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This was the other tea I put off reviewing until I returned from Georgia. Again, I wrote fairly comprehensive notes pertaining to my session(s) with this tea. I found this to be an intensely aromatic, flavorful, and complex jade oolong that is incredibly reasonably priced.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After a brief rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in a 4 ounce gaiwan filled with 194 F water for 5 seconds. This infusion was chased by 13 subsequent infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves emitted aromas of butter and cream underscored by hints of sweetgrass, lilac, and violet. After the rinse, I detected robust aromas of cream, butter, sweetgrass, lilac, and violet, as well as emerging aromas of hyacinth, lily, vanilla, and honeysuckle. The first infusion saw the floral aromas intensify while scents of baguette, spinach, and custard also began to appear. In the mouth, I got notes of cream, butter, baguette, and sweetgrass accompanied by subtle impressions of hyacinth, violet, and lilac. Closer inspection also revealed incredibly subtle notes of lily, honeysuckle, spinach, vanilla, and custard in the background. I was a little concerned that such a short infusion would not yield much, but I was wrong. Subsequent infusions revealed stronger aromas and flavors of hyacinth, violet, lilac, lily, honeysuckle, spinach, vanilla, and custard. I also began to detect emerging aromas and flavors of Narcissus, magnolia, honeydew, cantaloupe, green apple, and minerals. The later infusions were dominated by cream, butter, mineral, sweetgrass, and baguette notes, though a subtle fruitiness and some lingering floral and vegetal qualities were apparent in places.

I tend to love Taiwanese jade oolongs and this one really impressed me. I loved the complexity on the nose and in the mouth. The aromas and flavors worked so well together. There was nothing off or odd in there. I am not sure I would choose this tea as a daily drinker, but I would most definitely seek it out again in the not too distant future.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cantaloupe, Cream, Custard, Floral, Grass, Green Apple, Honeydew, Honeysuckle, Mineral, Narcissus, Spinach, Vanilla, Violet

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6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I considered getting some more myself. I gave the rest to a friend enamored with Mandala’s milk oolong, and I thought she might appreciate the near dessert qualities of this one.

LuckyMe

I’ve been looking for a flower-packed tea and this sounds promising. Looks like I’m going to place a What-Cha order soon..

Fjellrev

Quite the bouquet of floral notes there!

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Daylon R Thomas

I considered getting some more myself. I gave the rest to a friend enamored with Mandala’s milk oolong, and I thought she might appreciate the near dessert qualities of this one.

LuckyMe

I’ve been looking for a flower-packed tea and this sounds promising. Looks like I’m going to place a What-Cha order soon..

Fjellrev

Quite the bouquet of floral notes there!

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My grading criteria for tea is as follows:

90-100: Exceptional. I love this stuff. If I can get it, I will drink it pretty much every day.

80-89: Very good. I really like this stuff and wouldn’t mind keeping it around for regular consumption.

70-79: Good. I like this stuff, but may or may not reach for it regularly.

60-69: Solid. I rather like this stuff and think it’s a little bit better-than-average. I’ll drink it with no complaints, but am more likely to reach for something I find more enjoyable than revisit it with regularity.

50-59: Average. I find this stuff to be more or less okay, but it is highly doubtful that I will revisit it in the near future if at all.

40-49: A little below average. I don’t really care for this tea and likely won’t have it again.

39 and lower: Varying degrees of yucky.

Don’t be surprised if my average scores are a bit on the high side because I tend to know what I like and what I dislike and will steer clear of teas I am likely to find unappealing.

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