China Oolong

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Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea
Bitter, Citrus Fruits, Molasses, Nutty, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Oolong tea has a very long and rich history. Its origins are said to go back over 1000 years to the Beiyun region in the Fujian Province in China. Unlike Black teas that are fully oxidized or Green teas that undergo no oxidation, Oolong is formed through a special technique that results in the tea’s partial oxidation. After withering, the tea is placed in muslin sacks and gently rolled. This bruises the leaf slightly, causing some oxidation to occur. This is repeated several times until the tea leaf turns darker green or reddish in appearance. Our Pure Oolong tea is golden in colour with a warm, toasty taste.

To savour the full flavour of our teas, bring water to boil, and pour over the tea as soon as it reaches boiling. Over-boiling will cause oxygen to be reduced, making the tea taste “flat”. Brew 3 minutes or to desired taste.

*We do not recommend using a microwave to boil your cup of water.

Ingredients: Fine Oolong tea expertly selected from the Fujian province, China

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35 Tasting Notes

1230 tasting notes

I was browsing my cruise ship’s tea selection and this Twinnings Oolong was one of them. I drank it once, and brought a few bags home. It was was weird light grey brown colour, very unlike other oolongs. Reading the back, I was hoping this was a big robe or something, but turned out, well, not tasting like any other oolong out there.

I’m not sure exactly what I drank. I totally gagged, this oolong is terrible. Super bitter, flat and dirty towel taste going on. If I drank this oolong first, I’d probably not want to try other oolongs again. Just yeah. Don’t.


bleh, as an Oolong lover I am with you !


I have never tried a (bagged) Twinings tea I have liked. I will keep looking, but won’t even attempt this one after reading this review…


I really had to play with the time and temp to find an enjoyable spot.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

(Throws the free twinnings sample away)

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540 tasting notes

Not my cup of tea either, honestly this one was just bitter and taste like asparagus, I have one more of these Twining’s samples to try perhaps I’ll like it.


I had to use cooler water and a short steep to drink this one. Of course there are far better choices out there.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Wow, is it 1 only because you couldn’t get it to zero?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

lol, couldn’t get to zero

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123 tasting notes

Bought this out of curiosity after having my mind blown by Amethyst. Having it with a dash of half-and-half.

I can taste a bit of spinachy oolong, but it’s pretty timid. Not bad and I would drink it in a pinch but I think I’m already spoiled and will not buy this again when it’s gone unless it’s the only oolong I can find.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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141 tasting notes

Tastes like dried spinach – too vegetal for me. I added some cream and honey, which helped, but it still wasn’t very good. One of the few Twinings teas I don’t like. On the bright side, better than Lipton or Tetley.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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123 tasting notes

This is a sorry oolong and a terrible way for someone to be introduced to oolong tea. First off Twinings is probably confusing people and making oolong seem like a specific pure tea when its actually just a way of processing the leaf. It isn’t terrible and I would drink it over Lipton (but that isn’t saying much at all). It reminds me of tea from a basic Chinese restaurant, if you got some greasy food it will compliment that nicely with its hints of dust and generic tea taste. Teabags simply can’t do oolongs.


Even when all my tea came from teabags, I had trouble with this one. I had to use cooler water and a relatively short (for teabags) steep. And you are right, this and similar teabags were my introduction to oolong. When I got my first loose tiguanyin I thought something was wrong with it :)

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12 tasting notes

Well bought a box of this in bags to try it out. Either I am not brewing it correctly or its too light of a tea for me because I couldnt taste any flavor. I will keep in on hand for friends who dont like strong tea.


Likewise, I’m drinking a cup now but I can’t taste anything other than hot water!


I tried it one more time only this time using two bags and hotter water….got some flavor but it wasnt worth the trouble, guess Im just not a Oolong type of gal

John Grebe

Oolong is supposed to be a lighter tea than black tea. If you want it stronger try brewing it with 2 teabags per cup instead of one.

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254 tasting notes

Teabag time!

The aroma is slightly smokey, slightly sweet, but very subtle and light. Annoyingly subtle and light, actually.

The flavor is very weak, with a slight astringency. It is a very subtle smokey green taste.

It is indeed delicate, but also leaves too little to the imagination. I would say it is stronger than most run of the mill teabag teas, but not strong enough for a proper oolong.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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3 tasting notes

As far as tea bags go, this one is not THAT bad.

I have always been a fan of Twinings before moving to my more rewarding loose-leaf tea days. Steeping just below boiling point and for 5 minutes, I can honestly say that it is decent. Yet, I am reluctant to go much farther than that. Where it is lacking is obviously in strength and subsequent flavor. I just cannot draw a lot out of it. With a lot of sugar, though, and that is perhaps the sad part, I can get my fix. Assuming that is a basic formosa oolong, it has a fine light coppery/murky liquor and and carries with it the usual toasty notes. Other than that, nothing unique about it.

For me, this is more of a go-to tea when I am home from college and do not have anything fancy to sip on. It gets me through.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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120 tasting notes

After the more intense blacks so far today, this is light, delicate, and almost fragile in comparison. What a contrast!

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56 tasting notes

brewed in 8 oz water for 1 minute. :/ tastes nothing like oolong. tastes like really cheap crappy tea bag tea.


Twinings is possibly not for you as yet or ever. sorry.

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