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  • “If this is truly unflavored—supposedly there’s still some deception about that in the milk oolong marketplace (and I don’t mean to potentially libel Joy’s AT ALL either; it’s altogether possible...” Read full tasting note

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The term “Milk Oolong” comes to mind, but there is no actual milk added to these leaves. Mother Nature just rocks that way!

Milk oolongs are one of those teas that have a number of inaccuracies written about them on the internet and we are here to set the record straight. While many “milk oolongs” have had artificial flavorings added to them, this Jin Xuan is naturally creamy and buttery based solely on the processing of the harvested leaves. The leaves themselves show a variety of green tones and are tightly hand rolled. The aroma, however, is very different from any other Taiwanese oolong you may have smelled. Rich, buttery and naturally sweet you will not be disappointed with the smoothness of the cup and the buttery yellow liquor these leave produce.

This tea is ideal for 3+ infusions. Steep at 195-200 to enhance the milky notes. Steep at 200-210 for more floral notes. The steeping time and temperatures below are simply a starting point for brewing and we recommend that you adjust those specs to suit your palate!

This tea has been harvested from the YiPingChun tea garden in Nantou, Taiwan (1500m above sea level). The Tea Master for this garden is Zhi Xing Chen. YiPingChun is approximately 35 hectares and began producing top quality Taiwanese oolongs in 2010.

Origins: Taiwan
Serving Amount: 1 tsp./8 oz. serving
Temperature: 195-210 degrees
Steep Time: 1st Steep – 1 minute, 2nd Steep – 45 seconds, 3rd Steeping – 1 minute/15 seconds
Serving Size: 1 oz. of tea will provide 12-15 single cup servings
Sourcing: Direct from Grower
Harvest Date: April/May 2012

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If this is truly unflavored—supposedly there’s still some deception about that in the milk oolong marketplace (and I don’t mean to potentially libel Joy’s AT ALL either; it’s altogether possible often resellers aren’t aware)—I’m quite impressed. This is the milkiest natural/unflavored milk oolong I’ve tried. I did 3x resteep side-by-sides of this and their (flavored) Milk Oolong and they had equal levels of milk flavor, just different overall profiles (IIRC one was more floral, letting the oolong’s greenness shine through). So far, this is my favorite unflavored Milk Oolong. Yep.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

Wow, that’s saying a lot. Do you mind sharing your runners up? Just curious what else you’ve compared, as I’m always on the hunt for the world’s best milk oolong and haven’t tried this yet – it’s going on the list though!


As far as unflavored goes, I’ve tried Teavivre’s and Mandala’s. I’ve still got Yezi’s and Eco Cha’s to try. And I’ve had a couple Jin Xuans that weren’t light oolong or milky, which until recently I didn’t even know existed.


Thanks! I’ve never tried a flavored one, but Mandala’s is one of my top two along with Capital right now (haven’t tried Teavivre, Yezi or Eco Cha’s either). Most aren’t even worth drinking, but those two and also SerendipiTea (for the price) are great. Will definitely have to give this a try.

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