4 Tasting Notes


Good lord, this tea is the real deal and one of my favourites, not because it is one of the best, but because it is a very flexible tea. I’ve steeped it on almost boiling water, and at 70C too… long and short steeps, this tea can take it all and give you great albeit very different cups of great tea.

It is a bit woody, a bit citrusy , and very aromatic, reminiscing of some Chinese black teas… I love that you can get playful with it, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys oolongs and the occasional black, and would also dare anyone who has tasted this one and brews it the usual way, to do one 3 min steep at a lower temp and re-evaluate this tea.

Flavors: Citrus, Flowers, Wood

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
4 tasting notes

As far as oolongs go, this one is good, but nowhere near the best. Id rather drink a Da Hong Pao or something more like a Bao Zhong, but I’d still drink this the whole day (and I have done so on occasion).

Floral, sweet and fresh, light green-brown in colour, the flavour develops through several steeps, although I think this peeks at the third one, and afterward it has a bit of a metallic aftertaste that is not entirely unpleasant, but makes the fourth steep the last one I’d drink.

Flavors: Floral, Melon, Sugar

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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A decent black tea, with some floral undertones, as many Chinese black teas have. Nothing too special, but a decent cup to have while working on the computer.

I like steeping it a lower temperature than most black teas though, since I feel like this particular tea develops more bitter flavours from high heat.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Honey, Tannic

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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