Bao Zhong

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Bao Zhong is lightly oxidized oolong that exhibits characteristics of green tea and oolong tea. The long, twisted emerald colored tealeaves provide a fresh, clear green and delicate infusion with fresh flowery notes of lilac and lily. Bao Zhong is a Taiwanese specialty oolong with wide appeal.

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4843 tasting notes

A really lovely Oolong – sweet and floral, but with enough of a vegetative tone to it to keep it from tasting too flowery. Fantastic aroma to this tea… I can’t seem to stop holding the cup up to my nose just to sniff it… it’s intoxicating.

Lovely, soft, delicious … it is familiar, and yet quite different. I like it.

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62 tasting notes

I wasn’t blown away by this tea simply because I’ve not gotten into greens much. Beautifiul gold color and nice floral aroma. The drink was like fresh cut grass-wet grass,very green. There was a crisp water chesnut tone in there with a melon sweetness as well. I think the floral was more smell than taste. The astringency was low, but enough to make it not shine for me. By the third steep it had lost alot and only had simpler oolong notes to remain. Even though less grassy is a plus for me I opted to move on to another oolong so I can crank out another note this morn.

This is the third weekend that I skipped a night’s sleep due to the third shift adjustment to first shift for the weekend. This forty year old body is not digging it.

So I talked to Incindiare earlier and she reminded me of my heavy metal background as a yoot(youth). So I blew the dust off of some old grunge for this tasting. Not metal, but as close as I can get at 5:00am with no sleep.

tune-Alice In Chains=Love,Hate,Love/Nutshell Mad Season=Long Gone Day Pearl Jam=Garden/Release Soundgarden=Gun/4th Of July/ Nirvana unplugged=Where Did You Sleep Last Night

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

nice review! Also love your taste in music, oh! Alice, Pearl, Soundgarden and Nirvana, bring them back memories! Still listening to them from time to time! I remember when I first saw that MTV unplugged Nirvana concert and how Kurt Cobain’s sensitivity had touched me…miss him.


Yes good tastes.. Unplugged is still one of my favorite albums.


Lol I have been playing guitar for somewhere around 14 or 15 years :) Soundgarden is probably my favorite band, or more accurately, Chris Cornell is probably my favorite guitarist! Complex, challenging, yet still ‘grungy.’ Oh and he’s great with alternate tunings(which is probably the biggest influence I’ve picked up from him!)
Btw, hybrid is something I’ve used in all my Internet/gaming names since linkin parks hybrid theory came out, and has nothing to do with hybrid cars! Too bad lp sold out, I can’t listen to anything they have done since meteora :(

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You’re missing out if you stopped listening after Meteora. Minutes to Midnight is probably one of the best nu-metal albums ever released.


I’ll respectfully disagree, after the fort minor side project, the whole rap rock synergy was lost. Of course it’s a difference of opinion, let’s just say that my sis was never really a rock listener, but lp was something her and I could always listen to together. She feels the same as I do. No big deal though, I understand that they probably appeal to a much wider audience now and are able to make more money. If I were ever in a big time band I would probably do the same thing, but as an old school lp style fan, I can’t listen to the new stuff. And I tried with the cd after meteora which I think was mtmn, there were only two songs I liked, and personally I won’t listen to a cd where 2 of 12-16 are songs I like. Again, not bashing your opinion at all, just wanted to give an explanation for mine :) With meteora and hybrid theory I could listen through the whole albumn, maybe 2 or 3 songs between the two I didn’t care for. But what can I say, things look a lot different after you have been playing guitar for a while. I always say that I loved nirvana until I started playing! Lol I feel that may prompt a big response :(

As for tea, I would recommend The Formosa classic dong ding dark roast from aurateas. It has a nice fruity type flavor that kinda reminds me of a dancong oolong! I’ve only taken it to maybe 10 steeps, so there could possibly be some vegetal/floral flavors I haven’t picked up on yet. I am not a floral/vegetal fan, so a dark roast dong ding may be something you may like :)

Btw I have somewhere between 16-19 guitar tracks up on YouTube, I could pm the link if anyone would want to check them out(feel bad enough I diverted so much from tea I’d rather not do it publicly)

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41 tasting notes

I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. Very nice Taiwanese Oolong with vibrant notes of lilac and fresh greens. Great for multiple steepings. A great tea for the price, and although it does not have many of the other-worldly qualities that some of the highest quality Tieguanyin’s have, it is still a very nice and floral tea. I would compare it most to Rishi’s Jade Oolong. Wonderful!

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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6768 tasting notes

Smells and tastes like a combo of lilacs, vanilla, green veggies, and butter. Very interesting! Very clean! Quite good, indeed!

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69 tasting notes

Greenish yellow liquor smells fruity (melon?), with lilacs and a hint of wet grass. Creamy mouth feel. Tastes mildly sweet, vanilla, butter, rice with a floral aftertaste (lilacs again). Very little astringency and a hint of bitterness. Later steepings are grassier and less aromatic.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

Pouchongs retain a top spot in my lineup, as their low oxidation yields delicate flavors, uncluttered with the metallic after-qualities that darker teas can bring. This is a lovely tea with distinctly floral qualities. Rishi cites orchid and lilac. I’ve never smelled scented orchids, but this falls in line with other so-called orchid oolongs. Other florals are hinted, sans the headiness of actual lilacs.

It’s flavor is well worth exploring if you lean towards nuttier, pan-fired Chinese greens (e.g. Dragonwell, Melon Seed) — as opposed to grassier, velvety Japanese varieties (Sencha, Gyokuro). It’s nutty, green qualities are muted and rounded out on the first one or two brewings. Subsequent brewings bring out more vegetative aspects and heighten the florals in my trials. It’s here that a bit of “iron” comes in.

This is my 7th day with this tea, and I’m still experimenting with different temps and times (and oolongs/pouchongs in general), so it’s hard to recommend specifics.

Flavors: Orchid

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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24 tasting notes

Great tea! lots of steepings Great Value!

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11 tasting notes

The floral aroma and flavor remind me of a bouquet of spring flowers. Leaves are lightly oxidized and very pleasant to watch as they unfurl. This tea seems like an intermediary between a green and an oolong instead of passing as a “true” oolong. After a quick rinse in my gaiwan, I can get between 5-6 steepings before the flavor begins to fade. A keeper.

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62 tasting notes

This tea has really grown on me. The first couple of brews you get a beautiful yellow liquor with a slightly flowery aroma. Sweet, light-tasting, and delicate with a pleasant aftertaste. I have only been able to get about three good infusions out of the tea though.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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31 tasting notes

It’s a solid oolong, but I’m just… not a fan. Something about the flavor is “murky”.

205 °F / 96 °C

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