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Still one of my very favorite oolongs and my favorite thing from the Naivetea line. I’ve been all over San Francisco since tasting other dong dings and scads of other oolongs and none are really coming close, this is definitely unique. I believe it is the 30% roast which I am really enjoying. This is so nutty, creamy and buttery. Holds up to 7 or more short infusions in the Gaiwan.
Slowly I am working my way through two sample packs I got from Naivetea. This must be the last thing I drink with caffeine today if I ever want to go to sleep!
I am very happy with this. The word sublime comes to mind. It is slightly sweet, honeyish with a bit of caramel flavors. It has a lovely golden yellow color and a bit of peach in the aroma. I am getting some buttery notes in the finish. I feel a bit like I’m drinking liquid gold. I’m amazed there is no added flavoring in here. It’s pretty flavorful on it’s own… still going perfectly strong after 3 steeps here of about 2 minutes.
It is quite good so I will probably end up wanting more of it. After the third steep, I was about to cry due to pangs of regret. How could I have wasted so many years of my life drinking crap tea? Naivetea does have a lot of tasty oolongs… :)
Naivetea gets it right! This tea is so right for me!
Thanks to this thread on Steepster I discovered Naivetea:
I tried a few of their plain high altitude oolongs and they are delightful on their own. I’m not sure which tea they are using as the base of their flavored tea but it sure seems to work for me. The passionfruit infusion is sweet and simple, I definitely know it’s there but it doesn’t overwhelm me with a cloying sensation, just a nice juicy fruit flavor. And it also lends itself well to soymilk if you should happen to want a creamier dessert type of experience. I am so happy with this blend, the only thing I’m not so happy about is the price, 2 oz for $16 (but volume discounts apply). Still, what is worse than spending a lot of money on a bunch of crappy tea you can’t even stand? And, you can infuse this multiple times.
This is truly a winner in my book. Wheee!!!
Another oolong. Am I in Love? Maybe…
Tightly rolled little emerald balls of joy with the most amazing aroma of flowers and freshly cut vegetation after a light rain. I find myself sticking my nose deep into my sample bag of Shan Lin Shi just to breathe every molecule of scent in. The pale yellow liquor is soft with a flavor that is equal parts steamed spinach and osmanthus, (in the very best way). So buttery, creamy, and delicious with a beautiful sweet lingering finish. SWOON
I’m a sucker for a good oolong and Wen Shan Bao Zhong is a GOOD oolong. I never cease to be impressed with how delectable a pure, simple, high quality tea can be.
This Bao Zhong has an intoxicating floral aroma dry, but this oolong has a lightly vegetal and almost savory flavor at first sip. A distinctive osmanthus essence with delicate orchid notes quickly takes over, and the finish is slightly creamy. Very, very, very good!
I was able to get seven flavorful steeps out of the leaves just as Naivetea promised.
AND I used this adorable little dude to brew my lovely Wen Shan Bao Zhong:
I still haven’t gotten around to testing some of my tea-of-the-month samplers, so I decided it was time to break them out (especially considering the November batch is coming soon).
This has a great roasted nutty flavor. I didn’t read up on it at all before steeping, so I wasn’t expecting anything in particular. So it was a pleasant surprise! It has a happy scent, too; it fills my room with that same nutty fragrance. It’s a nice tea for autumn. Works well with my current surroundings, with the falling leaves and brisk air (if I wasn’t sitting at work, that is).
This has a roasted aroma going for it. They leaves are tightly wrapped. The post-infusion color is a medium brown – maybe a little on the lighter side of medium. The flavor is lovely. It’s a roasty-nutty flavor that is sweeter and silky. There are slight hints of a sugary flavor hiding in the background, too. The after taste is much like a roasted rice type taste. The more I drink this the more I like it. YUM!
I haven’t been drinking very much oolong recently, I’ve been so busy sampling other things. :)
This is the last of my sample of this and I am enjoying it. It does have a delicate flowery aroma and the flavor is a mild sort of buttery peas. I am finding it very relaxing this morning. See my previous tasting notes for this tea.
I recently got some high altitude oolongs from Naivetea to try. This one is sooo pleasing I could drink it all day. Very mellow, soft and mild. Vegetal and slightly floral with a delightful buttery aftertaste that lingers… fantastic if you like tea of this kind.
Make sure to keep the steeping time low for these, Naivetea provides very clear instructions for water temp & steeping times. Great for multiple infusions.
Wow! My preference is for greener oolongs, but this roasted oolong is stunning. It has an amazing, slightly savory flavor that is tasty now in August, but will also hit the spot come fall and winter. I need to spend more time with this before giving a number rating, but for now, this tea is wonderful.
Phew, I’m so backlogged in tea reviews/adding teas to my tea cupboard it’s not even funny. Since it’s a long weekend here, I’m going to try and get through all of my backlogged reviews…
I was very lucky and won one of the Steepster Select boxes for October and this was included as one of the selections.
I steeped this in boiling water for 3 minutes (directions on the Steepster package, which is different than the directions on Naivetea’s website) and the leaves produced a beautiful light-amber tea with a toasted aroma with a slight herbaceous quality.
The taste was much softer and smoother than I had been expecting due to the aroma and there was a slight caramelized sugar and (very slight) floral finish. The roasting of the tea definitely comes through when I drink this tea and like LissaMarie commented, it reminds me quite a bit of genmaicha.
Though I enjoyed being able to try this tea, I don’t think the roasted oolongs are for me, so I really appreciate being able to try a bit of it without having to commit to a 50 or 100g purchase. My rating of 80 is due to the fact that it really is a lovely tea, just not my cup of tea (sorry, had to! :-P).
This tea is amazing, but full of surprises. Before steeping I smelled this tea, and was surprised by the floral aroma. While steeping, the floral disappeared into a very dank earthy aroma. The tea has a similar earthy nature when you taste it. The earthiness gives way to a slight fruity and herbal flavor.
I am a fan, and can’t wait to see what re-steeping does to this tea.
Scent is nutty and warm.
Taste is standard seed/nut of Oolong, but only lightly. The main portion reminds me of wheat…the dry raspy stalks rather than the seeds.
There is also a strong dark note I can’t place that covers the tongue as it cools.
Over-all? I like this but doubt I’d buy. Maybe, we’ll see as i have some more. This surprises me as I didn’t much care for American Tea Room’s Dong Ding… I wonder what the difference is? My tongue or something about the teas? Who knows? I’ll revisit the ATR’s one to test my taste buds.