Imperial Formosa

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This is my first attempt at oolong… and I feel I should try again in the future.

I think overall it’s too dark for me, and I seem to be tending toward lighter teas (in both color and flavor). It tasted like black tea with a spicy aftertaste. Is spicy the word? Maybe it’s the woodsy, cedar-like taste. I can’t knock it too hard, though. By the end I was looking forward to that aftertaste. Gave it a little kick.

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A long and tiring day. Going for a golden moon sample of oolong.

It seems a bit watery, and I can’t really taste much of a flavor. Maybe the water wasn’t hot enough when I put it in… but the color is rather dark.

When I do get a good sense of the flavor, it tastes awesome. It’s a little nutty, with a flavor very similar to a typical black tea taste, but lighter. It’s so very relaxing and calming, and hopefully it will be enough caffeine to help me get through finishing the last bits of my homework.

I will definitely try a second infusion, but this may very well be a tea I’d want to buy again.

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139 tasting notes

A very nice oolong! I like the orange sweetness. First two infusions were outstanding.
The third was a bit weak, but still pleasant.

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308 tasting notes

Another Golden Moon sample. This is a darker oolong (more up my alley than the light ones). It brews up to a nice amber color. Tastes ok with some floral notes and a light malty finish. I agree with teaplz that it has a high astringency and it leaves you with a dry mouth feel. It’s nice but I probably won’t order more.

Lowering my rating on this because the more I drank, the less I liked it and about 1/2 way though, I poured it out.

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I was in the mood for something oolong so I gave this one a try from my sampler.

The leaves them self have a very nice and pronounced nutty and fruity smell . Resulting infusion is a light golden-yellow liquor that has a nice nutty, fruity and slightly smokey and earthy smell. The taste is quite the same, Mostly nutty with notes of fruitiness and earthiness and also lightly smokey and astringent. I really liked the nutty taste that this tea has and going to be sure get more

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154 tasting notes

Brewed 5 min. No additives. Hot.
This is a very dark fermented oolong. The flavor comes very close to being a light black tea but it still holds on to the roundness of an oolong without the tannin taste.
I have gotten 4 good infusions per tsp.
It has a good, woody sweetness.

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