Milk Oolong

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Regarded as one of the most sought-after teas in Taiwan, and with good reason; Milk Oolong offers some of the most distinct and alluring flavours of the Oolong family. Don’t let its light jade appearance fool you, this tea brings a creamy, rich, milky flavour with a buttery finish. Its leaves are tightly rolled into tiny balls lending itself perfectly to multiple infusions. Let this tea take you on a journey, as the leaves unfurl with each infusion, so will its flavours.

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1 tsp for 250mLwater @90C, steeped three minutes.

Dry leaf: artificial butter-cream scent. Tightly-rolled bright green leaves. Twigs.

Wet leaf: unfurled green leaves, many twigs.

Liquor: pale yellow, some gold tones. Taste is flat — it’s scented hot water. And the scent is not very appealing; it seems fake and heavy to me.

A disappointment.

Evol Ving Ness

Too bad. There’s nothing like a nice milk oolong when you are in the mood for one. The jury seems to still be out on how much butter/cream is best. Personally, the creamier, the better. Though in the tea world, I may be a neanderthal.


Out of curiousity, what is the best Milk Oolong you’ve tried? So far the best I’ve heard about is Tao Tea Leaf and Teavivre, other than the now closed Majesteas


I’ve had Tao’s. It is pretty good. Nothing to blow my socks off, but a solid option. Oh and I think YS has a good one, or so I am told

Michelle Butler Hallett

I;ve only had four. My favourite came from a now-defunct indie tea shop; I’;m not sure where they got it from. That milk oolong semmeld and tasted like heavy cream with a slight floral note, and nothing seemed heavy or artificial. No mention of “flavouring” on the packets. My next-favourite was from DavidsTea, when it was still milk oolong with a long explanation about the effects of cool springs on the leaves in question. Then they switched a few years ago to “milk-flavouring.” That really didn’t agree with me; it tasted fake, and the tea itself seemed bitter and flat. I liked Tao Tea’s, but I wondered if there was added flavouring, as things got very buttery, almost microwave popcorn levels. Citizen Tea’s just face-planted for me.


Totally with you on the fake teas. The DT one I have tried as well, but didn’t enjoy. Maybe I’ll find one at the tea festival


@Evol not a neanderthal, to each his own with preferences I say. Those flavourings can be be cloying for me at times

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed. They can be cloying, but when heavy but not cloying, they are glorious.


Yes, so true! to be honest, what I dislike in Milk Oolongs most is when they have a floral intensity to them. For some reason I find the two flavours don’t mix well at all

Evol Ving Ness

Agreed. Most of the time.

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