Chinese Oolong

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Although there’s just one ingredient in this tea, it took our family years to select the perfect Oolong from a special region in Asia. We were searching for a tea with the consistent mellow notes that would go well with almost any meal. Ours in particular is not too dark or too light; it’s just right.

Ingredients: oolong tea

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Hmmm I was kinda surprised to see this at work…so why not. Yeah it’s not bad. It exceeds what I expected. Reminds me of the oolong that Dynasty puts out. A decent dark oolong at a nice price. Can’t beat that in a pinch.

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Hubby got this box of bags for himself…always makes me smile when he chooses a tea; it’s a rare and pleasant occurrence. Sticking with the recommended two minute steep yield, its mild and leans toward roasty-toasty rather than floral—definitely our household preference in an oolong. Pretty good stuff.

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Paid closer attention to the brewing time and only brewed this for just over a couple of minutes today. I think it’s perfect, and the smell isn’t bothering me much (although I had to laugh when I saw my previous review here since that was the first thought I had again today, that I don’t care for the smell!). It’s a nice change from my few regular boring black bagged teas that I drink at work (when I’m too lazy/running late to bring a loose variety).

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I really don’t know how I feel about this tea. It’s not bad, but it’s not good you know? I haven’t given up on it yet. I’m going to try a milder brew of it next time. I brewed it 2 bags in 2 cups of water the first time. What also perplexes me is that my local asian bistro serves oolong, and it comes out looking light green. This tea is a caramel color. So who is pulling the oolong switch? I really don’t know. Maybe it’s because this is “Chinese” oolong and the other is a Japanese oolong? I need to do more tea research and get back to you on this one. Suffice it to say I don’t think the taste is worth the price of the box.

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It could be differences in the degree of fermentation. The definition of oolong is pretty much just ‘partially fermented’ as opposed to the full fermentation of black tea. Some oolongs are closer to green tea in nature and some are closer to black tea in nature, so that might be the difference you’re noticing.


Thank you so much! :) Very interesting.

Bigelow Tea're absolutely correct in saying oolong tea is "partially fermented" or semi-fermented, which falls inbetween a black tea and a green tea.....DylanAngel2001, sorry this flavor wasn’t your cuppa tea. If you’d ever like to try a sample prior to purchasing an entire box, please call us directly @ 1-888-244-3569 to request, okay?

Kathy for Bigelow Tea


Even in just the Chinese oolong realm alone, oolongs cover the entire spectrum of partial oxidization. They range from just slightly oxidized to almost completely oxidized, with everything in between (dan congs). Greener oolongs call for cooler water and less steeping.

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Wow I am really impressed at the quality. If I did not personally brew it from a teabag I would think somebody was puling my leg if they said that it was brewed from a teabag. The tea has a nice smooth dark roast oolong, if you enjoy dark roast TKY than you will like this tea, if nothing else as a nice travel tea when loose leaf tea is not an option.

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2978 tasting notes

brews as dark as a black tea, has a hint of smoke and spiciness that gives it more depth than I"d expect from a bagged oolong and makes it linger on the tongue.

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Thoroughly enjoyable, albeit almost bland.

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I really love this one… It’s definitely a more roasted, black tea-leaning oolong, and it smells and tastes like chocolate to me. Very easy to steep and tasty at various temps. Smooth and amazing! Convenient and excellent quality for the price.

Flavors: Chocolate

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I can understand why this is Bertie Wooster’s afternoon tea.

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1022 tasting notes

This is very bias and unfair review
Bigalow’s Chinese Oolong teabags were what got me into tea in the first place years ago. My only experiences with tea were very dark and bitter tasting black teas until I decided to try this weird sounding tea that had the name of someone from the show Dragonball I had watched as a child. I drank this tea for years until I found out that not all tea was chopped up leaf. Thanks to grocery stores carrying this tea my love for oolong had a way to flourish from teabags which is quite interesting to remind myself.

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