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. I enjoy the odd shu puerh too.
Currently looking for the most buttery and sweet green oolong I can find.
Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lilac, 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 stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.
BC, Lower Mainland