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87

As much as I love green oolongs, every once in a while I need to switch things up a bit with a baked tea. Most dark oolongs are too roasty for me but light baked teas such as this one fit the bill perfectly: green with a warming personality

The first whiff of the dry leaf reminded me of cream and butterscotch. Wet leaf had a toasted nuts scent to it. It was too roasty gongfued so I steeped it western style and grandpa with good results. First steep was light bodied but very sweet with notes of honey and baked bread. Second steeping brought out toasted barley, nuts, and caramel. Starting with the third steep, the tea begins exhibiting a greener character. The baked flavor diminishes and eventually disappears by the 5th steep leaving a mellow fruity flavor behind.

Overall, this was a satisfying tea without the heavy char you typically see in dark oolongs. I enjoyed its sweet, caramelized nuts flavor but wished it had some more depth and the florals of BTTC’s light baked Alishan. Also the gradual transition from dark to green doesn’t happen as smoothly as the BTTC tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butterscotch, Caramel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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78

So funny that i haven’t reviewed this, but honestly i’m just not sure what to make of this years teas from TTC, this is NOT the lot that i feel in love with, but this is pretty good and has that familiar cinnamon like taste to it, especially the more it cools. I’ll need to try this one at a lower temperature and see what i can get out of it

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93

Another excellent bao zhong from TTC. This one is a treat for the nose. Lots of pleasant floral aromas that evoke lilac and daffodils. The taste is light and fresh with a lingering floral sweetness. There’s a grassy, seaweed note that hangs around for the first couple of steeps and then fades. Good mouthfeel and soft mineral hints appear in later steeps. This one doesn’t have the depth of body and thickness of competition grade baozhong, but is still very satisfying and delicious.

I steeped this 5 times starting at 195 F increasing the temperature a few degrees with each infusion. Steep times were 1m, 20s, 50s, 2m, and 3m.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
tanluwils

I need to try some Baozhong…

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85

Since I generally like oolongs from the Shan Lin Xi region, I eagerly picked this up when I ordered from Taiwan Tea Crafts almost a year ago. It says something about my tea stash that I’m only getting to it now. I steeped about 6 grams of leaf in a 120 ml vessel for 25, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and 90 seconds, plus one more long infusion.

The dry leaf smells floral, sweet, and full of coconut and tropical fruits. These flavours show up nicely in the first steep, though they’re kind of muted, probably because the leaves haven’t opened up fully. They still aren’t fully open in the second steep, which is unusual even for tightly rolled oolongs.

I pushed the third steep a few seconds longer to open up the leaves, and it had the desired effect. The coconut, florals, and sweetness are much more pronounced. The body is light and smooth. By the fourth steep, I agree with a previous reviewer that this is like coconut cream pie. Yum!

The fifth 50-second steep is getting vegetal, but it’s still very enjoyable, and I get a hint of vanilla along with the coconut. The tea peters out by the seventh steep.

When this tea is good, it’s excellent, but between the first two weaker steeps and the last couple vegetal ones, its peak is relatively short. I’ll have to lengthen the steep times to see if I can get more out of it.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Cream, Floral, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Goodness. Prune caramel high mountain assam black tea goodness.

Flavors: Caramel, Stonefruits

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65

boring. That’s what this tea is to me. I’m going to have to increase the steeping time or the temperature and see if i can coax something more out of this but this is kind of light a really light bodied, honeyed water. Ok so it’s not quite that weak but it’s just nothing like past harvests…

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100

This is the stuff of dreams right here. Just an amazing taste and smell experience. The perfumey leaves emit heady aromas of lilac, gardenia, orchid, and jasmine. It gives a taste sensation that I can only describe as flowers dancing on the tongue. The refined floral flavor here is velvety smooth and complex accompanied by sweet warm grassy tones that evoke rainforests and springtime.

Grandpa style is the way to go with this tea. It’s not my usual steeping method, but it lets you fully experience the ethereal aroma and makes an otherwise pricey tea economical.

Flavors: Flowers, Gardenias, Jasmine, Orchids

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Ouf! This sounds intoxicating. And tempting. Very.

Daylon R Thomas

A 100…dang.

Rasseru

yeah its making me drool and i’m in puerh heaven right now

LuckyMe

I seldom rate teas at a 100, but the competition grade baozhongs are really on another level. For some odd reason, TTC only sells it in 10g, 150g, and 300g sizes. The 10g sampler though lasted me an entire month.

Daylon R Thomas

Impressive staying power. I’ve seen otherwise for the competition grades-I actually liked the Farmer’s choice more than the Competition grade for BTTC.

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88

My Evernote is getting full of tasting notes so it’s time to start entering them here.

This was a solid high mountain oolong. It has a floral, nectar-like flavor and a sugarcane sweetness as it cools. The body is light but becomes thicker and honeyed when western steeped. Though it lasts though many infusions, it doesn’t quite have the depth of flavor I’m looking for.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Nectar, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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78

bah lost my note on this ’cause my computer borked. Long story short – exactly what i needed this morning!

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78

I’ve been drinking eta today but not really taking notes or wanting to review anything. I picked this one out since it seemed like it might be an interesting experiment to try.The leaves are tightly rolled but expand in to long leaves. The taste is smooth…no “oolongy” notes here, just slightly sweet though light in the brew. I’m going to play around with the steeping times and water to see if i can get a bolder flavour out of this one i think.

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76

Still not sure how i really feel about the latest batches of teas from TTC. Maybe it was just this past year but they’re not nearly as juicy and honeyed as they have been in previoud years. That being said, this particular one if a new project so i don’t have anything to compare against it. The body in this one is fairly light, but there is flavour here. Not quite honey, but sweet notes nonetheless.

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76

this one is best brewed closer to boiling and steeped for a little longer. Then the actual tea comes out to play.

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76

I can’t remember this tea for the life of me. I know i enjoyed it because it was one of the first teas i had this morning, but i drank it up before remembering to pay attention to it lol More to come next time i have some!

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81

Sample from my order with TTC. Sadly it doesn’t appear to be on their website . I am a fan of this one. It’s a sweet tasting, honyed oolong full of those delicious notes from a butiki favourite. Slight hint of cinnamon as well for me, but maybe i’m just insane. Overall a win with me :)

MissB

Oh, Butiki. You just had to mention them…

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Haven’t really been able to browse Steepster for a while due to storm recovery, so it’s nice to be back! Didn’t get to tea much during that time, either, but I do have a few things from the past few days that I have taken notes on.

I opened this up this one up this weekend to test out a new pot. Opening it up, the aroma was a little tropical fruity, a little sweaty, a little nutty and a little creamy. rhinkle commented that it smelled like an island.

I found the taste to follow the aroma more or less. That nice, baked creamy nuttiness with that distinct, sweaty tropical fruit note on the nose.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Nutty, Sweat, Tropical

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90

This was a free sample that came with my last TTC order. It’s one of their budget oolongs and not a tea that I would ordinarily buy. However, this humble si ji chun surpassed my admittedly low expectations.

Upon opening the pouch, intense aromas of hyacinth and orchid filled my nostrils. Following a rinse, the aroma changed to sweet cream and coconut. The first steeping was very fruity with pineapple and notes of tropical fruit. The second steep brought orange blossom and coconut. The next two infusions were milky , with wildflower nectar and honeycomb. After the first 4 steeps, the tea fizzled out and didn’t really have much left to give. A little disappointing considering I can count on at least 7-8 steeps from my gao shans, but then again this one costs far less.

Overall, this is a good daily drinker for those who like a fresh, floral focused tea. The only knock on it is it doesn’t go the distance of other teas, but at such a low price point you really can’t complain.

Flavors: Floral, Tropical

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Hm, I might look at that for daily drinking. Too bad I do not need 8 oz of it. 22 bucks though is a bargain for that amount.

Daylon R Thomas

I wonder if it words western and grandpa style for a tumbler.

LuckyMe

Yeah, you can’t beat the price per gram of this tea but I’d go with one that has more staying power. What-Cha’s Taiwan jade oolong has a similar flavor profile and gets you twice as many infusions.

I western steeped my last teaspoon of this tea and it was pretty good, although fairly light.

Daylon R Thomas

Thanks! That jade oolong is one of the few daily drinkers that I’ve really liked…though I end up getting more of the Li Shan anyway lol.

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Really tasty tea. It’s a sipdown, after really making the most of these leaves with five steeps. Consistently tasty with each steep. I’d definitely re-order this one.

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I so rarely feel in the mood for oolong. I really wasn’t in the mood, but couldn’t decide what I wanted, so I made this one anyway.

Nice and oolong-y, with that freshness but with a slight muskiness typical of oolong. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, that of course, I love yet another tea from TTC. I’m glad I ordered this one since I generally steer more towards dark oolongs. This was a nice treat this evening.

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Sipdown for one bag of this, but I have another brand new bag, not yet opened haha! This one is absolutely delicious and I’ve been enjoying it each morning. This morning I switched over to my Canadian Maple tea, but tomorrow I may just break open my other bag of this.

A hint of natural sweetness with a great depth of flavour here. This is one of my all-time favourites from TTC. :)

Sil

gah you make me want to place an order again…i miss ttc teas.

Courtney

So good! I may place another order soon – I just can’t live without them haha.

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92

Backlog.

This is the most coconut-y tea I’ve ever tasted. It’s like eating a delicious coconut cream pie or coconut macaroon. Intermingled with the coconut are notes of tropical fruit – pineapple, passionfruit, and lychee – and a burst of sweet flowers. The body is rich and the mouthfeel buttery. I got 8 excellent steeps out of it.

Shibi tea might just be my favorite tea from TTC. It’s consistently good and although the coconut was a little more intense in this harvest than usual, it had the juicy fruit and floral tones that really set it apart from other teas.

Flavors: Coconut, Flowers, Nectar, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Daylon R Thomas

4 g for 3 oz, damn is that hard Gong Fu.

Daylon R Thomas

Anyway, you’re review is selling me. There was commentary on the season again in the description “Our Shibi collaborator has done it again despite the challenges brought about by this Fall’s weather patterns in Taiwan.” If only they served it in larger quantities than 25 grams for 10 bucks.

Arby

Yeah, I’m sold. I’ll be picking up some of this if I order from TTC soon.

LuckyMe

I actually enjoy Shibi more than the AliShans I’ve had recently. It’s very similar to Shan Lin Xi, and comes from a nearby region I think. The price is a little high but it’s more worth it than a Dayuling IMO. TTC does have frequent sales and low shipping threshold ($25).

BTW, the leaf to water ratio is a little off because Steepster rounds off decimals. I use closer to 3.5g/80ml for gongfu.

Daylon R Thomas

Awesome! Nice to know. The only Dayuling that has impressed me for a good price was the one Berylleb offered. Bummer it is no longer 42 bucks for 150 grams. Thank you!

Daylon R Thomas

The Winter Rhythm 2015 from Taiwan Sourcing has actually been slighlty better than a few Alishans as well.

Illinois Medical Immigration

Good and nice,…i like this…

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