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drank Cherry Blossom by OSULLOC
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I was feeling like a fancy little tea break this afternoon, so I decided to steep up one of my pretty OSULLOC sachets from a set that I impulse bought on Amazon a few months back. And of course, fancy means I’m pairing it with a lovely vintage teacup. The one I chose is from Tuscan china and has lovely yellow flowers and blue berries on it with gold accents. :3

I admit, the aroma of this tea almost knocked me over from the moment I tore open the wrapper. It’s very strong cherry candy with some hints of tartness. And the taste is much the same, though thankfully not quite as extreme. It’s similar to a generic cherry lollipop, like the kind with the little loop for a handle. Very, very sweet cherry candy flavor. There is a bit of balancing tartness, however, from the hibiscus. The description also mentions pineapple, but I don’t see that written anywhere on my package. I’m not sure whether I get any sakura? Perhaps a hint of floral somewhere? There’s also a powderiness that makes me think of smarties.

According to the wrapper, this is a blend of black and “post-fermented” tea. I’m not sure if they mean pu’erh or if it’s just an unclear translation. It certainly doesn’t taste like pu’erh to me? The base is quite light, even for a black tea, with a slightly musty flavor to it.

Anyway, it’s very interesting. I don’t think it’s something I would order just because it veers a bit into cherry cough drop territory, but I do enjoy that it has some balancing tartness to it. Overall, a fairly enjoyable cuppa despite being distinctly cherry candy.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Candy, Chalk, Cherry, Floral, Hibiscus, Musty, Pineapple, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for fancy tea beaks! What a lovely tradition, especially needed in these tough times.

Cameron B.

Ha ha, I have to be sure to use my vintage teacups every once in a while! :P

Evol Ving Ness

Vintage tea cups and saucers are so pretty. I tend to drink teas in quantity, so their petite-ness might be wasted on me. Still, maybe for a treat one day…

Cameron B.

Oh definitely, I like to pair them with tea sachets because it’s hard to know how much tea to use for such a tiny cup.

Evol Ving Ness

Surely, you use a fancy teapot too!

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drank Wedding Green Tea by OSULLOC
2443 tasting notes

I admit, I pulled this one out to try mostly to get it over with. Going by the description, it seems to be a floral green tea with rose. I really don’t like rose, so I was not anticipating enjoying this one.

However, I was shocked when I opened the sachet wrapper and such a strong and sweet grape scent wafted out! I see now that “muscat” is mentioned in the tasting notes on the back of the wrapper, but since the word “floral” is plastered everywhere I didn’t notice. The scent reminds me of Lupicia’s red grape teas, like Jingle Bells and Yamabudo (or grape Hi-Chews). Steeped this according to the recommended parameters.

Yum, this is tasty! The bright red grape is definitely the strongest note, and it’s very juicy and mouthwatering. There are definitely some floral undertones, and it’s a tad perfumey but not overwhelming. I think rose is among the flowers, though I can’t identify any others. I can taste the base tea just a little bit, and it has a sencha-like sweet grassy flavor with a bit of a vegetal quality.

Overall, so pleasantly surprised by this one. I was expecting floral overload and it’s not that at all, the floral is a nice accent to this sweet grapey tea. :)

Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Grass, Muscatel, Perfume, Rose, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML
gmathis

Yep! Agreed. Mine is old enough the grape flavor has dwindled a bit, but still good!

Cameron B.

It’s definitely a strongly flavored tea, so I’m sure it’s still yummy! :D

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The first sachet to try from my random Amazon impulse tea purchase! OSULLOC is a Korean company located in Jeju province, which is an island off of the south coast. A lot of their teas seem to have native ingredients blended in with locally produced tea. And the packaging is so pretty! So naturally, I couldn’t resist buying a sampler… https://www.instagram.com/p/CH_h3TYAqph/

The directions recommended 5 ounces of water per sachet? Which I promptly disregarded since the sachets looked normal size and used about 8 ounces of water as I usually do (although to be honest, I’ve never measured it and could be completely wrong in my estimate…). The packaging calls the tea “post-fermented”, which immediately made me think of puerh. However, the listing here calls it oolong and the leaves also resembled an oxidized oolong or black tea. The liquor is also quite light amber in color, so… Your guess is as good as mine.

I will say, this is a lovely tea. To be fair, I don’t get a lot from the base tea, perhaps a hint of autumn leaf? The tangerine flavor is lovely and relatively accurate in my opinion, with a nice bright zingy flavor that make me think of clementines. There’s also a very sweet floral note that reminds me strongly of osmanthus. It melds so well with the tangerine here, which is the most prominent at the beginning of the sip. The osmanthus note is mellow at first sip, but then grows and shines near the end. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of acidic tangerine peel and sweet floral nectar.

Overall, I’m very happy with this one. It’s a lovely light and very aromatic tea that feels fancy and special. The tangerine flavor is great and reminds me of my beloved Kumquat from Lupicia. A great start to my OSULLOC experience! :)

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Citrus, Floral, Nectar, Orange, Orange Zest, Osmanthus, Perfume, Smooth, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
derk

woof, that sounds good!

Cameron B.

It would be nice to taste the oolong a bit more perhaps, but otherwise it’s a very lovely and fragrant blend. :)

Martin Bednář

Come on… I want those tea bags now! They would be a blast in my collection.

gmathis

I have an O’Sulloc Korean Wedding Tea that is years old and is still absolutely delicious. Can only imagine how the fresh stuff tastes!

Martin Bednář

If you want to swap, drop me a message. Although I think those were very expensive ones :o)

Cameron B.

@gmathis – That one is in my set as well, and to be honest I’m worried about it since it lists rose, which is not my favorite. :P

@Martin – Definitely more expensive than usual, but I felt it was worth a try. We definitely should do a swap, though perhaps next year would be better. :)

gmathis

I’ll watch for your Wedding Tea review…I don’t like heavily floral stuff, either, but my (again, old and decayed) version didn’t strike me as such. Putting it on the to-drink roster!

Martin Bednář

Cameron B. — I don’t mind; though would like those teas in :P

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Flavors: Floral, Green

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I like this tea, you can taste the papaya but it is not too chemical of a flavor The smell is also very nice. I rather like osulloc teas in general, but I do wish they were easier to get when I am not in Korea.

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drank Moon Walk by O'Sulloc
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A light, refreshing tea, very rosy in color. I got two good cups (10 oz each) out of one sachet. This tea was given to my cousins as a gift, and the packaging was almost entirely in Korean. (They read Chinese fluently, but could not figure out what kind of tea this is.) As they drink nothing but Yunnan, and I am interested in tasting things, I took several sachets home to try. Pear notes predominate, and there are pieces of candy in it, which are apparently called Konpeito. This is new to me, but I normally choose only unflavored, unblended teas. Pear happens to be the one fruit flavor I like in tea, so I will enjoy offering this tea to guests as a rare treat.

Flavors: Pear, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Cacao Banana by O'Sulloc
116 tasting notes

Excellent Dessert Tea; smells like hot cocoa with a swirl of banana creme.

I believe this is a limited edition tea so if you can find it, definitely give it a try.

It is balanced very well and is great after a meal, by itself or with dessert.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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drank Mild Gree by O'Sulloc
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drank Tropical Kiss by OSULLOC
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Strong coconut aroma; I was thinking of pina coladas, cool breeze on the beach at sunset, and coconut shrimp.

The packaging indicates a blend of 3 types of semi-fermented tea / fermented tea. The coconut and very light pineapple are the prominent flavors while the tea leaves take a backseat; it does taste like a greenish tea in the background though – will have to sample more. Overall a nice tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Papaya Black Tea by O'Sulloc
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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sunny Hill by O'Sulloc
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Very pronounced tart, sweet citron/lemon flavor that works well with the green/black mix. At first I thought the marigold (I guess?) was a hint of oregano and later seemed to be more thymey. O’sulloc’s base teas are good but nothing truly exceptional.

Flavors: Lemon, Thyme

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Rainy Day Meditation by O'Sulloc
116 tasting notes

It was raining today so I decided to try this one.

The aroma of cinnamon and apple is nice on a cold, rainy day. The ingredients list 후발효차 as the main ingredient, which I believe is post fermented tea. Black tea is listed as the second ingredient.

Overall, this tea is dominated by Cinnamon and Apple, but it is tamed a bit by the tea leaves. I always find Apple Cinnamon herbal teas to be a bit too overwhelming so this is nice for those that like apple and cinnamon but want some actual tea somewhere in the mix.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Moon Walk by O'Sulloc
116 tasting notes

A fragrant, light and crisp Tea.

Well blended. I am not entirely sure this is black tea, it tastes a bit like green but more fermented.

The Pineapple flavoring isn’t heavy and lends a clean taste to this light tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This is one of my favourite teas – if only it was easier to obtain!
Upon opening the package, there is a wonderful scent of kyoho grapes. Drinking this tea makes me feel like I’m eating kyoho grapes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Wedding Green Tea by O'Sulloc
116 tasting notes

An interesting blend of flowers and green tea.

As soon as I opened the packaging, a burst of sweet flowery smells greeted me. I think that if they made a candle with this fragrance, it would be popular.

I do think that the green tea leaves that are paired with these flowers is a bit too strong. If the green tea they chose was a bit smoother, and didn’t leave a pungent bitter taste/smell, I would rate this at least 10 points higher.

Otherwise, this is an above average tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I had it at an O’Sulloc cafe, not knowing it was an oolong blend (I was expecting it to be green). It has zero sweeteners, yet has sweet fragrance from the tangerine peel and blossom. It leans more on the sweet and fragrant side than the pungent side like some citrus teas.

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drank Sunny Hill by O'Sulloc
116 tasting notes

The Citron reminds me of a smooth grapefruit flavor, very deep and sweet, tart, but not sour. The Green Tea is blended well and is still there. I like this blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This reminds me of some of the Lupicia blends but this is a bit more mellow and subtle.

The citrus fruit flavors are present but the green tea is still the main flavor here; an excellent blend.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Sunset by O'Sulloc
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A well balanced fruit blend. Not too fruity; it still has tea flavoring – the mellow mango and papaya are not sickly sweet like other blends I’ve tried.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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For a key to my rating scale, check out my bio.

This was the first Korean tea I ever tasted, and I was pleasantly surprised. It shares many of the flavor characteristics of a Chinese Dragonwell, but with a very pleasant head note of sweet corn.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Nutty, Roasted, Tannic

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Second time trying this and it feels like the tangerine notes are less. I suspect its because this is a sample thats been stored in a ziploc bag. I really wish there was an easier way to store samples without losing their flavour. Might have to search for some small airtight tins or something, don’t want to start buying more airtight glass jars as they take up quite a bit of room and the smallest sizes at the dollar store are too large for a few grams of tea anyway.

Flavors: Candy, Orange

Anlina

I use these for small samples and they’re awesome. Totally impermeable, so you don’t get any smells leaking or degradation that happens so fast in regular ziplock bags http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wholesale-Lot-of-95-Silver-tone-Ziplock-Packaging-Wrapping-Gift-Bags-Pouches-/350682101059?ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:US:3160

leaf in hot water

ooo nice thanks Anlina ! Liquid Proust suggested the same thing :D

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