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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
3041 tasting notes

Additional notes:  Thanks so much for sending some of this a while ago, Kawaii433! I drank this a couple days ago.  In my experience, this one is fickle.   But if I can steep it just right, it’s a wonderful tea.  To be honest, I didn’t steep this one how I know best suits it anyway.  (Should have been around 195 degrees.)  Not sure if I found that magic today.  The second steep has more of a noticeable lingering cream flavor.  Which is the only basic characteristic I personally expect from a milk oolong! However, wasn’t tasting many of the extensive list of flavor notes that others have mentioned for this. Maybe I should have used a different infuser/mug. The third steep was a bust… But I was craving just this sort of oolong.  So it works well enough.
Steep #1  //  less than 1 teaspoon in smaller mug // 21 minutes after boiling  // rinse // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 12 minutes after boiling //  2 min
Steep #3 // 5 minutes after boiling // 2 min

Kawaii433

You’re very welcome! I have that issue with all my milk oolongs… And I always forget where the sweet spot is with each one lol. I “think” it’s about 190.

ashmanra

Harney has a super cheap milk oolong. I bought it and was sooooo disappointed. But then I decided to try at 175F and it was so much better!

Kawaii433

ashmanra, I’m going to try 175F next time with the 3 I have (Theodor, TeaVivre, and Mandala) and see how that temperature does with each. I like drinking similar teas side by side for fun and comparison. I did that with WP black teas recently hehe. Thanks for the tip about the temperature.

ashmanra

Theodor is my favorite, as you know! Ha ha! I got the idea to try Harney at 175F because Bird Pick sells a tea under the name Premium Silky Green as amgreen tea, but it is clearly and definitely a milk oolong. Years ago I called to ask them about it, and the person who answered told me that it was green and not oolong because oolong is dark and roasty. I told her….um, green ones aren’t. And she said she had to look into that because she didn’t know there were green and roasted!

Since it had been sold as a green, that was how I had been preparing it before I realized it was a milk oolong. It is a delicious tea and smells like movie theater buttered popcorn.

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Kawaii – I’ll be eager to see the results of your milk oolong experiment!
ashmanra – I love that Silky Green from Bird Pick.. it ages really really well too. Unless it was sent to me when it was already old. But now it’s even older. haha.

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Kawaii433

You’re very welcome! I have that issue with all my milk oolongs… And I always forget where the sweet spot is with each one lol. I “think” it’s about 190.

ashmanra

Harney has a super cheap milk oolong. I bought it and was sooooo disappointed. But then I decided to try at 175F and it was so much better!

Kawaii433

ashmanra, I’m going to try 175F next time with the 3 I have (Theodor, TeaVivre, and Mandala) and see how that temperature does with each. I like drinking similar teas side by side for fun and comparison. I did that with WP black teas recently hehe. Thanks for the tip about the temperature.

ashmanra

Theodor is my favorite, as you know! Ha ha! I got the idea to try Harney at 175F because Bird Pick sells a tea under the name Premium Silky Green as amgreen tea, but it is clearly and definitely a milk oolong. Years ago I called to ask them about it, and the person who answered told me that it was green and not oolong because oolong is dark and roasty. I told her….um, green ones aren’t. And she said she had to look into that because she didn’t know there were green and roasted!

Since it had been sold as a green, that was how I had been preparing it before I realized it was a milk oolong. It is a delicious tea and smells like movie theater buttered popcorn.

tea-sipper

Kawaii – I’ll be eager to see the results of your milk oolong experiment!
ashmanra – I love that Silky Green from Bird Pick.. it ages really really well too. Unless it was sent to me when it was already old. But now it’s even older. haha.

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