Organic Shui Xian Oolong Tea

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Our organic Shui Xian Oolong hails from the Wuyi mountains in China’s Fujian province. This exquisite oolong is produced using the top three to four leaves on the branch. After wilting and bruising the leaves, they are hand-rolled into their final shape. When brewed, these dark green-brown leaves create an amber infusion with an exquisite floral fragrance that complements the tea’s sweetness (in fact, Shui Xian translates directly into “narcissus”). The taste is smooth and lightly sweet, with a subtle dryness reminding of pear skin, followed by a lightly baked aftertaste. As with most oolongs of this type it is moderately oxidized, ranging from 40% to 60%. Like other fine oolong teas, our Shui Xian Oolong may be infused a number of times, with each infusion revealing a new nuance of this tea’s complex flavor.

Sustainability is a cornerstone of Arbor Teas’ business philosophy. In addition to offering an exclusively organic selection of teas, they recently became the first tea company to offer their whole catalog in 100% backyard compostable packaging. They’ve also carbon-offset the entire supply chain of their products, from origin to the customer, making Arbor Teas the greenest option for Earth-conscious tea drinkers, and one of few tea companies recognized by Green America.

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We’re tea enthusiasts with a lot of passion. Passion for top quality tea, the environment, fair trade, and our community. We started Arbor Teas in Ann Arbor, Michigan, intent on creating a tea company as passionate as we are. Our passion is reflected in every aspect of Arbor Teas. You’ll certainly notice it in the exceptional collection of teas we offer - one of the largest catalogs of USDA certified organic teas around, nearly three-quarters of which are Fair Trade Certified®.

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2816 tasting notes

It seems like I go through lots of phases in my tea drinking journey. For whatever reason I have not been drinking too many oolongs lately but I’m having this one this morning.

It definitely seems typical of a wuyi type of tea, nice mineral quality with sweet roasted plum type of aftertaste. I really do like this a lot and wonder how it would be as a cold brewed tea. The wet leaves smell of burnt toast and jam.

see my previous notes for more info…

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

This sounds good!


I liked it! Bumped the rating up a few points since I’m thinking about buying more eventually. :))


I am on a non-oolong stretch, myself. I have some really yummy ones to try, too!

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807 tasting notes

Enjoying a nice cup of this tea right now – plum and woodsy notes are primary.
Very juicy – I almost choked on my first sip due to the bursting effect it has.
Very delightful and not too drying.
Roasty and calming on a cool evening.

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4847 tasting notes

Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this Oolong. It’s really nice.

Yesterday’s Oolong was also a Shui Xian and that was purely by coincidence. I did not even realize that this was a Shui Xian until I started to put it in my gaiwan. Sure, the label said Shui Xian but what I was really focusing on was the “Oolong” part.

And as I’m tasting this, I do note similarities between this and the tea that I had last evening. They possess similar honey-esque tones and fruit notes, as well as roasty, charcoal-ish, nutty flavors. I notice a little less creaminess with this cup than I remember from last night, but that would be the only real notable difference. Then again, I’m not drinking them side-by-side so I can’t do a very accurate comparison … this is all based on my memory of the tea that I had last night (although I will say that it WAS a memorable tea) versus what I’m sipping right now.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed both teas.

Arbor Tea is one of my favorite companies if for no other reason than the fact that they are very dedicated to preserving the environment and that is important to me. But on top of that, they also provide excellent quality, fair-trade, organic teas.

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6770 tasting notes

Smells like your good ole standby roasty/toasty oolong!

It infuses to a medium brown/grey color.

It’s a rich woodsy-sweet type taste with a nice roasted-goodness to it. The aftertaste is satisfying as well :)

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328 tasting notes

This is lovely, light and slightly toasted. Smooth.

This tea is almost comparable to the Wuyi oolong from JK Tea Shop. I say almost as this one seems to have fewer infusions…BUT, the advantage is this one is organic.

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518 tasting notes

It was a snow day for me….well, I worked from home because we had over 16" (42cm) of snow yesterday, ending sometime well after I went to bed. Staying home from work was definitely the right idea.

So I had this tea today. I’ve been looking for a tea to use for my planned American wheat with blackberry and oolong beer that I’m going to make. I think this is going to be the tea.

It’s got some great mineral qualities to it. It’s sweet. It’s easy drinking. It stands up to multiple infusions, which means it should handle the boil pretty well.

And, it’s a great price to buy bulk! Plus, they deliver free in Ann Arbor, which makes this super affordable.


Crazy snowing frenzy. Stay safe and warm!


I like this one…


So do I, TeaBrat. It’s good on its own, but I think it will also be able to stand up to being in beer. It’ll be an interesting experiment, if nothing else.


Are you thinking of adding it as you make the wort, or after, like dry hopping?


AnnaEA the plan is in the boil. I spoke with the brewer at my favorite brewery, and that is when he adds his tea. (I’m actually trying to make a clone of one of his tea beers.)


Nifty. I’ve never a tea beer, but it sounds right up my alley. Maybe I should pull out my brewing stuff again… I hope you let us know how it comes out!


I will! I’m excited to make it and try it. I hope it turns out well. I ordered the tea last night, but I’m not sure when we’ll make it. Things are a little busy right now and for the next couple of months. Plus, it’s cold, so while we do brew in the garage in the colder months, we have to have the garage door open so we don’t die from CO poisoning. It’s right now a little too cold to even want to do that. We’ll see…

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23 tasting notes

Difficult taste to describe – it’s like tea with honey already added. Slight dryness, it tastes like what I always wished coffee would taste like… Some sort of dark, licorice smooth flavor. Sweet. Good to drink at night.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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