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Another work sipdown. I really enjoyed this at first, but there ended up being too much sugar for my liking. Way, way too sweet for most of the bag.

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Gongfu!

Since I knew I’d be brewing this up in between working, I knew I was going to need something smooth that could really withstand long, careless brew times. This tea is just so perfect for that style of steeping because the longer you let those leaves soak the more rich, golden and honey-like the liquor gets!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/Crl93keIrSt/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zvfj1XJeis

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drank Lemon Lychee by Paru Tea Bar
1815 tasting notes

TTB

Decided to try this for the first time as a cold brew. I ended up overstepping it a bit, so I need to revisit before I can make a fair assessment.

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95

Decided to do a little gongfu session (which hasn’t happened in forever) as I write my capstone paper. Only 2 more months until I’m done with my master’s and I am very ready to be done.
These hong cha coins are absolutely delicious. Sugary sweet, with notes of brown sugar and super ripe stone fruits. Some baked brown bread too.
Just super delicious overall. I was sad to see that they’re sold out, but hopefully they get restocked at some point, because I’ll definitely need to purchase more.

Cameron B.

It looks like they’re the same ones that The Tea Practitioner currently has, just in case they don’t restock.

amandastory516

Very good to know, thank you!

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95

These were displayed on the checkout counter at Paru, and I couldn’t help sniffing the sample as I checked out. Immediately had to purchase, based solely on the smell. These little coins smell like caramel- so delicious!

I steeped one up today, and the flavor does not disappoint. Tastes like caramel!

Flavors: Caramel, Caramelized Sugar

Kaylee

How do you like Paru in general? I’ve only ever had one tea from them, recently, and loved it, and am trying to decide whether they should go on my shopping list.

amandastory516

This was actually my first experience with Paru, as I was holding off on buying anything until I could visit in person.

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I recently drove down to San Diego for a concert, and had to finally make a stop at Paru! Decided on their La Jolla location, as they carry house-milled matcha. Decided to try out a cup to go vs. buying some to take home.
Went with iced/no sweetener. It was lovely! definitely fresh tasting, with some notes of cacao. Overall a delicious matcha, and it was so fun to be able to watch the mill working behind the counter.

The best part of the experience was how incredibly nice everyone at Paru was. So, so nice and welcoming. Highly recommend visiting if you’re ever in the San Diego area.

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drank Chrysanthemum by Paru Tea Bar
2171 tasting notes

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drank Saigon Breakfast by Paru Tea Bar
1268 tasting notes

Spring Tea Swap with Vallhallow. There is so much to choose from but I decided my first should match the book I am currently reading: Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes. There has only been one mention of tea thus far and apparently, it was awkward. Pg209. And just a quick bit of history for you. Ho Chi Minh was originally called Saigon until it fell in the 1970s. https://www.britannica.com/event/Vietnam-War/The-fall-of-South-Vietnam

Now on to the tea. This was quite a bit different than I was expecting. Maybe that’s just because I’ve been drinking very astringent tea for the last week. Dry Aroma: Sweet and woody. Wet Leaf Aroma: Musty. Mild spicy. It is difficult to explain the spicy because it has a bit of tangy on the nose but it is not like jalapeno it reminds me more of a black and white pepper mix. Without the sneezes. Liquor Aroma: Reminds me of Sticky rice, cream of wheat, or tapioca. Flavor: Also reminds me of sticky rice. Creamy notes. Fresh whole milk. Woodsy notes are somewhat musty. Damp woods. Soft mouthfeel. No astringency. Though as you steep it longer the finish becomes slightly more gritty with just a bare touch of astringency. Leaves you feeling like you ate cream of wheat.

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drank Saigon Breakfast by Paru Tea Bar
1268 tasting notes

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Thank you for the sample!

I impulsively bought a pound of their milk oolong with a discount, and put this sample in the order. It only lasted two steeps, but was immensely smooth and good. Smoke, toffee, chocolate, roast, charcoal, honey, wood, autumn, earth, ash, and a little bit of grassiness or moss in an incredible first steep after 45 seconds. 50 seconds for the second one, and it was faded. Delicious, but faded.

I would definitely consider picking some of this up in another order. Makes me mourn the opportunity for their rum one. Either way, I was deeply satisfied with this Hojicha. The only downside is that it didn’t last.

Flavors: Charcoal, Chocolate, Earth, Honey, Roasty, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet, Toasty, Wet Moss, Wet Wood, Wood

Leafhopper

Oof! You won’t be running out of green oolong for a while! I hope that milk oolong is good.

Daylon R Thomas

Yeah, but that won’t prevent me from getting more lol. I’m really excited about the swap too! Granted, I always drink green oolong, so they last me a decent amount of time because I finish them so quickly. It’s one of the few milk oolongs that’s actually fruity. I think it’s flavored, but it’s very reliable.

Daylon R Thomas

I also keep hearing speculation about current events over Taiwan, and it has me panic buying a little bit this year.

Leafhopper

Yes, events in Taiwan are worrying. I have your box all packed up and ready to go, though there’s space for a couple more teas that I’m trying to fill.

Just in case you need even more green oolong, Floating Leaves is having a one-day 35% off sale on their winter 2021 oolongs and baozhongs. I’m tempted, but will resist. :) I’m working my way through a 150 g bag of spring 2021 Li Shan from Bok and don’t need more tea!

Daylon R Thomas

150 grams of Lishan=cool

Leafhopper

Definitely! It’s good, though better in a clay pot with slightly longer steeps than I usually do. I have about 100 g left. :)

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drank Lemon Lychee by Paru Tea Bar
4083 tasting notes

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A sweet Insta friend was nice enough to send me a sample of this (very expensive) tea. I’ve tried one other tea from Paru before, it was a black tea with Okinawan black sugar. It was good but too sweet for me, and not worth the high price IMHO. But I love lychee so I’m excited for this one.

It’s very tasty! The base is a nice blend of earthy, malty, a touch of honeyed sweetness. Very deep and dark and satisfying. And the lychee is present but it’s not over-the-top, quite authentic tasting with a sweet and juicy, slightly floral note. I will say I’m not sure I get much in the way of lemon, a little bit maybe? I would like a bit more I think. Chrysanthemum adds a slightly musty, somewhat floral herbaceous note. It throws me off a bit, I’m not sure I like the combination with the lighter, sweeter fruit notes.

Anyway, I do like it. The base is nice and the lychee tastes fresh and juicy. I don’t think I would pay the high price for it, but I’m thankful I had a chance to try it. :)

Flavors: Caramelized Sugar, Caraway, Chrysanthemum, Earth, Floral, Herbaceous, Honey, Juicy, Lychee, Malt, Musty, Nectar, Rye, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Thank you for the sample!

This one is supremely malty. Like boba milk sickeningly thick malty. It’s a breakfast style tea for sure with smaller tea leaves, but fortunately it’s not astringent. It’s got some light bitterness and definitely has some energy. It’s got some chocolate notes, but more of what you’d get in a Ceylon or Assam, maybe some more robust Keemums. They were not as heavy as the malt.

I only did it western and still see this more as a cream and sugar kind of tea, or even a boba tea, but I’m still open to see what it does gong fu before I rate it. I’m pretty happy with it, though it’s not my preferred style of black tea. It’s more for a classic palette anyway with some flexible bonuses.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Tea, Thick, Wood

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Thank you for the Sample Paru Tea Bar!

I honestly wanted to try this one and the Yuzu Chai, but held off to spend my money on the other blends that are still pricey. This one surprised because:
1. I was not bored by this coconut chai blend and
2. it’s a rooibos blend that recommends to steep it ONLY FOR ONE MINUTE.

That is rare for a non gongfu, and usually, rooibos are steeped between 3-5 minutes, with 5 minutes being the more common recommendation.

What I got was a spicy chai that balanced its spices nicely. Pepper was the most prominent spice, followed by the cardamom as it cooled down. The coconut smoothened out the profile, but somehow, the rooibos pepper and clove combo struck my palette as woodsy and citrusy. Like really heavy citrus wood orange glow in hints. Weird. I rebrewed it again, 2 min, then 3, and it was still good. I got more coconut in the later steeps.

I was surprised how much I liked this tea straight. I think it would be better with raw sugar and condensed milk or coconut milk, but minimal sugar because this is not a heavy tea. The only heavy thing is the spice and cardamom, but I like heavy cardamom anyway. Definitely recommend this one is not a typical coconut chai.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Clove, Coconut, Creamy, Dark Wood, Pepper, Rooibos, Spicy

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80

Coldbrew is soooooooo the way to go with this herbal tea. I wish I had a decent coldbrew bottle for it, and am tempted to use my amazon gift money on a Hario Filter. They always look so pretty. I really shouldn’t because two of my tumblers do have cold brew filter capabilities, and one of the ones I am getting will, but they are a pain in the butt to clean. Anyone have any experience with the Hario Filter bottles? Easy cleaning is the big draw in for me, and if having one means I go through my loose leaf like this faster because I’m cold brewing, all the better.

I will try it again hot, but it’s so much creamier and sweeter cold. Instead of overripe near rotting fruit for me, it’s fresher cold and I really like it. Now to see how the Pandan waffle does.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Dried Fruit, Savory, Sticky Rice, Sugarcane, Sweet

Mastress Alita

Not sure if I’m thinking of the same Hario filter bottles, but I received a glass Hario bottle that has a rubbery pour top with a removable plastic filter as a gift. It makes fine cold brew, but I wouldn’t say I care for it any more than just making my cold brew in a big ol’ mason jar and simply straining the leaf with a strainer. I think the draw is drinking the cold brew directly grandpa style, but I find I don’t like the flavor as much that way with most teas, as the very bottom of the bottle where all the leaf has collected leaves the tea tasting a bit bitter to me towards the end. So when I do use it, I tend to pour it into a different vessel after brewing anyway. I do sometimes drink fruit teas from it directly.

I do find the plastic strainer can be a little difficult to lock into place initially, but it does work well after it is in place. As far as clean up goes, I usually have to refill the bottle with water to loosen the leaf off the bottoms and sides and then pour it out into a separate strainer.

Daylon R Thomas

Okay, so I should save my money then. That is really helpful, thank you!

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I expected to really like this one, but I had a hard time drinking it on its own without honey or sugar hot western. I actually liked the Pandan Waffle a little more because the toasty rice offset whatever ripe fruit quality is coming from the ingredients. Again, my brother and mother really like this tea and were enjoying it as a desert, but for me, it reminded me of my own vomit after a long session of eating too many coconut based things. I think it’s psychological, and again, this is probably a really good tea that I’m having a hard time drinking because of repressed experiences, which is annoying given how quickly I can chug any other coconut based white, green, rooibos, or oolong tea.

I’ll be coming back to this one. I don’t know if it’s the pandan, sticky rice leaves, coconut, or jujube dates that are giving me a weird feeling, but I’ve got to figure it out. It’s a gorgeous tea to look at and expensive, but I don’t know why it’s so off putting for me.

Maybe coldbrew is the way to go with it?

Flavors: Coconut, Herbaceous, Overripe Cherries, Rice, Rice Pudding

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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I got this with the Sticky Rice Pandan in tandem with each other. I originally was going to order the herbal version-it sold out-then I got this tea. I hesitated because of the savory element from the toasted sticky rice, but I was still excited because this is a Genmaicha style blend that’s really unusual.

Trying it out, it wasn’t as creamy as I expected. It was loaded with sticky rice , toast, vanilla, and coconut flavor in a sweet and savory combo, but I had a really hard time drinking it without any additives. There was a funky overripe fruit or seaweed quality that I was having a hard time getting down that made my stomach uncomfortable. I’m used to a more savory kind of tea from Vietnamese style desserts anyway, but there was something about it that made my stomach churn. I added raw sugar, and that significantly enhanced the flavor, but there was still something off for me.

It could be psychological since I have vomited coconut pineapple rice before, and maybe the heat reminds me of my own bile, but I had a really hard time getting this tea down even though I love coconut and rice. My brother and my mother really liked this tea and loved the herbal version, and I do think this is a great tea; however, I got to figure out how to brew it in a way I like. Paru does have a catalogue of gong fu, western, or cold brew style teas, and this one might be better as a cold brew than a hot tea. Or maybe, this tea was intended to be enhanced by sweetener.

I’m not done writing about this tea though, and that’s for sure.

Flavors: Astringent, Coconut, Dates, Malt, Rice, Rice Pudding, Savory, Sweet, Toast, Vegetable Broth

Crowkettle

That’s an incredibly unfortunate association. I have something similar with orange creamsicle fluoride cleaner (just starting to get over it years later).

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95
drank Milk Oolong by Paru Tea Bar
1708 tasting notes

I did one cup semi western. Smooth, but kinda spinachy with some fruit tones. I used a stove top kettle with boiling water. Think I should have done maybe less leaves, or shorter steeps than 2 minutes. Yes, I rinsed it. Was hoping for more. The dry leaf still smells incredible. Water quality issue probably. I’ve got so much of this one. I really want to get some oolong from Terroir Tea as well, but some of them are risks since they’re not all samples. It be 64 bucksish for around 200 grams of tea with the discount, but shipping is 23 bucks since it’s in Australia. I really want to travel out of country again SOMEDAY, so I need to hold back on spending.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Milk, Spinach

Leafhopper

Whoa! That shipping is expensive! If you’re interested, Ethan from TeaForum is getting a bunch of oolongs in around Christmas. I think shipping in the States is like $10.

Daylon R Thomas

I’ll keep note.

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drank Milk Oolong by Paru Tea Bar
1708 tasting notes

I’m still enjoying the sheer amount I bought of this one. Every once in a while it’s a little too vegetal, but I find going light on the leaves western or the steep time gong fu is the best way to go. I still love this one, and was surprised to find this one was replaced by a Vietnamize one instead on their website. I wonder why they no longer bought the Taiwanese one.

Paru’s got some really interesting offers I wanted to try, like their Silk Oolong which is Qin Xin, as well as a jasmine infused version. Their Vietnamize Milk Oolong that replaced the tea I’m drinking now is infused with corn and soy scenting, supposedly giving it a sweeter savory dessert quality. I really want to try them out, but they only sell them in 2 oz servings for 23 bucks each, and only offer free shipping over 75 bucks… The dread of California shipping.

As a tea snob who knows the Vietnamize tea industry is gaining a lot of traction, I still think it is kinda crummy that I can get higher end Taiwanese oolong for cheaper than that price. I am that idiot who pays those high prices for tea for 2 oz servings (looking at you Spirit Tea), but over 60 bucks is hell of a commitment for tea I haven’t tried yet. They aren’t the only ones aiming for that 2 oz serving, and I know inflation is playing a huge role, but sheesh.

Even Hugo Tea’s bags went from being $36 to 42, and then now to 56 for a bulk bag of 100 sachets. I have other companies to go with still, and I am trying to save up on tea, but I had to complain. If anyone gets access to the three I listed, I’d be happy to trade my many blacks I’ve collected.

Leafhopper, I’m going to try to figure out how to relabel a bag and send you some this. I’m also waiting on a What-Cha order and a Spirit Tea that I’m excited about. Long Feng from What-Cha, and a Lishan and Taiwanese Shuixian Oolongs from Spirit.

Roswell Strange

there are so many teas from Paru that I’ve got my eyes on, but the dollar conversion and Canadian shipping prices are too much to justify it… :(

Daylon R Thomas

I can only imagine what it’s like Canadian. I know my quibbles are petty as an American, but yeah. I’m half tempted to try to configure a group buy, but I wonder that work. Otherwise, what were the ones you were eyeballing?

Leafhopper

If you look at the prices on sites like Hatvala, that seems way too expensive for Vietnamese tea. But yeah, inflation is wreaking havoc on tea prices, as with prices for most other things.

Daylon R Thomas

Oh, I know! I’ve bought from Hatvala and What-Cha. I know they do a lot in the flavoring, but seriously. It should not be on par with some high mountain oolong.

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95
drank Milk Oolong by Paru Tea Bar
1708 tasting notes

Upping the rating considering I got a pound of this. Probably one of the best milk oolongs I’ve had-it’s versatile cold brew, gong fu, and western. The unique lychee notes is what I liked the most about it in the third and fourth steeps. Of course it’s milky and I am not sure if it’s flavored, but the balance of the spinachy greenness of the tea, the sweet cream dessert quality, and the painted flecks of fruit from the tea is incredible. It’s a shame Paru doesn’t carry it all the time-hence the impulse by.

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95
drank Milk Oolong by Paru Tea Bar
1708 tasting notes

This is one of the first milk oolongs that was not overly vegetal in my tumbler. Butter? Yes. Coconut like? Yes. Milky? Yes. Green like spirulina and a grassy protein shake for a cow? Yes, but smooth and well rounded by the other flavor profiles being close to a greener dessert.

I’m contemplating on making this a staple…but it’s $42 for 4 oz….eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee we’ll see. I do really like it. 93 rating minimum that will likely go up-price is the main thing holding this one back because I’ve very rarely had Alishan Jin Xuans that actually have a fruity note, and this one has a very prominent lychee flavor as it cools down in third steeps.

ashmanra

Is it flavored? Have you tried Premium Silky Green from Bird Pick? It has that buttery silky vibe. They sell it as a green but it is deffo milk oolong and cheaper than that. Not sure about a fruity note as it has been ages since I have had any.

Crowkettle

Paru Tea Bar appears to have some cool teas but their prices make me hesitate.

Need to try Bird Pick.

Evol Ving Ness

I thought Mandala was the be all and end all of milk oolongs? Or the mango one from what cha?

Evol Ving Ness

That said, if you’ve found what you like, sometimes it is best to just suck it up and get exactly what you want.

ashmanra

I also ADORE J E Milky from The O Dor but it is rather expensive.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m pretty sure it’s flavored-though they don’t say. I personally was not as big of a fan of the J E Milky. I still think Mandala’s one is, What-Cha is the best quality for the best price. The thing that’s unusual about this one is the lychee note, and it’s actually not too far off from the same price as Mandala’s-only slightly more expensive. And I still haven’t tried the one from bird pick yet! I remember when you recommended it so long ago!

Daylon R Thomas

One benefit is that there is a $40 free shipping cap for U.S. The problem is that you’d have to get a tea flight to sample their teas, and they mostly come in 3’s. I do think there are a few teas that are worth it from Paru, but it is steep in comparison.

Daylon R Thomas

Bird pick has also put the oolong in the oolong category

ashmanra

Daylon: I am glad to hear they moved it. It was in the green section for years. I called them once to ask about it and the young woman who answered the phone said it was deffo green tea because oolongs are smoky…I explained that there is a whole range of oolong and she was really surprised and said she needed to find out more about it. She didn’t get defensive or cross, just really was surprised and very nice. I checked a few more times and it still was listed as a green, so I am glad they have now moved it to where it belongs!

Crowkettle

I vaguely remember the oolong debacle! Also glad to see they changed it. Now, if only they shipped to Canada.

Evol Ving Ness

Hahaha, the Canada shipping thing. Yeah. And then there’s the paying gazillions of dollars, not on tea, on shipping (and customs/duties if they ding you.

Evol Ving Ness

Sorry, having a bitter moment.

Crowkettle

Also bitter. It used to be sort of affordable. On the flipside, I hear that by the end of the month Canada is dropping the testing for trips across the border less than 72hrs in length. This may give us more tea buying options lol

Evol Ving Ness

Good news! Not helpful to me, yay anyway.

In the past week or so, I’ve lost my mind completely, so I may not need any more tea. Ever.

Daylon R Thomas

Lol teaching been nuts up there too?

Evol Ving Ness

Interesting times, interesting times.

But I meant more in terms of impulsive tea purchases (and it’s not even Black Friday).

Evol Ving Ness

How’ve you been managing, Daylon?

tea-sipper

Oh cool, Bird Pick still exists!

Crowkettle

I’m almost there with you Evol. I’m telling myself I can’t buy more tea until I sipdown all the August Uncommon and old 52teas (and start the advents). But then I wish for things I don’t have (oolong. always oolong).

Evol Ving Ness

I KNOW! And then there’s the oh, things have been hard and I deserve a treat (or five) thing.

Daylon R Thomas

It’s been tough, and interesting. By no means the worst year I’ve taught (first year still takes the cake),but I’ve made some progress despite some hurtles. Being sick and being a leader in a nonprofit has been draining. Ergo, like you, more tea. Luckily, the weekly subbing on my prep has helped supplement income a little.

Daylon R Thomas

I’ve got a good stash, but too much black, not enough oolong. Barely have touched my white teas.

Leafhopper

I laughed at your description of some oolongs as “protein shakes for a cow.” So true!

I, too, have gone overboard on impulsive tea purchases and may not be participating in Black Friday. Unlike you, my stash is oolong heavy and “needs” more black tea. (My only BF temptation would be the oolongs from White2Tea, One River Tea, etc., etc.) Do you have any decent unsmoked Lapsang Souchong? In my impulsive buy from Wuyi Origin, I managed to pick up only 50 g of Old Bush Lapsang and 75 g of Jin Jun Mei (plus 50 g of their lower-priced Benefit Tea, ugh), plus three Dan Congs. I’m starting to feel a bit of buyer’s remorse…

Evol Ving Ness

Nothing beats the first year!

I expanded my horizons by splurging on matcha, as well, of course, as the usual suspects.

Leafhopper, no remorse allowed. Some we like, some we drink, some we give away, some we age and get to eventually, hopefully while they are still tasty.

I am also interested in a good unsmoked lapsang. Please let me know if you come across something lovely.

Daylon R Thomas

I sent a list of some in a message, Leafhopper. Most of them are less than 1 oz from Trident Cafe in Colorado.

Evol Ving Ness

Hello? Not for public consumption?

Leafhopper

Evol Ving Ness, you’re right, the tea will be drunk, swapped, or stored for years in my tea museum, so I don’t need to feel any remorse. The best unsmoked Lapsang I’ve had is the one from TheTea.pl., which is full of tropical fruit. Wuyi Origin’s Old Bush Lapsang Souchong is a close second, though it leans more toward sweet potato and brown sugar.

Leafhopper

Daylon, I’m not sure your message went through. I can’t see it in my inbox.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Leafhopper. Making a note of your suggestions.

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95
drank Milk Oolong by Paru Tea Bar
1708 tasting notes

I’ve had a total of six of Paru’s selection, and this was actually my favorite of the purchases-which I did not expect. I’ve had a lot of milk oolongs before, and usually come up as a buttery combo of cream, florals, and vegetative spinach in flavor whether or not there’s some scenting going on. This one struck me as a surprise because I didn’t think buttercream and sweet fruit were going to be accurate, and then were. I’m fairly certain this one is scented or flavored somehow, but it’s very good.

I brewed up a semi gong fu session alternating between long and short steeps. 15 sec rinse, 2 minute first steep, then 40 sec, 45, 50, 60, 120, and finally three minutes again. There were some spinach in the voluptuous texture, and reminded me of Mandala’s Milk Oolong in its candy corn savory and sweet combo. The fruit surprised me because it was a more sugary fruit, and outside of the usual pineapple or coconut vibe most jin xuans give off. It reminded me of japanse milk candy, almost bordering on peach or lychee-which I didn’t really expect.

I’m still holding off on rating this one, but I’m impressed. The price is a little on the high side being close between $10.50-12.00 an oz depending if you get 2 or 4 oz for it, but it’s not a weak quality tea base by any means. I remember the earlier reviews of Alishan Jin Xuans in general were fruity nearly ten years ago, and since then, I’ve wanted to try one that really captures the creamy fruity combo a lot of earlier reviews raved about. Most of the Alishan Jin Xuans I’ve had are grassy, creamy, floral ,and only a hint fruity. This one, however, had fruit stealing the show under layers of sweet condensed creamy flavor.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Coconut, Cream, Fruity, Lychee, Milk, Peach, Spinach, Sweet, Thick

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Roswell’s notes and the unique blends triggered me to splurge on Paru twice. This one looked up my alley, and I got it with their milk oolong and both pandan blends. All of their teas were high quality and original, and while I think some of them are a little bit too expensive, the company more than does its best to get you quality service.

Roswell’s hundred rating sold me hard, and I expected an intensely fruity tea with a chocolatey wild black tea base. I got what I expected, but under layers of flowers and chrysanthemum. The chrysanthemum to tea ratio almost struck me as being more of an herbal blended tea than a flavored tea, when I looked at the loose leaf, but there was enough oomph from the tea and fruit to make me taste otherwise.

There is still some dryness and herbiness for me, but the flavor and aroma are great in a hot western style after three minutes. It’s clearly designed to be an iced tea in its malty fruity lemon essence. I look forward to playing with it.

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It was really dreary, cold and clammy outside yesterday so I thought it could be an interesting day to do one of those “teas I drink in a day” roundups. Just to see which teas I naturally gravitated towards with the gross weather…

Though a lot of people start their day with an Earl Grey, I actually ended up ending my day with this one. Well, my work day anyway. I had a few evening teas that I didn’t end up posting about on instagram. I’ve grown to really, really like this blend for how the pithy botanical flavour of the gin seems to really draw out the sweetness of the black tea itself. It’s quite bright and refreshing, but still grounded/anchored by the heady bergamot flowers.

I think it was that kind of “classic comfort” that made me think of this tea, but I wanted some sort of twist to a run of the mill EG and I think this one delivers on that in a such an elevated way.

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CuiALRCOC3G/ (First Photo)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJfPsw1fYwA

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