After the rather disappointing encounter with ML Orchid Oolong today, I wanted something more like what I remember it being, so it’s time to get out the milk-scented oolong! I feel like I’m not going to do this tasting justice today, either, but tea waits for no one. 1 tsp/3g of leaves in 9 oz water, steeped 4 min in water just off the boil.

Dry scent: Green, growing tree leaves, plus creamy milk, with a rather aggressive bright note.

Scent of liquor: Medium bodied oolong with a bright leafy background note, an intermittent stone fruit fragrance, and a creamy overlay with a slight, not unpleasant mustiness. The cream scent intensifies as the tea cools. Makes me think of a sunlit research room filled with long wooden tables and shelves of ancient texts. (Weird? Maybe, but that’s how the inside of my head works.)

Taste of liquor: Light, slightly sweet, with a hint of cream coating the tongue lingeringly. A pleasant, companionable tea that would be cozy on a cool autumn day.

Flavors: Cream

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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Life is story, dreams, and tea.

As a mixture of Chinese and Southern American, I was probably destined to love tea, though it wasn’t until 2002 that I became voraciously obsessed with loose leaf and exploring the glorious infinite tea realms. I consider myself a carrier of Tea Adoration Syndrome more than a tea snob, and will happily consume virtually any tea prepared with respect for what it most wants to be.

I enjoy tea both flavored and unflavored, blended or unblended, with milk or without, respectfully sweetened or without sweetener, hot or cold, bubble or not — it all depends on the tea. At the moment, I mostly prepare single servings, Western style, often but not always with milk, though in the near future I plan on restarting my long-abandoned gongfu habit.

Absolute favorite teas to date: creamy oolongs, rose black, Earl Grey creme, super-malty full-bodied Assams

No affiliation with the company Crimson Lotus Tea, BTW. ;)

And for the curious, a few non-tea things about me: I’m currently a fiber artist; my degree is in anthropology; I have a certificate in web design and a few years of classical music training; and my resume makes it look like I know something about writing and editing. My favorite instruments are probably guzheng, electric guitar, and duduk. I’m interested in life, the universe, and everything. I almost majored in environmental science and physics, but a string of bad math teachers led me into burnout mode and I really ought to have taken pre-calc before calculus. ;) My online persona is infested with emoticons. I love old things and new things, and I’m better at extremes than at middles of any kind. Randomness is awesomely delightful, so feel free to drop me a randomness-filled line.

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