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Oolong Tea
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Grass, Milk, Osmanthus, Vegetal, Butter, Cantaloupe, Cream, Floral, Frosting, Fruity, Honeydew, Mango, Orange, Vanilla, Asparagus, Creamy, Meat, Umami, Pine, Sweet, Artichoke, Orange Zest
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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 oz / 125 ml

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  • “13.3g in this 10g sample! Decided to brew gong fu with this one, using half the sample. Dry tea looks nice, large-medium sized balls and very little dust. Appearance is typical of the style,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Moderately thick and quite smooth, this Jin Xuan has clarity, strength, and freshness to its milk flavor, paired with a note of buttered greens. A very slight floral and fruity quality is present...” Read full tasting note
  • “I am finally catching up on some things both at home and at work, so my tea reviewing schedule is back on track. After three straight days of spring-like warmth, the temperature has plummeted,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I didn’t really get to properly sit down and enjoy this insisted on somewhat debating with me about something while I was trying to prepare everything and clean up other stuff around me at the same...” Read full tasting note

From Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company

This tea is one of our favorites. It’s a special cultivar known for its “Nai Xiang” or slightly milky quality. You’ll notice a nice comfortable body, a flowery scent along with a clean finish. Although this is an inexpensive tea it’s very nice! Like our other teas, this tea is hand-picked, hand-roasted and delicious. Play around with the brewing and you’ll get different bodies and hits. Remember that our teas contain NOTHING other than tea. We like it that way!

Location: Shan Lin Xi, Nantou county, Central Taiwan.

Chinese name: 杉林溪金萱烏龍茶/Jin Xuan Oolong Cha.

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5 tasting notes

13.3g in this 10g sample! Decided to brew gong fu with this one, using half the sample.

Dry tea looks nice, large-medium sized balls and very little dust. Appearance is typical of the style, beautiful dark green that’s somehow “bright” at eh same time. Dry aroma is subtle honey, osmanthus, sweet milk.

Gong fu style:
Filtered tap water at full boil, quick rinse.

1st infusion, full boil, 35 seconds. Aroma is light, sweet grassiness. Wet leaf aroma similar with a bit more osmanthus and milk scent. Pleasant taste and mouthfeel but both a little thin. I used about 5% less tea than I typically do — will try going a bit longer on the next ones. Finish is sweet and vegetal. Milk/buttery flavors are noticeable but quite subtle. Pleasant slight lingering sweetness. Ahh, waited a couple of minutes and there’s the hui gan. Nice.

2nd infusion: full boil, 45 seconds. A bit stronger and darker than 1st infusion but aroma, taste, mouthfeel all similar.Balance now shifts towards more sweetness and less vegetal. Stronger umami

3rd infusion, full boil, 60 seconds. Similar to second in color and mouthfeel; flavor and aroma slightly lower across the spectrum. Very little tannin or bitterness. Strong hui gai on this one!

4th (and final) infusion: full boil, 120 seconds. Nice sweetness now. Aroma has faded but mouthfeel and sweetness are very nice. Honey orchid & osmanthus flavors now. Still not getting a lot of “milk” from this one. (And I despise flavored “jinxuan” so not looking for that.) Very nice lingering sweetness.

Based on this session, I think this tea wants longer brews. Might just do the remainder in 2 small competition-style brews and catch all those layers at once.

Leaves very delicate and tore easily post-infusions. Possibly hand-picked? (They say it is.) Mix of leaf & bud systems & single leaves, even a few long, thin lonely stems. Those leaves that aren’t on stems are quite torn. Almost looks like a mix of hand- and machine-picked, but I’m far from an expert.

Nice tea at a good price ($12.99/56g).

Flavors: Grass, Milk, Osmanthus, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Moderately thick and quite smooth, this Jin Xuan has clarity, strength, and freshness to its milk flavor, paired with a note of buttered greens. A very slight floral and fruity quality is present in the aftertaste, but the predominant flavor is milk.

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851 tasting notes

I am finally catching up on some things both at home and at work, so my tea reviewing schedule is back on track. After three straight days of spring-like warmth, the temperature has plummeted, allowing me the opportunity to indulge in a recently acquired craving for smooth, sweet oolongs. I started on a sample pouch of this one immediately after getting home from work, and I have to say that I find it to be perhaps the most consistent Jin Xuan I have tried, at least to this point.

I prepared this one gongfu style. After a very quick rinse, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 195 F water for 10 seconds. This infusion was followed by 13 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 7 seconds, 12 seconds, 15 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, and 3 minutes. Yes, I decided to play around with my brewing methods again. No, it will never end.

Prior to the rinse, the dry leaves gave off mild buttery, creamy aromas. The rinse introduced a subtle scent of vanilla frosting. The first infusion produced bolder aromas of cream, butter, vanilla frosting, and daylily shoots. In the mouth, I picked up delicate notes of cream, butter, vanilla frosting, sweetgrass, and daylily shoots. Subsequent infusions introduced floral and fruity qualities. I began detecting mango, papaya, orange, cantaloupe, honeydew, and well, actual daylily as opposed to just daylily shoots. Later infusions were mildly creamy and buttery with the dominant notes of cream and butter underscored by progressively fainter daylily, citrus, vanilla frosting, and melon impressions.

This was really pretty great for a Jin Xuan. Many teas of this type will bludgeon the drinker with over-the-top and/or artificial creaminess, but this one didn’t. It was nicely balanced and I greatly appreciated that. It also displayed wonderful texture and body in the mouth. I could have cut my session short by at least a couple infusions, but I just did not want to because this tea felt so nice. If you are the type of drinker who has ever lamented the lack of subtlety and sophistication in many contemporary Jin Xuans, I would strongly urge you to try this one.

Flavors: Butter, Cantaloupe, Cream, Floral, Frosting, Fruity, Grass, Honeydew, Mango, Orange, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Somewhat like that piece of music that with every listen, further subtleties and nuances reveal themselves.

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356 tasting notes

I didn’t really get to properly sit down and enjoy this insisted on somewhat debating with me about something while I was trying to prepare everything and clean up other stuff around me at the same time. I got a few steeps in, but wasn’t able to focus on any of them, so all I can say at the moment is that it’s both vegetal and milky and I’m going to have to give this another go. I enjoyed it as best I could!

Flavors: Milk, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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338 tasting notes

Nice milk & cake dough aroma from the steeped leaves, which are nice and juicy & green.

light soup colour with subtle milk & dough aroma. Milky taste, much less fruity than the WP one imo, more vegetal/normal high grown taiwanese taste (not that thats a bad thing at all, on the contrary). A bit sour green when pushed, but at least nice and natural tasting. Nice fresh steamed veg aroma from the steeped leaves.

Great stuff, nice & green & natural tasting with a bit more thicker body than the usual high grown lishans ive tasted

Daylon R Thomas

Not sure if I already wrote this, but I liked that tea because it has the fresh grass quality I like in vegetals.

Rasseru

yeah, totally understand that.

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I’ve had the flavored version of this oolong several times, and it’s one of my favorites (not from Beautiful Taiwan, though). So I thought I knew what I was expecting when I brewed this.

It doesn’t taste at all like I would expect. This oolong was more like a Sencha with a meaty, buttery, umami sort of flavor. The mouthfeel was creamy, but the flavor of the liquid wasn’t at all sweet like I was expecting. Still very tasty though. There’s a hint of vegetable in there, but a heavy savory vegetable, like asparagus.

The leaves seem to lose most of their flavor after 2 steepings if you’re brewing western, which seems a little low to me.

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Creamy, Meat, Umami

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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I’m still surprised that this does not have a higher rating on here. I’m enjoying it on a cool summer morning with breeze in the trees and the tropical grass aroma blowing into my nose. I steeped this at 3 min, 4, then 5, and I’m pretty sure there’s more to come. It really is similar to Whispering Pine’s Golden Lily, but not quite as tropical. It does, however, have the same creamy texture and sour fruity after taste.

At the same time, I shouldn’t be surprised at the reaction to this tea at all. Jade oolongs on here are really strong hit or misses-most often because of the teas being too vegetal or too floral. I’m certainly generalizing, but those are the trends I see. And given that I enjoy a healthy dose of florals and vegetals, it’s no surprise I prefer them.

Rasseru

How is this tasting compared to the others in the blind test? I’ve just received my package

Daylon R Thomas

It’s one of the only milks I’ve had so far. The other, I wrote about. #3.

Evol Ving Ness

What is this blind test?

Daylon R Thomas

A pact with me and Rasseru. Were trying out some oolongs to test our taste buds. It is quite fun. I’m behind as of now. Stuck on #4. All of my random steeps have been these samples so far. I have so many roasted oolongs…

Rasseru

im away from my house and only brought 1-3 with me

Evol Ving Ness

This does sound like fun. Totally want in on this if it becomes a thing.

Daylon R Thomas

It might become a thing with the group buys, but I do not know personally.

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Yay! I love Jin Xuan, so I’m excited to try this. I recently came to the belated conclusion that the one I recently loved and raved about from another vendor is artificially flavored, so I am looking for an authentic replacement. Maybe this will be one that I really enjoy! :3

The dry leaves are very green, so this tea seems very fresh. I’m not sure what harvest date this is from, but it looks and smells quite recent. The aroma is floral and buttery. The aroma of the wet leaves is very nice, rich and buttery, very floral, lots of lush aromas of vegetation.

I’m gongfu brewing this. The first infusion has a nice cream flavor and tastes lightly floral as well. In that regard it reminds me of magnolias, or maybe even a really mild lotus flavor.

The second infusion is much more floral, but still has a creamy body and flavor to it as well. There are notes of coniferous tree sap. The taste is less floral as the tea cools.

The third infusion is quite a bit floral as well, but still has that thick creamy note running through it. Flavorwise, it hasn’t change much. It’s more in the balance of the flavors that this tea changes during each infusion.

On the fourth infusion the floral flavor is more of an undertone, blending with a vegetal grassy flavor, and still has a creamy richness to it.

Overall I would say this Jin Xuan was more floral than I expected it to be, and not as milky as the renowned nickname of “milk oolong” makes me think it should be, but it was a nice tea, definitely a crisp and clean one as far as green oolongs go.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Grass, Pine, Vegetal

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Of the five teas I purchased from BTT, this was the least impressive. I have to agree with the other reviewers, this Golden Lily pales in comparison to Whispering Pines. It has a very buttery quality, as in someone dropped a pat of butter in my cup. Steeped gongfu there is also a bit of floral and a touch of sugarcane sweetness. But there’s no real complexity to this tea. It’s drinkable, but kind of forgettable.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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BTTC is one of my favorite and I poured about $500 into them last year so saying this isn’t so easy for me: After having Whsipering Pines golden lily…. everything else will probably compare as lesser. While this is a wonderful product, with subtle sweet notes of fruit to it, it’s
These are nicely rolled mid-range green oolong pieces with a decent aroma level that makes you aware that it’s a variant of milk oolong. The brewing of this tea is quite simple and can get decent four steeps out of it. I really enjoyed the second steep the most with it’s more mellow notes and more oolong’ness comes out as the leaf unravels. I’m pretty sure this would make for a nice cold brew as well, but I don’t cold brew often.

Equusfell

Yeah, most other Golden Lilies don’t reach the heights that WP’s does, but the two that come to mind for me are Mandala’ (very different, extreme buttery-ness!) and American Tea Room’s (the classic milk oolong flavor, punched up to 11). WP is unique with its coconut-milk overtones, which are crazy good!

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