And now this is my second milk oolong ever. Kind of hard to compare this to the Teavivre one, but I’ll try. Thanks to aisling of tea and De for giving me a full package of this to try.

Dry leaf: Dark greenish-black little nuggets. The smell isn’t very creamy. In fact, it’s kind of metallic, bordering on marine/salty. Perhaps a touch of sweetness underneath.

Steeping parameters: The instructions on the package called for a 2-4 minute steep in 95°C water. I thought that was a bit odd, so I went with about 85° water for 1 minute for the first steep. Then I did 2 subsequent steeps at 95° for 3 minutes each to see what difference that made.

Liquor: The steeping times and temperatures did make a big difference. The first steep was quite light. The second and third steeps had a deep yellow colour and much more apparent flavour. However, all three steeps tasted kind of chemically/metallic. The third steep had the creamiest, milkiest flavour to it, but it wasn’t taste so much as mouthfeel, and it still felt oddly astringent.

Thoughts: I really don’t know what to make of this yet, so I’m not rating it. I think I liked the Milk Oolong from Teavivre more (it certainly had a nicer smell when dry), but since I’ve never tried any milk oolongs before today, I don’t know if I’m doing this right.

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Updated March 2016:

I’m a writer and editor who’s fallen in love with loose-leaf tea. I’ve also set up a site for tea reviews at – an excellent excuse to keep on buying and trying new blends. There will always be more to discover!

In the meantime, since joining Steepster in January 2014, I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on my likes and dislikes

Likes: Raw/Sheng pu’erh, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger, Ceylons, Chinese blacks, rooibos.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender, really vegetal green teas, shu/ripe pu’erh.

Things I generally decide on a case-by-case basis: Oolong, white teas.

Still need to do my research on: matcha

I rarely score teas anymore, but if I do, here’s the system I follow:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.


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