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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 g 7 oz / 209 ml

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  • “Note: don’t eat some kimchi right before you taste tea. It takes awhile to actually taste the tea! Ok, and now about 10 minutes later… This has a very faint floral scent and a nice buttery flavor....” Read full tasting note
  • “It’s a very light mossy smell this time. Infusion 3. 10 mins. The leaves are finally fully expanded. The taste is wonderful. Sweet. Could prob do more infusions but I think I am going to move...” Read full tasting note
  • “My 1st pouchong! While I’ve wanted to try this I wasn’t intenting to get it yet, but I really wanted to try the superior jasmine pearls (a once in a life time chance most likely), so I decided to...” Read full tasting note
  • “I changed my rating I love this tea so much! I can’t get enough of it, I want to bathe in this stuff. Going on my FIFTH steep today of the same leaves. Holy Hojicha! That’s a lot of Pouchong!...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

Oolong tea from Taiwan. Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful’ was what the Dutch explorers called this island. The oolong teas grown here continue to be called as such. The least processed of these are termed pouchong. The ‘Opus Pouchong’ is a lightly oxidized tea with large, wavy, dark-green leaves. It is arguably the most delicate tea produced in Taiwan, a country known for its share of delicate teas. It yields a light cup with delicate fragrance and a gentle, precociously sweet taste. An underrated tea we urge you not to overlook.

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57 Tasting Notes

99 tasting notes

I’ve been meaning to try this since I got it a week and a half ago!

The leaves look really nice and have a light, floral scent.

Brewed, it smells quite buttery, actually!

I only steeped it for 3 mins, ‘cuz the water here is kind of hot. I haven’t measured it, but I do think it’s above 180, which is what Adagio recommends. But also, 5 mins seems long to me for a tea this green.

In any case, it’s got a really light, slightly sweet flavor. It’s very very smooth, and there are definitely buttery notes that I quite enjoy! I’m a fan! :) When this sample’s done, I may just have to get more!

Thanks for the recommendation, Cofftea! :)

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

It’s actually a closer to a green oolong. That being said I like a several oolongs at 3min anyway inspite of it not being a green. As much as I loved it at 3 min, I am curious as to how it’ll taste at 5 min.

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Yeah, I’d be interested to try it at 5 mins too! I’ll have to make sure I have the right water temp when I do though.


Buttery? Yum!

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176 tasting notes

Wow earthy teas are definitely a thing with me I JUST LOVE THEM this is probably one of my favorite loose leaf oolongs I have right now YUM.

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123 tasting notes

I’m up to steep three and now I’m getting a buttery aftertaste, its become less vegetal and more sweet as well.

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19 tasting notes

At first I didn’t really notice much in this tea…. until I let it cool down. Then I REALLY tasted this flavor to its fullest. Using the newly learned slurp technique (keep your mouth open and slurp the tea to get more O2 in), I noticed your typical lighter tea vegetal flavors, but with a sharp taste of movie popcorn butter without the popcorn. So basically it tasted incredibly sweet with movie butter popcorn in it. The good thing is that it wasn’t all syrupy like that movie butter crap is, and it’s much healthier ;). I’d go as far to say as this was a bit oily, but NOT in a bad way. Very strange for Pouchong, but hey whatever tastes good right?

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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14 tasting notes

This is a greener oolong with a light and buttery flavor. It’s smooth, lightly floral and a little bit nutty. On the second steeping a slightly vegetal taste started to emerge, which became even stronger with the third steeping. I will purchase this one again.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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8 tasting notes

great evening tea. tastes like melons after a few brews, with slight nutty and floral tones. definitely something for you yixing tea pot or gaiwan.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

Mine came today! How does this differ from a green or dark oolong?

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not that different from a green (a la oolong #18), but not as thick of a mouth feel, lighter and more fluid. and it seems to go out sooner than an oolong like #18.

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42 tasting notes

So most oolong’s have been good to me. This one is very good in fact I bought a bag of this after trying a sample from Adagio and it is almost gone already! Very light in comparison to many oolong’s almost like a silver needle, but has more body. It steeps to a light yellowish green, smells of clover mixed with grass. Taste starts like a white tea, but as you hold it in your mouth the oolong slowly comes out to play. As you steep this the leaves slowly unfurl, which is fun to watch. I like teas that make me want to drink them while waiting for them to steep! The leaves fully open after about two steepings.

This is what I had thought a good green tea would taste like, I’m still looking for a green that I can keep in my tea stash all the time and drink daily. Until I find that green I have this, until it runs out!

I’ve been able to steep this multiple times and continue to like the results. As it cools the flavor stays very stable. Some teas the taste changes as the temperature does, this one seems to hold its flavor with varying temperature (at least until my mug is empty). I may have to buy the big bag of this from Adagio…

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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83 tasting notes

2nd Infusion. Has more of a nutty smell to it. The taste is just a nice smooth, nutty and buttery taste. This has been one of the few Oolongs that I have really enjoyed.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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12 tasting notes

This dry leaves smell sweet and slightly malty, and the liquor is a lemon yellow colour, smells nice and sweet. The flavour is floral and vegetal, and the aftertaste is only slightly dry. This is what I’m getting with my limited palate – need to try more oolongs so I can develop it better.

I’d say the temperature of the water was just right, any hotter and it would have gone bitter. The flavour might have developed a bit more with a longer steeping, I will try 4 mins next time.

Before I made this tea today I felt quite depressed, lazy and had no energy. After I had two cups, I suddenly sprung up and vacuumed the apartment thoroughly! I feel so much better now. Tea has once again proved its magical power.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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11 tasting notes

This is a great light oolong. I much prefer amber and darker oolongs, but when I feel like having a lighter oolong, this is the first I think of. It has that slight hint of green tea flavor, but with that distinct light oolong characteristic and a high level of floral hints. It’s the floral hints that make me enjoy this lighter oolong so much more than those with a more grassy flavor.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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