Orchid Oolong (Imperial Republic)

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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Fragrant orchids complement this rare, high grown Formosan oolong. Renowned for its well-balanced flavor and dramatic floral presence. Carefully selected oolong leaves are full of essential oils for a refreshing flavor and floral finish.

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The Republic of Tea is a progressive and socially conscious business recognized for being the leading purveyor of more than 200 premium teas and herbs, ready-to-drink iced teas and more. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a tea revolution in America with the purpose of enriching people’s lives through the experience of premium teas and a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.

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I can’t believe how long I’ve had this… no wonder the leaves don’t look as pretty anymore. Probably a little softer than I’d prefer but I didn’t think to increase the leaf since I didn’t realize it was as old as it is.

Again, this is soft. Light and floral but not perfume/flowery. More like… a silk oolong lite. That same high sweetness, just not as intense. This isn’t something I need in my cupboard all the time, but once this little tin goes away, I’m sure I’ll eventually pick up more.

ETA: You know, for something ‘imperial’, the expanded leaves sure look liked they’ve been chewed on.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I don’t know if this one is available anymore. I give it the honor of being my favorite tea that I’ve ever bought. I’ve long sought an oolong to replace this one. It is very buttery, as the other reviewer said. I’m terrible at describing flavors unfortunately, so I can’t illuminate this too much.


I have been getting into RoT’s selection recently, and was desperately seeking out this one. It sounds really good. I have yet to try any of the Imperial Republic line teas, as they are only made in limited quantities (these teas are made in conjunction with San Francisco’s Imperial Tea Court), and while doing some research I have discovered that all of the teas featured in that collection over the years are actually available year-long on Imperial Tea Court’s website. Since you were one of the two people who had reviewed this tea, I wanted to let you know what I had found. I believe this is the exact same blend. I am very excited to try it. Their website is:
Just wanted to share what I learned with someone who also appreciates a good oolong tea.


It seems the original Orchid Oolong was made with Formosan oolong tea, and they have now “refined” it, using Tie Guan Yin oolong. I’m going to order a sample-size to try it out. I’d be curious to see if you find it similar to the original. Please give an update if you do try it.


Hey, thanks for the link! The selection looks very intriguing and I will likely order a sample of one of those oolongs. If they are anything like the orchid oolong, I will be in for a treat. I’ll keep you updated. Let me know if you come across anything good tea-wise, of any sort.

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