drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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So many noms! What an improvement from the bitter Vanilla Oolong; I’m so glad David’s Tea is replacing it with this creamy beauty. It’s like if Quangzhou Milk Oolong decided to frolic in a flower field that had been dosed in vanilla extract. Imagine the oolong balls running along,so carefree, so happy, slowly being covered with vanilla- creamy, milky, floral, and sweet vanilla. I’m glad I left half a pot of this sitting out over night and am gross enough to drink it. It tastes like the soft vanilla in ice cream, and I personally like it cooled or iced.

The vanilla could be overpowering first steep but that’s why oolong is jolly for a second (third, or fourth) steep. You can wash your liberated oolong after that field frolic and feel good about making it clean again(temporarily).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Nicole/Tea-Historic

Freerange oolong balls. What a happy picture!

canadianadia

high five for being gross enough to drink the overnight tea! I do that all the time ;D

TheTeaFairy

Giggles, the oolong balls carefree dance :-) Haven’t tried it yet, but happy about the fact that it’s an improvement from Vanilla Oolong… I always felt it was such a disappointment, wasn’t creamy enough to be called anything vanilla!

CrowKettle

I’m so glad people enjoyed the visual and am relieved that I’m not the only one who drinks the overnight tea! :)

It really is an improvement; I have some of my old Vanilla Oolong and the two don’t even look OR smell alike!

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Nicole/Tea-Historic

Freerange oolong balls. What a happy picture!

canadianadia

high five for being gross enough to drink the overnight tea! I do that all the time ;D

TheTeaFairy

Giggles, the oolong balls carefree dance :-) Haven’t tried it yet, but happy about the fact that it’s an improvement from Vanilla Oolong… I always felt it was such a disappointment, wasn’t creamy enough to be called anything vanilla!

CrowKettle

I’m so glad people enjoyed the visual and am relieved that I’m not the only one who drinks the overnight tea! :)

It really is an improvement; I have some of my old Vanilla Oolong and the two don’t even look OR smell alike!

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and the not so roasted green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Currently looking for the most buttery and sweet green oolong I can find.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, floral, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, orchid, pine, rice, rose, vanilla.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike: apple, cocoa nibs, licorice, marine, peach, stevia

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

91-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

86-90: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-85: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and combined with stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.

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