Rare Orchid Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea Leaves
Floral, Honey, Melon, Butter, Cocoa, Flowers, Malt, Vanilla, Orchids, Stonefruits, Asparagus
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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 10 oz / 292 ml

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  • “This was a very strong floral tea. I was worred this tea might be too fruity tasting for me, but did not find this to be the case. This is one of my new favorites.” Read full tasting note
  • “Not bad. I don’t think I like oolong too much in general because of the floral taste. This one is not too strong though, so it’s alright. Nice, mellow, warm… but not something I would need more of.” Read full tasting note
  • “(1st steep: 4 min) There is a nice floral aroma to this tea that makes me glad I saved it for an end of the work day tea. There are some subtle fruit notes in this tea. I want to say it is close to...” Read full tasting note
  • “I got this in one of the Stepster select boxes and I thought it was supposed to be a wuyi oolong for some reason so I steeped it up in my xiying I have dedicated for wuyi oolongs. Whoops, I was...” Read full tasting note

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Rare Orchid Oolong from Tea Source
Fujian, China
Made from the little known Qi Lan Cultivar, this rare, regional oolong from Wuyi mountain is grown at over 1000 meters. You’ll have many opportunities to savor this unroasted Wuyi tea as the large twisted leaves hold up to many resteeps.

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25 Tasting Notes

650 tasting notes

I really need to have more oolong, it’s becoming one of my faves. This one is from the Steepster Select box. It has a sweet, floral scent I can’t quite place. The flavour is honey, mildly fruity, and some orchid. I rather like it.

I’ll have to try it again when I’m not having oatmeal.

Flavors: Honey, Orchids

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

Ooooo! I’m going to have to get this one. I just picked up their Rhubarb oolong the other day and am blending it with the strawberry oolong and cold brewing it


Mmm, that sounds delicious!


Looking forward to reading that review! I’ve never blended my Butiki teas but it sounds like a great idea!

Lariel of Lórien

There is such thing as Rhubarb oolong?

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17 tasting notes

This was very delicious! It had a sweet finish as well as smokey floral notes. I was very pleased with this tea. Will buy more!

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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58 tasting notes

Rare Orchid Oolong is quite the experience. Because of it’s ability to re-steep, this oolong continues surprising long after its first infusion. It is distinctly floral with mentionable sweet undertones. The flavor evolves as it is re-steeped, certainly a great investment for those who like exploratory teas and flavors!

Flavors: Honey, Orchids

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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108 tasting notes

Lovely—if I don’t rate it at the tippy top, it’s because I try to rate my teas in such a way as to make it easier to know which ones to buy again, so my favorite gets 100, and the next 99 and so on. Of the Oolongs I’ve tried, the only ones I liked as much or more were Sweet Silk, Big Red Robe—and my favorite tea of any I’ve tried—Oriental Beauty. Rare Orchid I’d definitely order again. It’s honeyed, silky smooth and fruity, but in subtle very drinkable ways that aren’t overwhelming. That’s just with the first steeping, I haven’t had a chance to try others—but it’s wonderful right from the top.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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14 tasting notes

From my Steepster Select box March 2014. You’re gonna hate me for saying this, but all oolongs taste alike to me. WELL…all GOOD oolongs taste alike to me. I don’t notice a difference between this guy and the Iron Goddess we sell at Tea Hugger. Mayhaps the Fuijan Provence is steady in its water/soil quality so teas out of that region are similar. Mayhaps tea is complicated. Mayhaps I should have tasted our Iron Goddess side by side with this little Orchid. (Though “should” is the dirtiest of dirty words there is, y’know.)

Anyway, my tips are:
Don’t oversteep
Add a sprinkle of sugar to bring out the sweetness of the leaves

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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4 tasting notes

This was my favorite in the March 2014 ship of Steepster Select. My husband agreed – it really did live up to the tasting note it came with: “Silky mouthfeel with fruit and honey overtones.” Wow! The instructions said it can be steeped up to 5 times, but I thought it lost all the flavor by the 4th brew. But still, it had a lot of flavor.

Flavors: Honey, Stonefruits

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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129 tasting notes

What a lush and decadent tea
This feels like silk in your mouth and the fragrance
of the tea when your are drinking it is a subtle, floral, Heaven .
This has a divine, but not overpowering fruity flavor
with hints of honey.
The entire experience of my nose in the teacup inhaling deep & slow…
to holding the liquor in my mouth savoring each mouthful,
is delicate, yet intoxicating.
This is a Truly Exceptional tea.
Highest recommendation ;-)

2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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294 tasting notes

Whoa! This rivaled my favorite oolong teas and really opened me up to something new and worthwhile! There were so many layers to this tea, it took me through quite a journey through 5 steepings! I brewed it gongfu cha style in a gaiwan for 1:30, adding 30 seconds each additional steeping. The aroma overall is of vanilla and a really sweet dewy floral. There are forest notes in there as well.

Steeping notes:
1. Floral and nectar tastes dominated the brew and it ended in a fruity peach or nectarine taste that lingered quite a while.
2. Now the overall flavor is of honey, a slight vanilla hint and with a slight astringency
3. More of the nectar flavor, lighter and sweeter than any of the steepings before with a hint of fruit flavor and a dry finish.
4. Even sweeter now and very mellow! There’s a lingering aftertaste like cantaloupe.
5. Sweet all around, toasted sugar and nuts.

This tea is simply wonderful. The diverse bouquet of scents and flavors is just tantalizing. There was so much diversity from one steeping to the next, and though the only downside in my opinion was the slight astringency in a few of the brews, overall this tea was very enjoyable and very unique.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

What a lovely tea~ sipping it now!

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7 tasting notes

I don’t enjoy most oolongs and hate the charcoal taste that most of them have when they’re inexplicably roasted. This one, however, isn’t roasted and retains wonderful flavors and aromas, even when steeped for a 3rd and 4th time.

Flavors: Asparagus, Malt

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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3283 tasting notes

Nothing new to share. I enjoyed this one during the early evening. It was my reward for the official ‘start’ of this year’s garden. I inventoried all of my seeds, took a garden walk while making a to-do list, & then picked one thing to do, which was pruning my apricot tree, & I did it. I feel pretty good!


Apricot tree…nice :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to start my blog up again, Terri’s Airy Fairie World, hahaha. I have posted anything there for months, even though my goal was to keep a weekly blog of my various loves: gardening, tea, food, & music. The Apricot is on the verge of blooming, & it’s beauty should be shared, without a doubt!

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