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The first sachet to try from my random Amazon impulse tea purchase! OSULLOC is a Korean company located in Jeju province, which is an island off of the south coast. A lot of their teas seem to have native ingredients blended in with locally produced tea. And the packaging is so pretty! So naturally, I couldn’t resist buying a sampler… https://www.instagram.com/p/CH_h3TYAqph/

The directions recommended 5 ounces of water per sachet? Which I promptly disregarded since the sachets looked normal size and used about 8 ounces of water as I usually do (although to be honest, I’ve never measured it and could be completely wrong in my estimate…). The packaging calls the tea “post-fermented”, which immediately made me think of puerh. However, the listing here calls it oolong and the leaves also resembled an oxidized oolong or black tea. The liquor is also quite light amber in color, so… Your guess is as good as mine.

I will say, this is a lovely tea. To be fair, I don’t get a lot from the base tea, perhaps a hint of autumn leaf? The tangerine flavor is lovely and relatively accurate in my opinion, with a nice bright zingy flavor that make me think of clementines. There’s also a very sweet floral note that reminds me strongly of osmanthus. It melds so well with the tangerine here, which is the most prominent at the beginning of the sip. The osmanthus note is mellow at first sip, but then grows and shines near the end. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of acidic tangerine peel and sweet floral nectar.

Overall, I’m very happy with this one. It’s a lovely light and very aromatic tea that feels fancy and special. The tangerine flavor is great and reminds me of my beloved Kumquat from Lupicia. A great start to my OSULLOC experience! :)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Citrus, Floral, Nectar, Orange, Orange Zest, Osmanthus, Perfume, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
derk

woof, that sounds good!

Cameron B.

It would be nice to taste the oolong a bit more perhaps, but otherwise it’s a very lovely and fragrant blend. :)

Martin Bednář

Come on… I want those tea bags now! They would be a blast in my collection.

gmathis

I have an O’Sulloc Korean Wedding Tea that is years old and is still absolutely delicious. Can only imagine how the fresh stuff tastes!

Martin Bednář

If you want to swap, drop me a message. Although I think those were very expensive ones :o)

Cameron B.

@gmathis – That one is in my set as well, and to be honest I’m worried about it since it lists rose, which is not my favorite. :P

@Martin – Definitely more expensive than usual, but I felt it was worth a try. We definitely should do a swap, though perhaps next year would be better. :)

gmathis

I’ll watch for your Wedding Tea review…I don’t like heavily floral stuff, either, but my (again, old and decayed) version didn’t strike me as such. Putting it on the to-drink roster!

Martin Bednář

Cameron B. — I don’t mind; though would like those teas in :P

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derk

woof, that sounds good!

Cameron B.

It would be nice to taste the oolong a bit more perhaps, but otherwise it’s a very lovely and fragrant blend. :)

Martin Bednář

Come on… I want those tea bags now! They would be a blast in my collection.

gmathis

I have an O’Sulloc Korean Wedding Tea that is years old and is still absolutely delicious. Can only imagine how the fresh stuff tastes!

Martin Bednář

If you want to swap, drop me a message. Although I think those were very expensive ones :o)

Cameron B.

@gmathis – That one is in my set as well, and to be honest I’m worried about it since it lists rose, which is not my favorite. :P

@Martin – Definitely more expensive than usual, but I felt it was worth a try. We definitely should do a swap, though perhaps next year would be better. :)

gmathis

I’ll watch for your Wedding Tea review…I don’t like heavily floral stuff, either, but my (again, old and decayed) version didn’t strike me as such. Putting it on the to-drink roster!

Martin Bednář

Cameron B. — I don’t mind; though would like those teas in :P

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Hi, I’m Cameron! I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, bento, baking, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is collecting hobby related-things… ;)

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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 fluctuate between using mugs or teapots with small cups depending on the season. Occasionally I’ll brew Gongfu style when I’m in the mood. I also use a kyusu for Japanese teas.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

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I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, and oolong varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however. I also enjoy maté, rooibos, honeybush, and herbal tisanes. I love matcha and drink it often!

Fruit: All of them! My ‘go-to’s tend to be in the red fruits, stonefruit, or citrus spectra. I also really love apple, banana, berry, fig, lychee, melon, pear, and rhubarb flavors. Tropical fruits aren’t among my favorites, but I still enjoy them once in a while – especially passionfruit, mango, and pineapple. I am not generally a fan of coconut in tea, though there are some exceptions.

Dessert: I love creamy vanilla and marshmallow flavors, along with anything in the caramel family such as butterscotch, toffee, or maple. Chocolate is also a favorite, though I’m often disappointed by it in tea. And don’t forget anything buttery, cakey, or cookie-y!

Floral: I’m a little bit more particular in this category. I very much enjoy jasmine, even strong jasmine, along with sakura and chamomile. But I’m not crazy about rose or lavender flavors, and I prefer hibiscus in moderation only.

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Aromatics: I’m obsessed with Earl Grey! I also love cooling flavors such as mint (especially spearmint), pine, juniper, and eucalyptus. I am not a fan of strong rosemary or sage in tea.

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