From Simple Loose Leaf’s July box. I expected this to be covered in powder, like other ginseng oolongs I’ve seen online, but there’s no trace of powder at all. It looks like a dark yellow-green rolled oolong. It smells quite grassy and sweet, and for some reason like peanuts in the shell? Lol. The package suggested 3-5 minutes, so I did 4.

I’m always amazed by how big oolong leaves get when steeped. It’s like magic! :D I’ve only tried one green oolong, but this smells similar to how I remember it. It’s rather sweet-smelling, with fruity (peach?) and floral notes. There’s also a vegetal scent similar to sencha. This is an extremely light-tasting tea. All of the flavors are subtle and I found them a little hard to pick out individually. But here goes! I could definitely taste a light vegetal note, but it was so mild that I can’t really be specific. The tea is lightly sweet in an almost fruity way, and I taste a mild and fresh floral note, especially in the aftertaste. And it’s really quite buttery which is nice. :)

I’m not going to rate this because I’m not sure I’m getting all the nuances here. I may try this again with more leaf or a longer steep but for now, I wouldn’t purchase it.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Peach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
SarsyPie

Hey, no fair! My box didn’t arrive yet! LOL. I love oolongs, so I am really looking forward to this one. :)

Cameron B.

It was a bit mild for me, but I think trying more tea or a longer steep would help. :)

SarsyPie

Duly noted. I like stronger teas, so I’ll use more and let it go a little longer when it arrives!

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SarsyPie

Hey, no fair! My box didn’t arrive yet! LOL. I love oolongs, so I am really looking forward to this one. :)

Cameron B.

It was a bit mild for me, but I think trying more tea or a longer steep would help. :)

SarsyPie

Duly noted. I like stronger teas, so I’ll use more and let it go a little longer when it arrives!

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m 28 years old and currently living in Austin, Texas with my boyfriend of 5 years. We’re both software engineers working in the Semiconductor manufacturing field. I am a staunch lover of pugs and other squishy-faced dogs, although sadly I do not currently have one.

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I will often sweeten iced tea. I brew Western style, and love to use small teapots and Japanese-style cups so I don’t have to wait for a giant mug to cool! My favorite teas tend to be black or green, and often flavored.

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Likes:
Chinese black teas
Chinese green teas
Japanese green teas
Genmaicha
Earl Grey
Red fruits
Stonefruit
Berries (esp. blueberry)
Apple
Citrus
Mint
Caramel
Maple
Banana
Butterscotch

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Sage
Rosemary
Strong ginger
Strong bergamot
Strong hibiscus

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50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
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