Orchid Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea
Flavors
Cream, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Orchid, Perfume, Sweet, Violet, Butter, Grass, Milk, Nectar, Spicy, Smooth, Flowers
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by Mastress Alita
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 293 ml

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  • “I wanted something a bit lighter today, so I diceided to make this tea again. The first infusion used ~170 degree water, and steeped for 30 seconds. It was surprisingly sweet, but not quite as much...” Read full tasting note
    89
  • “Ok, I had this at a tea bar yesterday and I think they may have made this wrong…it was very light in color, as if it was a white tea I was drinking and the flavor was very watered down. I could...” Read full tasting note
  • “I have teabags of this that I really enjoy traveling with because the tin was full of individually wrapped bags. The flavor is super mild, sweet, and floral. I steeped this for 2 minutes for the...” Read full tasting note
    85
  • “Very light color, looks like a white tea. Nose is sweet, honeysuckle. Flavor is very light — would brew it 5 min next time. Small bite aftertaste.” Read full tasting note
    34

From Art of Tea

Our Orchid Oolong tea is grown in the hilltops of Nantou, Taiwan. Often covered in cool mist and surrounded by crisp streams, the leaves are hand-picked and basket-tossed in a process known as oxidization. They are then rolled into kernels that wait to unfold in your teapot. The resulting tea has a unique lilac flavor that is full and smooth, with a fresh orchid finish. It can be steeped multiple times (each time unlocking a different taste).

Tasting Notes: Lilac, Buttery, Fresh

Origin: Taiwan

Ingredients: Tung Ting Oolong Tea

Preparation Tips:

Water Temperature: 180-185 F degrees
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
Suggested Serving Size: 1 tsp/8oz

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Art of Tea is a tea importer and wholesaler based in Los Angeles, California. We hand blend and custom craft the world’s finest organic teas and botanicals. Our teas are carefully selected directly from growers, each one offering a unique story.

18 Tasting Notes

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250 tasting notes

I wanted something a bit lighter today, so I diceided to make this tea again. The first infusion used ~170 degree water, and steeped for 30 seconds. It was surprisingly sweet, but not quite as much as the orchid Oolong that Verdant offered last year. That’s the real problem with this tea: I’ve had a different version of the tea which tasted better, and I’m alway comparing the two and this tea just falls a bit short. Anyway, it’s still a lovely tea, with pleasant flowery notes an a nice lingering aftertaste, and it matches well iwth the beautiful warm weather today.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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132 tasting notes

Ok, I had this at a tea bar yesterday and I think they may have made this wrong…it was very light in color, as if it was a white tea I was drinking and the flavor was very watered down. I could barely taste any oolong at all and no floral notes, just a vague sweet note. So I have come to the conclusion that they used too much water or not enough tea, either way I am pretty sure this was watered down and not how this should taste, so I wont rate it until I try it again.

VegTea

Oh, bummer! You would think at a tea bar they would know how to prepare each tea correctly. Maybe it was just a fluke?

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85
630 tasting notes

I have teabags of this that I really enjoy traveling with because the tin was full of individually wrapped bags. The flavor is super mild, sweet, and floral. I steeped this for 2 minutes for the first 3 infusions, and 3 minutes for the next 2, 4 minutes for the third. Definitely a soft flavor, but very tasty.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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16 tasting notes

Very light color, looks like a white tea.

Nose is sweet, honeysuckle.

Flavor is very light — would brew it 5 min next time. Small bite aftertaste.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
902 tasting notes

This brews up to be a much lighter color than you would expect. The first time I brewed it, it was for 5 minutes and I double checked the tea timer after I saw the color. It’s a delicate, floral cup, and like the other reviewer said, it’s more like a white tea. I’ve debated brewing it for longer, but I do like the lightness of it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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73
627 tasting notes

I got this as a single teabag sample from a cupboard sale from Ost in August 2018, so thank you, Ost! I figured this would go well with my dinner of instant potstickers, so I brewed up the teabag in 205F water.

The tea is a lovely marigold color and smells like the Forever Spring oolong from Thunder Mountain Teas that I sipped down not all that long ago… a sort of floral purfumey aroma, but not overwhelming. It smells a bit like orchid, lilac, honeysuckle, and sweet cream. It tastes sweet and floral, smooth and a bit creamy, with a strong and lasting floral aftertaste. I like floral teas so I find it quite pleasant. It really does taste a lot like the Forever Spring oolong (was that also a Tung Ting?) but I do think that one was just a touch fuller in flavor.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Orchid, Perfume, Sweet, Violet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
Leafhopper

Forever Spring is another name for Four Seasons or Si Ji Chun oolong, so it’s probably not a Tung Ting (which is also known as Dong Ding), which is usually a roasted oolong. It’s hard when these teas have so many names, especially when some of them are made up by tea companies! Your Orchid Oolong does kind of sound like a Four Seasons, though a lot of those floral oolongs are similar. Anyway, sorry for the lecture. :)

Mastress Alita

It tasted like a dead ringer for the Forever Spring one, but Art of Tea’s website says “Tung Ting Oolong” in the top of the browser as an alternate name. It certainly doesn’t have any roasty flavor at all…

Leafhopper

Hmm. Sometimes Tung Ting is left unroasted, so that could be what it is.

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3069 tasting notes

Another single sample from Ost! Thanks again! (Hope you are well!) I LOVE the idea of an orchid oolong, it’s my favorite type of oolong — floral. However, I’m not sure what the age of this sealed teabag might be. The packaging is quite nice. I may have oversteeped the first steep.. the color of the brew was bright GREEN. uh oh. I guess the teabag might have contained more than a teaspoon and shouldn’t have went in my smaller mug. The flavor isn’t as floral as I’d expect. Buttery,sweet, a bit vegetal. I guess oolongs as they get older, tend to be harder to describe. It’s decent enough. I guess I just didn’t want to sip this down without writing SOMETHING. Poor tea. I see the site has a 20% off spring sale, if anyone is interested… though I’m not sure when that ends.
Steep #1 // 1 teabag for smaller mug // 10 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 7 minutes after boiling // 2 min
2019 sipdowns: 27
edited to add: Whoops. just got an e-mail from Art of Tea saying there is hours left in the sale….

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1942 tasting notes

The leaves have a grassy green smell in the tin, with a sweet floral note and just a hint of a sharp spicy note.

Gaiwan, 195F. Rinse, 15 seconds +5 for each subsequent steep.

The tea has a very pale yellow liquor. It smells fresh, with a single floral note. The description says lilac, and while I ‘m not sure I have a mental map of lilac’s aroma, I have no reason to think this isn’t that. In the first steep, there’s a light, milk note.

Later steeps continue to have the lilac note, but starting with the second steep through several more, the milky note becomes buttery. By the third steep, the leaves have greatly expanded and leave a sugary, nectar/floral scent in the cup when the tea is gone.

Something about this tea made me want to keep steeping it beyond my typical four steeps for note-writing purposes. I took this through an additional three steeps with breakfast.

That’s a really good sign, and my rating reflects it.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Grass, Milk, Nectar, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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85
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Oh my goodness, this has to be one of the strongest floral teas I’ve ever had-at least smell wise. The dry leaf smell was super strong. When I steeped it the strong aroma went away a bit.And when I began to drink the tea, the strong floral notes came back.
The buttery flavor actually threw me off in this one. It smelled so strong that I didn’t think it would be buttery at all, because usually I can smell it before.
But the buttery flavor wasn’t overwhelming. It gave it more depth.
I really love this tea! Definitely one I’d buy again, but only in a really good sale because it’s kinda a lot of money. And the smallest oz you can get of this one, other than the sample tin is a 4oz bag. So that’s kinda annoying.
Well, definitely a good tea to remember for next year’s Black Friday sale! :P

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Smooth

Nicole

Wow. That sounds really appealing. Buttery oolongs are my favorite kind and I like floral teas.

Ost

It’s really good! I definitely recommend it! It’s worth picking up-and the sample sizes are good for a few cups! :D

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11 tasting notes

Very delicate tea. Mild coloring. Not like a typical oolong at all. Color is mild, but feels very full and thick on the tongue. Smell is sweet yet slightly vegetal.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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