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88
drank Lishan, Winter by Mountain Tea
83 tasting notes

Another tea from the puerh plus box. This one is just amazing, its smooth sweet buttery, with a tiny touch of spice. Clear light and very flavorful, it has that high mountain taste you get from the really good Taiwan oolongs.

I brewed this tea in my yixing, with 205 water. Starting with a rinse I got a very light clear liquor that produced a wonderful aroma. The first infusion was light and the flavors still hadnt popped yet.

In the second infusion I got the intense honey, spice, pear and peach flavors you get with the high mountain oolong. This continued in the third and fourth, with a slight drop off with the fifth. Though the flavors remain mostly consistent.

This is really nice tea, and Im glad I got to taste it, I havent gotten to taste many lishan oolongs so far. They seem a tiny bit more fruity and spicy than the Alishan oolongs. The type of Taiwan tea , ive tasted most often.

Highly recommended for anyone who likes high mountain or Taiwan tea.

Flavors: Honey, Peach, Pear, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Another tea I forgot I had. This one could almost qualify as “aged” as I think I’ve had it since 2012 when I first ordered from Mountain Tea. I remember not particularly liking this one as it was very floral. The dry leaves seem to have lost most of their aroma and are a little less green.

Brews up floral though! Honeysuckle, gardenia, maybe lavender. Slightly buttery, slightly herbaceous. It has a slight sparkling quality that reminds me of watered down ginger ale.

This might be a pretty good tea if you like floral teas like green Tie Guan Yin, but it’s not for me. I didn’t even make a second steep.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Gardenias, Honeysuckle, Lavender

Preparation
8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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80
drank Imperial Pearl by Mountain Tea
231 tasting notes

Brews up a medium orange with a sweet and savory aroma. This tea has a super clean taste and mouthfeel for a black tea, no maltiness to speak of. The main flavor note that I get is maple syrup/molasses, though it’s only slightly sweet. It’s slightly fruity like citrus and red apples, though slightly vegetal like artichoke. I’d also say that it has a bit of umami and mineral/spring water.

The small, black lumps unfurl into nice, big, dark oolong-like leaves. Lasts a decent number of infusions, but not as infusible as most oolongs or some blacks can be.

Overall it’s fairly nice and may be a good black tea for green tea and oolong drinkers. It’s been I while since I drank it, but it’s very similar to how I remember Mountain Tea’s Black Pearl tasting.

Flavors: Artichoke, Citrus, Maple, Mineral, Molasses, Red Apple, Umami

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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84

I got like six free ounces of this tea during a promotion Mountain Tea did last year. I’m not the biggest drinker of green oolongs, but every once in a while I find myself in the mood and I’ve been slowly working my way through it. Tonight was one of those nights.

I gave it a quick rinse and let the leaves open up for about a minute. Brews a very light yellow-green. Tastes of under-ripe tropical fruits, parsley, kale, and cane sugar. The first steep is a bit thin, but by the second it has a nice creamy texture and flavor. Like some other
greener Taiwan oolongs I’ve had it has a lingering fruity sweetness in the mouth that reminds me of Flintstones vitamins.

Overall it’s a fairly nice, budget Taiwan oolong. Also makes a good overnight cold brew.

I’m planning an order with Mountain Tea to get a big stash of their Amber Oolong, and I want to try their Ruby #18 black and aged Green Heart as well. Any recommendations for other “must try”s ?

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cream, Kale, Parsley, Tropical

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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90

One of the best LiShan Oolongs Iv’e had very floral and good mouth feel got on Amazon for a great price.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Honeysuckle

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Jade Oolong by Mountain Tea
92 tasting notes

Very strong green floral with a strong honey sweetness. This tea has a very strong and pronounced character/flavor/identity as a green oolong and is tasty, if that’s your flavor. However, as distinct and strong as the taste was, it was a bit one dimensional to someone who isn’t a huge fan of floral green oolongs (i.e…. me).

Still thought this was a good tea, though, especially at the price point (I think I got it for something ridiculous like $7/5 oz? I don’t quite remember, it was on mega clearance when I first got it, the heritage honey was only $5/5 oz at the time as well, and I think it’s currently $12/5 oz since they’ve gained some visibility) and tastes deliciously full of nectar and honey which come out front and center when cold brewed.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Honey, Sweet

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Deep floral-nectar sweet with a creamy taste and a light tickle of astringency, but with a nice bit of spice to it, something reminiscent of cinnamon and other slightly spicy tingles to the underside. I liked this one better than the other tea I’ve tried from them (the brusquely labeled “Jade Oolong” they also had on clearance awhile back when I first found them), this has nice slight brown tint of roast or oxidation to the edges of it.

Benefits from a little more leaf as those spiced notes really stand out when pushed with hotter water, more leaf, and faster steeps. I enjoyed this much more than flower bomb oolongs and would consider ordering some more if I didn’t still have about 2-3 oz of this left. I’m a little sad that I’ve been neglecting this one for so long, much of the flavor has faded since I first tried it. I’ll experiment with roasting it for a good while in the slow cooker and see what results, I think.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Creamy, Nectar, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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79

This is nice, but just doesn’t quite come up to some of the other AliShan I’ve tried. They’re usually very smooth — TeaAve’s, I remember was particularly silky. The floral and vegetal notes are here, but to me the balance feels off. It’s just a bit more orchidy than I would like. I’m still experimenting with water temperatures, but so far, the floral notes always come out dominating.

It’s not bad at all, just not a favorite.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94
drank Amber Oolong by Mountain Tea
231 tasting notes

This tea makes me happy. Not because it’s the “best” or “highest quality” tea, but because it’s exactly what I want in a roasted oolong. Good complexity with fruity, spice, grain, and resiny notes with just the right amount of roast to compliment but not overpower. Overall it just “fits” my pallet right, like the worlds most comfortable pair of underwear. I’ve been drinking this a lot lately, whenever I’m not craving anything in particular, and I’ll definitely have to stock up on a lot the next time I order from Mountain Tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Resin, Roasted, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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94
drank Amber Oolong by Mountain Tea
231 tasting notes

Tightly rolled medium brown leaves. Brews and amber color. Has a fruity pineapple note as well as hints of roasted barley, pistachio, brown sugar, cannabis, cream, and cinnamon. A nice medium roasted oolong.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cannabis, Cinnamon, Cream, Nuts, Pineapple, Roasted Barley

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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88
drank Black Pearl by Mountain Tea
1578 tasting notes

First steep: 10 oz disposable coffee cup (because I forgot my travel mug) + boiling water that makes tea undrinkable for like an hour because it is so hot
The pearls unraveled very fast and now fill up the entire teabag (they have expanded about 3x their previous size)

The tea was extremely flavourful and typical of a good quality black tea. I love how it is as strong and bold as a tea that would normally be bitter, but there is no hint of bitterness or astringency from this tea. I also taste oats and tannins.

Second steep: same deal
It only steeps medium gold this time and it a little bit weaker. It taste mostly spaghetti noodles with no sauce, like wheat and wet straw.

Overall, this is a very strong tea the first steep but then is not quite as strong in the next cup. I might experiment with the water temperature to try to get 2-3 cups out of my next leaves.

Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Oats, Tannic, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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87
drank Milk Oolong by Mountain Tea
603 tasting notes

Mountain Tea adds flavoring to this one; their unflavored milk oolong is marketed simply as Jin Xuan. Nevertheless, this tastes very natural to me, even if the creamy buttery flavor is a little stronger than what you would find in unaltered tea. So smooth! So mellow! Really enjoying this one :)

Flavors: Butter, Creamy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Daylon R Thomas

How does this one compare to Mandala’s? I’m wondering because I’ve been looking for the best Milk Oolong for the best price. Mandala’s is the best I’ve tasted, but one that I can’t quite afford to drink everyday. I was wondering if this one could compare.

Tamarindel

Mandala’s milk oolong is by far the most buttery version I’ve ever tasted, so if you’re expecting to get the same experience from Mountain Tea’s milk oolong, I think you’ll be disappointed. That said, Mountain Tea’s milk oolong is still delicious — the creaminess and butter flavor are just on the light side, compared to Mandala’s.

Daylon R Thomas

That’s what I thought, thank you! I actually like lighter teas anyway. How does it do on the sweetness scale?

Tamarindel

I confess, I usually add just a pinch of sugar to this tea. Unaltered, I find it’s slightly on the savory side, but the sugar enhances both its natural sweetness and saltiness, and just seems to give it a richer flavor profile in general.

Daylon R Thomas

Cool. Again, exactly what I wanted to know. Thank you! I might get a smaller sample of it then to try it out.

Tamarindel

Happy to help :) I’ve been very pleased with everything I’ve tried from Mountain Tea so far (which is this one, Black Pearl and Jade Oolong). Their Jin Xuan and Honey Jade sound really good too, so that will probably end up in my next order :)

Daylon R Thomas

Heritage Honey interested me for a daily drinker. $10 for 5 ounces is tempting for that

Tamarindel

Mmm, that sounds really good!

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89
drank Jade Oolong by Mountain Tea
603 tasting notes

Sipdown of this one too :( It didn’t take long for this to become my go-to afternoon tea, so the 2 oz. I purchased to try went really fast. Must get some more asap.

Nicole/Tea-Historic

they’ve got a sale going on, but not for this one. :(

Tamarindel

I saw that! Still sounds like a good sale though, I would never say no to Black Pearl :)

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Oh, and the honey jade for sure. I’m about out of that one!

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89
drank Jade Oolong by Mountain Tea
603 tasting notes

I wish Mountain Tea did samples (I think I would have purchased a sample of each and every one of their oolongs if they had). But even going in blind, jade oolong seemed like a safe bet. Every jade oolong I ever had has been delicious, and this one is no exception. Mountain Tea’s version has a lot of nuance: the honeysuckle note is strongest, but there’s also a hint of butter and a very slight tang. I don’t know that I would have thought of honeydew if I hadn’t seen it in the notes, but I can see how that tang could read as honeydew. Overall, a delightful tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole/Tea-Historic

I really haven’t had anything bad from Mountain Tea.

Tamarindel

That’s good to hear :) Any in particular you’d recommend?

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Well, you’ve reviewed my favorite – the Black Pearl. :) And I’m not sure but if this is the same as Honey Jade Oolong, then you’ve had both of my favorites!

Tamarindel

Actually the Honey Jade is different — I almost grabbed that one, but my budget kicked in and I decided to save it for my NEXT order. Glad to hear it’s good though. And yes, Black Pearl is irresistible. I had another cup today, and despite getting distracted and way oversteeping it on the second round, it was great. I’m always grateful for a tea that can withstand a bit of negligence.

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84
drank Black Pearl by Mountain Tea
603 tasting notes

So excited to get my first order from Mountain Tea :) I received some of their tea in a Tealet contest and was completely won over. Normally I stick to greener oolongs, but I made an exception for this one — it’s SO dark, the first time I had it I was convinced it was black tea. It tastes like raisins and malt, and holds up well to re-steeping. I think a little sugar helps bring out the raisin notes, but it is good with or without.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tamarindel

It’s so unique! Or at least, I have yet to encounter anything like it.

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81

Delightfully brisk, floral, and nutty aroma as well as a pretty light gold color. Refreshing aroma, surprisingly sweet, but with some vegetal flavors at the end. Overall pleasant, although I’m not a fan of the syrupy feeling it leaves behind in the back of the mouth and throat. First quality oolong I’ve bought, though, and pleased with it.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Hay, Honey, Nutty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

Many thanks to TheLastDodo for this welcome sample; it was noted in her stash sale that she would throw in some samples based on what was purchased, and I’ve got to say her choices were amazingly on the nose — I’ve been wanting to try this particular tea for awhile :)

In terms of the dried rolled leaf, this is the greenest oolong I’ve ever seen. It’s like an emerald green. The flavor has some floral notes, but it’s not a sweet tea at all, so it’s interesting to taste the floral combined with the savory notes. It holds up well to re-steeping. This isn’t as much to my taste as the Banten Honey oolong, but it is a good quality tea, very smooth and well-balanced. Thanks, LastDodo, for the chance to try this!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Plunkybug

I love broth oolongs…

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89
drank LiShan, Spring by Mountain Tea
390 tasting notes

First impression from a gongfu session with 190 degree water is awesome! Very floral flavors, with a delightfully sweet finish. This sweetness remains in the mouth for a couple minutes after drinking the tea, and is accompanied by a grassy taste in the mid-late steepings. I wish I had more practice with tasting as it would be neat to be able to pick out the different floral notes in the tea, as were noted on Mountain Tea’s website. Good body to it, especially in steeps 2 and 3, with an alluring crispness.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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83

Good stuff. Just finished the 2 oz of it I ordered, and for the last 5g, I decided to give it a whirl with boiling water/shorter steeps. As expected, more bitter than using 190 degree water like I was before, but I did not find this bitterness unpleasant. The tea had a bit more of a punch. Less sweet, and tasted the roast more. The first couple steeps had what seemed like a slightly buried fruit flavor – I tasted it more crisply with the cooler water.

Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Roasted, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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83

Aroma of the leaves makes it very obvious these were roasted, as they smell of toasted grass to me. The wet leaves’ aroma reminds me in some way of popcorn, with their almost salty notes (maybe more caramel corn). The flavors are as advertised caramel sweetness with some floral undertones as well. Not only good gongfu style, but an awesome one for grandpa style on the go in a thermos. Just a few leaves at the bottom got me through a whole day :) A good one for a great price.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Floral, Sweet, Toasty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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89

This is lovely. I’ve had it several times now but am just now doing a note for it. Green oolongs are my favorite oolongs.

Visually this is appealing as are most oolongs. Leaves unfurling to immense sizes compared to the tight little balls they start as. And there are little hints of reddish brown around the edges which is neat.

This one has nice floral notes up front with a light buttery feel. Almost a jasmine but not really. Second steep becomes more like jasmine. It goes well with a jasmine green tea rubbed goat cheese drizzled with a tiny bit of honey. The strong sour notes in the cheese are offset by the floral jasmine tea leaves, which also bring out more jasmine in the tea itself.

Lengthy steeping brings out a faint bitterness so avoid that. I started with about 30 seconds, left leaf in water while drinking, so probably 2:00 for second cup, 4:30 for third, 6:00+ for fourth – by then it was developing some bitter notes. Watch water temp as well.

With the second pitcher, I waited about a minute before pouring the first cup. Third pitcher was still decent.

Fourth pitcher and a large portion of the flavor was gone. So a good 8 ounces, a decent 4 ounces and then a not great but drinkable 4 ounces on a teaspoon and a half of leaves.

And continuing Use All The Teaware month:
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I think I got this travel set from Verdant last spring. I really haven’t used it much. It’s pretty but 1) I’m nervous about traveling with glass and 2) the infuser basket takes up a good chunk of water space. It came with 6 cups but you’d only be able to serve 4 mostly full ones on a single steeping. I like the cup size, but for this pitcher, they are too large. Not that it matters tons, I rarely have anyone at all to drink tea in this style with me, much less 6 someones. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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90

This is an interesting one, sent kindly as a sample from Mountain Tea. im doing gong fu @ 90 degrees, 10/15/25 etc. the first few steeps have got almond-y notes and later its tasting a bit more like a jade oolong. milkyness in taste and slight butter aroma.

nice lingering aftertaste that changes. im getting some orchids now, similar to a dan cong orchid flavour but without the roasty savouryness.

theres some kind of sweet in there from my childhood too. ahh its milk bottles :)

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Milk, Orchid

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 g

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