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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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  • “I cheated a little bit with this one, but it was totally worth it. I wanted…..NEEDED….tea this morning. Lots and lots of stress – nuff said. I wanted a black or oolong tea and this sample caught...” Read full tasting note
  • “this tea smells like roasted peanut butter, very nutty. it has a very clean taste, with some really interesting charcoal notes. The charcoal flavor tastes as if I took some tea in aluminum, and let...” Read full tasting note
  • “Holy roasty toasty awesome in my cup! I’ve had this for a while now and this is the first time I’ve had it since I purchased it way back when Tony was closing shop. But half of it is off to a...” Read full tasting note
  • “Steep Information: Amount: 2 tsp Water: 16 oz 195°F Tool: Adagio IngenuiTEA 16 oz Steep Time: a little over 2 minutes Served: Hot Tasting Notes: Dry Leaf Smell: a little roasty, hints...” Read full tasting note

From Chicago Tea Garden

Repeated roasting gives these leaves a rich, deep taste, with a hint of charcoal on the nose and no bitterness.

About Chicago Tea Garden View company

Chicago Tea Garden is an online tea shop committed to providing extraordinary teas and tea education to tea lovers and those new to the leaf. Chicago Tea Garden's co-owner Tony Gebely also runs the World of Tea Blog [http://www.worldoftea.org] and Tweets at @WorldofTea.

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123 tasting notes

This is a simple nice oolong with a wonderful roasted nut flavor at the end of every sip. It almost tastes like roasted corn at a summer picnic. It doesn’t have the sweetness or vegetal taste of lighter greener oolongs and is perfect when you want a little more bite to your oolong. I love trying teas from places other then china and india and this tea can definitely stand on its own when compared to chinese oolongs. After seeing lord of the rings I’m sure New Zealand has many perfect places to grow and process tea. Very nice.

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61 tasting notes

I have to thank Ashmanra for sending me this tea and waiting to have a tasting with me. Maybe my nose is broken but I really didn’t get much charcoal or smoke from this tea, dry leaves or wet. It does have a very roasted nut flavor and aroma to me with a slight sweet, floral note at the end. I didn’t enjoy a second steep all that much but I may have used too much water for my amount of leaf. It was a little creamy but it tasted more of a weak green tea to me.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

I agree Sandy about your note. Actually, I am the one who sent the sample to Ashmanra. When I purchased it, I expected- something toasty like DaHongPao but instead- it seemed like a full flavored green oolong? If you have any sample left, if you retry w/much less water- the taste should be “full”- I think I did 1 tbs w/6 oz water…but really, I was somewhat disappointed as I did not get a “dark” flavor from this one….


I will try with the 6 oz, thanks


I used 1 1/2 tsp. with 6 oz water, so mine was stronger. The second steep was very creamy.

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62 tasting notes

This tastes like a very light rock oolong with some slight floral overtones. The body has a very nutty taste, but as others have noted, the aftertaste is sweet and not at all bitter.

After tasting all three, I think that I’d currently rank all three varieties:

1. Pure
2. Dark
3. Aromatic

But this is subject to change, because I plan to give more thought to these reviews the second time around.

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247 tasting notes

This tea smells really nice when dry. It’s kind of a roasted scent, but clean.

195/3 min. – I’m trying to up my oolong brewing time as I prefer a stronger cup.

After brewing, it smells as if I overdid it. It’s pretty strong, but when I taste it, it’s perfect! I can taste the roasted leaves. It’s very good. There is no fruitiness or floral taste to it, just a nice roasted oolong flavor. I liked this version much more than the Zealong Pure.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Geoffrey Norman

Oooo, lucky, I’ve always wanted to try the New Zealand oolong stuff.

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1137 tasting notes

Goooone! I bought this like over a year ago from Rachel on Teatra.de. It looks like it might be being sold at another vendor since CTG closed. It only got through about 5-6 steeps before it lost its zazz.

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126 tasting notes

I love this one. Clean and simple tasting like the Zealong Pure, but with a little bit of roasty goodness. Never got bitter or astringent (you know I have a tendency to oversteep, I think I like things dark). And still held that sweetness that was in the Zealong Pure, a kind of oolongy sweetness.

This tea clears the mind, like the Pure, and puts a smile on your face. I think between this and the Pure, I would use the Pure for relaxing days and the Dark for I want to relax but I have some things to do days.

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54 tasting notes

4g tea
about 5 oz water
Zealong’s website suggests about 5g per 5oz, so thats why the low amount of water.

Aroma is strong and nutty and finishes with a lingering sweetness.

The color is a light pale yellow. The leaves were rather large and dark, they have not unfurled completely.

This is a very smooth tea, the flavor does not come across nearly as strong as the aroma. There is no bitterness, no astringency. The subtle flavors may be overwhelmed by the stronger iced Assam i just finished prior. Will have to see if the re-steeps alleviate that and maybe adjust the rating higher.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

Tried this in the Hong Kong tea expo. Good, Taiwanese flavours. Clean without the nasty grassy notes. A bit expensive for what it is.

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10 tasting notes

Quite pleasant. The aroma is toasty and the taste is very light and slightly fruity. I might try a longer steeping time to make this a little less light.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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