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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
2815 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
2815 tasting notes

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… :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Nicole

Yeah, once you discover good tea, you wonder how you lived without it. :)

Honey

This tea sounds beyond amazing. I love oolongs so I must make room in my cupboards to try some from Naivetea :)

TeaBrat

@Nicole – so true!
@Viva La Tea – Naivetea some very nice sampler packs. To me they were worth every penny.

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97
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
2815 tasting notes

I did try cold brewing the rest of this sample for 24 hours. It really brings forth the buttery flavor of this tea but it also made the passionfruit very strong, almost bitter. So I think I can safely say I prefer this hot and it’s a great fruity oolong!

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97
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
2815 tasting notes

Naivetea gets it right! This tea is so right for me!

Thanks to this thread on Steepster I discovered Naivetea:
http://steepster.com/discuss/1832-having-a-love-affair-with-flavored-oolong-teas

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!!!

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Shan Lin Shi by Naivetea
150 tasting notes

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

Dinosara

Sounds like my kind of tea!

TeaBrat

Naivetea is yummy!

Plunkybug

Ditto Dino!

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64

Pretty good for a floral tea, not overwhelmingly scented.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Naivetea
150 tasting notes

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:
http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/teapots-teapot-sets/artisan-teapots/yixing-teapots/p/tiny-mouse-yixing-teapot

TeaBrat

I got some samples from Naivetea and I’ve been really happy with them all so far.

Jenn

I was super happy with this sample! I have a few more that I’m excited to try :)

E Alexander Gerster

Mmmm. Osmanthus and orchid tones get me drooling… I think I will have to give this one a try! I love the little mouse Yixing teapot and nod hello to the one in the window of my local Teavana. ;-)

Jenn

My husband brought the little mouse home to me one day unsolicited. He said that he saw the little guy in Teavana’s window and knew I’d love it. Of course, Teavana is near the Apple store so there may have been some guilt involved. I want the pervy monkey pot next. The one that looks like the tea is poring out of… you know. I want to shock my MIL with that one :)

TeaBrat

I wonder if I need a Yixing teapot? Do you notice a difference?

Jenn

I like that the mouse is the perfect size to brew oolongs gongfu for one person. Over time, the clay is supposed to cure and improve the flavor of subsequent infusions. We shall see.

ashmanra

Jenn, I love your mouse!

Jenn

Thank you! I love that little dude :)

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65
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
61 tasting notes

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).

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
6770 tasting notes

‘Tis the Season to GIVE :)
I’m really making a dent in my stash today! Woot!
Passing this one on to Alphakitty and Azzrian
One last cup to say Goodbye to this gem!

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
6770 tasting notes

Backlogging from earlier today – one hot cup and one cold…both tasty! See other notes…

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
6770 tasting notes

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!

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90
drank Da Yu Ling Oolong by Naivetea
2815 tasting notes

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.

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90
drank Da Yu Ling Oolong by Naivetea
2815 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
596 tasting notes

I saved this for a cold-weather tasting, and it is excellent. Deep, rich, delicious and warming. Strongly recommended.

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93
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
596 tasting notes

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.

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80
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
20 tasting notes

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).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
4847 tasting notes

A delightful Oolong. I love the roasty-toasty-ness of it. It is sweet and savory. A light mouthfeel on this one with hints of a citrus-like tone toward the tail.

Very enjoyable … will be sipping many wonderful infusions of this!

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85
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
4847 tasting notes

This tea was certainly a welcome part of the Oolong October Steepster Select box. I haven’t had a Naivetea tea for a while, and I’ve missed their exceptional quality Oolong.

Toasty and warm. A delightful tea for the approaching autumn. Will write more about this one as I spend more time with it…

Indigobloom

sounds amazing! how was their customer service?

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92

This is really wonderful!!!!

A few things that come to mind right away while drinking this…

Subtle and relaxing…somewhat nutty, sweet, but fairly brothy…also sweet and floral but only a little bit! It has a nice buttery ending, too!

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90
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
61 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Dong Ding by Naivetea
304 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
18 tasting notes

Wonderful lychee flavor and aroma! I followed the steeping instructions provided, and this tea was fantastic. With each subsequent steeping, the lychee flavor became more prominent and sweeter. It is a wonderful tea and will definitely be a staple.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Amy Alice

Maybe you will also like this kind of tea:Lychee black tea

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95
drank Li Shan Oolong by Naivetea
6770 tasting notes

Having a cup of this one before sending the rest to Liberteas, Azzrian, Alpakitty, and maybe the Replacement Traveling Box.

Totally LOVE this! Upping rating! See previous notes!

lcg842

I’m feeling a little lost (and out of the loop!). What is this “Replacement Traveling Box” of which you speak?

TeaEqualsBliss

A bunch of the Steepsters were doing a Traveling Tea Box Swap type thing and Box B got lost in the shuffle and I was next to get it and never did but volunteered to start it back up again and throw in 20 teas to send on to the next person :)

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95
drank Li Shan Oolong by Naivetea
6770 tasting notes

Soft, buttery, floral, sweet…
it’s been too long since I have had a nice Li Shan…this is lovely!

a tad nutty, certainly NOT lacking SMOOTHness!
YAY! YAY for Li Shan and Naivetea!

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