rye, raisins and dark chocolate. Then something happened in my cup that flipped my world upside down. I had never understood how a black tea could be fruity, never experienced it beyond the wine notes or a hint of plum or raisin in Darjeeling and a few high mountain teas. But this, oh my goodness, fruit! There are berries in my cup! Raspberries and strawberries and juicy plums and now that I’m reading it, yes apples!

Mind you I didn’t read any descriptions or tasting notes before drinking my first cup. But now I’m off to brew a second and am very excited. I hope the fruit sticks around for awhile! I should probably also eat something, as my head is swimming, beyond my giddiness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Azzrian

I just really feel you can’t go wrong with teas from this company!

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Soo many teas I need to try and write notes for! And I think I have some more waiting for me when I get back to school. :P

Dry leaves: The dry leaves have a thick, chocolaty aroma that reminds me of brownie batter. Its mostly chocolaty, but with some nutty/bready smells as well.

Brewing: The wet leaves have a strong, juicy aroma of red apples. Not like “a little bit apple-ish”, like “if I was blindfolded I would think there was a red apple in front of my face” haha This tea brews lighter than I expected, with the red-gold color of oriental beauty.

Tasting: The tea has a heavy charcoal flavor that sort of reminds me of the coffees grown in Sumatra. I wonder if this is coincidence, or a flavor imparted by the land like the Wuyi “rock” flavor? There are notes of honey, walnut, fresh red apple, and I might be crazy, but anchovy? Not in a bad way, just interesting and I don’t have a better word for it. The tea has a soupy quality that reminds me of some Chinese greens like long jing and bi lo chun.

Overall this is a fairly nice tea. Not a favorite, but definitely unique and worth trying, especially with Mountain Tea’s low prices.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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374 tasting notes

This is a dark roast Sumatran grown oolong, with small tightly rolled nuggets of tea that seem to have been allowed to rest as there is no smoke or charcoal notes apparent.

After a rinse, the tea yields a maple coloured brew that maintained a fairly consistent flavour profile.

I used 1 TSP of leaves in 150 ml of 95°C water.

The first three steeps (35,30,25s). maintained a scent profile consisting of apples, and a sweet floral at times cocoa, malt and cinnamon were present.

The tea tasted of an empire like apple, sometimes with skin, cocoa, butter, malt, a floral note, and cinnamon. Often the darker more bitter notes would be most apparent when hot and then gave way to a more balanced tea full of fruit, floral and spice notes. In the last steep of this set an oatmeal note appeared.

I then did 2 steeps of 35 and 45s, that were fairly weak. Next time I would increase the steeping time by more than 10s at this point. The tea at this point had more oatmeal and malt, less cocoa and fading apple.

The last two steeps were 60s and 2 min. These steeps had tones of apple, oatmeal, malt, cocoa, cinnamon and a hint of honey.

Altogether an enjoyable oolong with good and distinct apple tones. Thanks Nicole, I’ve been wanting to try more of Mountain Tea’s dark Oolong’s.

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T&C TTB Tea # 23 Backlog May 30

Light-medium liquor with a light flavour. Mild apple taste, slightly earthy.

That’s all I got for you. Basically I considered this “straight black tea # 547389” and put it back in the box, because it didn’t really stand out at all.

Sorry for the spam of TTB reviews, I’m done for now!!

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112 tasting notes

Trying this for the first time, sample stolen from the TTB a while back. No tasting note today because school is absolutely killing me at the moment. But if I don’t write this down I’ll probably forget I tried it. >.<
If you’re reading this, I hope stuff is going better for you than me…

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Tea #35 from Considering a new TTB
Dark oolongs aren’t normally among my favorites, but this tea caught me by surprise. Instead of being deep and roasted, it was rather lightly flavored and reminded me somewhat of apples and honey, with only a subtle roasted flavor noticeable in the background. It’s such an interesting tea, I’m glad I decided to be a bit of a glutton and make a whole pot of it. What I don’t finish off tonight, I’ll be able to drink iced tomorrow. This seems like it would make an excellent iced tea.

This tea will not be continuing on, I finished off the last of it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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