Golden Lily

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Oolong Tea
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Kosher, Organic, Vegan
Edit tea info Last updated by Roswell Strange
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190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Sweet meets creamy vanilla in this delicate & uplifting milky organic oolong tea from Northern Thailand. Grown and hand-picked in the lush forested region of Chiang Rai, this rare and lightly oxidized oolong boasts a light floral aroma of sweet peas & apricots, and is prized for its luxuriously creamy notes. Re-steep it multiple times and discover how new flavours begin to shine through your cup.

How it tastes
Creamy and delicate, with the light floral aroma of sweet pea blossoms and apricot

What makes it great
This hand-picked organic oolong is made from the Jin Shuan (aka milk oolong) cultivar, which is prized for its luxuriously creamy notes.

This green-leaf oolong is lightly oxidized, so it’s more delicate, floral and fresh in flavour.

Re-steep it multiple times “Gong fu style” and discover how the flavours develop.

About DAVIDsTEA View company

DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.

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A strong win for me two days in a row on this calendar, and I’m quite pleased! This tea was a hit with me and with my partner, who took the rest of the leaf for a couple mugs of his own. We each steeped twice. I love that this is a mild vegetal flavor with no bitterness and a hint of something toasty. Both rounds were lovely, though the second was perhaps even lighter. I wouldn’t call it floral – that was something that genuinely surprised me in the description – but certainly fresh, and smooth as well. We’ll need to grab more of this.

DAVIDsTEA Around the World Advent, Day 8

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I’m actually surprised on how roasted this oolong smells. I guess I was expecting something more floral or grassy given how green this is, so I am surprised.

Sadly roasted is a flavor that doesn’t seem to agree with me and I am having a lot of problems discerning any flavors other than roasted.

Its not bad, but I don’t really see myself choosing this over other teas I enjoy more.

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I normally love oolong but honestly I can’t taste anything with this one. It has 0 flavor for me and I’m honestly disappointed but glad i used my frequent steeper points for it.

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Sipdown 8-2021
I have a nice sipdown momentum going today! I actually may consider using a redemption to get this again (if it’s still available), but I’m not in any rush to restock.

Cameron B.

Sipdown! Sipdown! (waves pom-poms)

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2021 Sipdown 61/365!
(DavidsTea already recorded)

Really liked this bag of Golden Lily, but as I remarked in a previous post, the more recent batch wasn’t as creamy and didn’t quite fit my preferences as well. I’d probably still get 50g with frequent steeper points, though!

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2.5 tsp for 400mL water @90C, steeped four minutes Western-style.

First, I have too much leaf here. Second, the water temp is too damn hot. I’ve got scalded and bitter tea here. Bleah.

Still, I can taste a ghost of the lovely sample I tried at a DavidsTea yesterday, which was between a quangzhou milk and a tieguanyin. The DT staff tell me it stands up to multiple steeps and gets more floral with each re-steep.

Okay, as it cools, it’s improving. Definitely gonna use water at 85C next time. Can’t wait to try it gongfu.

This is a pricy tea almost $16 for 50 grams, but I think it’s well worth trying if you’re a fan of milky and floral oolongs.

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Adventaggedon Day Eight – 1/5

Grandpa style!

Today started really rough for me following a very late night, so this was what I made right when I got to the office in the barely five minutes I had before having to jump straight into a really early morning call. I tossed entirely too many leaves into this mug because I always have such a hard time guaging the right amount of leaf for grandpa style steeping when it comes to ball rolled oolongs.

The resulting cup was thick and punchy with biting floral notes and much, much more astringency than it typical of this tea. I would be lying to call it pleasant, but I also know that I suuuuppppeerrrr overshot the amount of tea I was steeping. The plus side was that it felt like a massive surge of caffeine and boy oh boy did I really need it. I spent most of the day feeling like I was sinking (just from the lack of sleep) so anything to give me some energy was heavily welcomed.

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Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.


There’s nothing worse than trying to function on practically no sleep. Hope you’ve managed to catch some z’s!

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