Ginseng Oolong

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Oolong Tea
Ginseng, Oolong Tea
Butter, Sweet, Tangy, Wet wood, Sugarcane, Wood, Wet Wood, Grass
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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 g 12 oz / 348 ml

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Ginseng for joy
This ginseng-coated tea looks more like moss-covered pebbles than tea leaves. And it tastes just as wonderfully weird as it looks: rich and crisp with a hint of shea butter and a sweet, lingering ginseng flavour.

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Well this brews up quite a bit darker than my straight oolongs. Hmm. We will see, we will see.

Hmm. I don’t think I’m too fond of this one. Must be the ginseng. A very strange aftertaste in the back of my mouth/throat.

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81 tasting notes

I’m going to be a bit of a black sheep here and be the first one to say that I’m really not a fan of the Ginseng Oolong. Even though I really wanted to be.

I had this as a hot cup to go. That may have been my problem – so I won’t write this one off completely at this point.

Drank it straight, and likely oversteeped with too hot water. I found that at the top of the sit it tasted like a good standard oolong, but it quickly took on this clinging sweetness that lingered long after the swallow. Weird sensation. I’m not used to sweetness with oolongs, so it really threw me off. As it continued steeping on my walk home, this became even more pronounced. I’d really like to try this again under different circumstances – shorter steep time, proper water temp, etc., to see if my experience improves.

Aimee Popovacki

yeah not a fan either… they had the 1 dollar packets of tea for half off so i got one of this…. blehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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330 tasting notes

Got a sample of this with my recent order.
Not bad, I enjoyed it with a little bit of sweetening.
I don’t know that I would order it for myself, but wouldn’t turn it down if offered it.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79 tasting notes

Funky, weird, tasty…

I’ve been on an Oolong streak for the last week, I have almost knocked off all the oolong’s DAVIDsTEA has to offer, many tasting notes will be coming in the next couple days, especially the straight oolongs.

I kept getting told I had to try this tea, it is one of the favorites of a couple of the girls that work in my local Davids store. At first I was put off of it mistakenly thinking it was ginger not ginseng, after clearing that up I considered it was worth a try.

I found this to be a unique tea not only in appearance but in flavor as well. The ginseng coated oolong balls look more like something you would find at the bottom of an improperly cleaned aquarium, funny enough the smell is not too far off to boot! Steeping the tea brings out more of the ginseng sweetness in the aroma.

The final brew is quite dark compared to a lot of the other oolongs I have been drinking, I believe the only one really comparable so far in color for me has been high mountain oolong. But between various steeping times and Gung Fu methods its been a wide variety of colors and flavors from the oolongs.

I don’t quite know where I sit with this tea, I bought a 26 gram sample and have gone through about half of it. I enjoy the taste but I am still not sure if it is one I would keep in my stash or not, it’s got the rest of this sample to wow me otherwise it might get removed.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Wow, so this is maybe the first oolong tea that I’ve tried and enjoyed. Given the choice, I usually like to go for flavored or scented teas, I rarely go for straight teas, let alone an oolong variety.

The first brew of this tea had an overpowering taste of ginseng, with not a lot of the oolong flavor. The second brew however, was much more well-rounded. Both had intense flavor, without over-doing it or being bitter.

There’s a certain freshness to this tea, and the after taste is one of the most astringent that I know of. If you have ever chewed on licorice bark, you are already familiar with the feeling it leaves in your mouth. It’s refreshing, and I think it would be a good one if you were feeling a sore throat coming on, or weren’t feeling well.

Overall, it’s a neat tea. Not what I was expecting, but delicious in it’s own way.

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I accidentally let this steep for ~15 minutes so there’s quite a punch of ginseng with an aftertaste of oolong.

I just wanted to let anybody know that if you do like your ginseng-oolong teas heavy on the ginseng, try steeping this one longer!

8 min or more

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I’m just really stuck and cooped up in my room watching video lessons and doing intense functions and physics work for the unit tests tomorrow, not to mention having to do my biology presentation over again because my laptop crashed and hence, why I have to do my powerpoint over again.
Luckily, this tea is once again accompanying me to handle my jobs well. This tea is basically my go to tea! It’s got a nice flavour to it, and the sweetness just kind of lingers throughout the process of drinking it. I love it both hot and iced, and I’ll be sure to go buy this in a full tin – sad the one nearby only offers Ginseng Oolong in the little packets.

Update: So now my nearby David’s Tea offers Ginseng Oolong in bulk! The moment I saw it on the counter while sniffing other teas, I just HAD TO HAVE IT, and so I did, a full tin of it. This has got to be my most favourite teas of all teas at the moment. I went through half the tin within approx. two weeks? It’s amazing to drink for any given time on my schedule. In the mornings when I need something to keep me up, a refreshing drink, when I’m sick or feeling like horrid, and even all nighters. It tastes good hot, and still good when it cools down. This tea is perfect.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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50 tasting notes

My DAVIDsTEA friends told me about this one day (they were all ooh-ing about it for some reason, I forgot) when I walked into the store and I decided to buy a little sample of it to take home to try for myself.

It’s been sitting in the back of my cupboard for a month now and I’ve finally remembered to try it. (Was in the mood for oolong)

At first I couldn’t remember why they said I should try it, something about the taste..hmmm..
After the cup was brewed, I took a sip aaaaand nothing. It’s just a nice vegetal oolong.

Then seconds later after the first sip or two I didn’t realize but I inhaled through my nose and noticed this strange sweet after taste in the back of my throat. Like many on here said, it’s kind of artificial? I felt sick at first but it sort of grew on me. It’s a licorice-y (menthol?) kind of sweet. Very strange. I loved that the dry leaves looked like tiny green pebbles.

Don’t know if I’ll restock because it nearly made me upchuck but it’s neat.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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19 tasting notes

Very green,sweet and very smooth. I didn’t know if I would like it so I only bough 50g but sort of wished I bought more. A great pick me up tea.

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3 tasting notes

I hadn’t had a lot of experience with oolongs, so I was interested in trying the sample pack I had. The tea itself looked like green dog kibble, and had a mild, aromatic smell.
The liquor itself was equally mild. I enjoyed it, but would’ve liked something a little stronger.
And of course, this tea also made me violently ill afterwards, but up until that, I mostly liked it.

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