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I tried ONE ginseng oolong a while back and I LOVED it. Very unique from the get go, as they look like little stones. I said before they look like the toy I had when I was kid, the rock tumbler where stones have the coating disappear an they turn into fake gems. I love it! Each piece of oolong is actually coated with ginseng and licorice in a green color that seems unique only to ginseng oolong. I’m not usually a fan of licorice, but I do love this tea!

Steep #1 // waited a while after boiling // 3 1/2 minutes
The oolong is hardly unraveled so far.. the ginseng/licorice has dissolved. Amazingly, the oolong flavor shows through anyway. And it is amazing! It’s a great oolong, and the ginseng/licorice adds a smooth sweetness to it. At first sip, I was wishing I had the money to order every tea that Single Origin Teas has. I’m so glad they offered these samples or I would never have heard of them. 3/3 teas are amazing so far. One more to try! It’s so good when you want an oolong but you want a little something extra with it. And I love the ginseng for when I want some extra brain power and I’ve already had too many black teas (like I could ever have too many black teas).

Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
The flavor is still the same! So silky smooth! There is no astringency here, even though the temp and time is kind of high for an oolong. I can’t tell if the oolong is more like floral, fruity or milky though. I think it’s an oolong of its own flavor!

Steep #3 // right after boiling // 3 min
This one has less ginseng/ licorice.. I guess it disappeared with cup two. But the oolong is still going strong. I can’t believe I didn’t know that oolong didn’t burn at boiling before now… at least this one doesn’t. I’d stock up on this one!

Courtney

This one sounds neat. I found it interesting you decreased your steep time for the second steep. I always increase hah, perhaps more experimentation on my part is needed.

tea-sipper

Well, I was questioning how to steep this one too. I guess the first steep had a longer time because I wanted the ginseng/licorice to dissolve so I would actually get some oolong flavor! :D

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Courtney

This one sounds neat. I found it interesting you decreased your steep time for the second steep. I always increase hah, perhaps more experimentation on my part is needed.

tea-sipper

Well, I was questioning how to steep this one too. I guess the first steep had a longer time because I wanted the ginseng/licorice to dissolve so I would actually get some oolong flavor! :D

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
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AprTea.com
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Lupicia
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Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

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