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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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
  • “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.” Read full tasting note
  • “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...” Read full tasting note
  • “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...” Read full tasting note

From Twinings

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

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I used to live in China and am addicted to oolong teas. I was concerned that the pack didn’t say what type of oolong it was – tieguanyin, jade, oriental beauty etc, but I thought I’d try it any way as it was cheap. Unfortunately to me, it tasted like it had been stored badly – it had a slightly dusty, damp flavour. It became bitter after 3minutes of infusion. I wouldn’t recommend this tea if you like oolongs, there are better options out there, even if you have to pay a little more.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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16 tasting notes

I love oolong tea, but this one is pretty weak. I need at least two teabags and even then it’s weakish. I like subtle, but this falls a little flat for me; disappointing, given that Twinings has a pretty good reputation.

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57 tasting notes

Pretty nice. Twinnings is usually a good go-to brand of teas for me, and I did enjoy it enough to finish the box off in relatively short order. A little on the light side, with not as much ‘oolong’ flavor as I’m used to, although the flavor is there. But I think I’ll stick to the cheap Golden Sail brand Oolong tea I get at the Eastern Arts store in the mall when it comes to this particular variety of tea.

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87 tasting notes

This reminds me more of a low-grade unspecified black tea than an actual oolong. Tolerable with enough honey, but otherwise unremarkable.

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36 tasting notes

Nice and sweet. Bitter a bit but that’s what makes it taste so good ;)

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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16 tasting notes

It’s a good tea, and i usually like it, but for some reason, i didn’t really care for the aftertaste.

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71 tasting notes

Pleasantly light oolong flavor. Nicely bitter aftertaste.

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22 tasting notes

I bought this along with the Twinnings Darjeeling. I actually can’t tell the difference between the two, except that the Oolong degrades faster after infusions.
To echo others: it doesn’t have much of a punch. The aroma is weak.
This is a so-so tea; I wouldn’t buy it again.

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34 tasting notes

Decent cuppa, reminds me of a smoky green without the vegetal notes.

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7 tasting notes

Five minutes of steepage isn’t doing justice for this tea, right off the bat. It doesn’t have a strong aroma… I need to put my nose quite close to my cup to catch its scent at all, really. The smell is subtle, roasty, and earthy… I wish it was stronger. I am reminded of brown rice cooking… that sort of nutty warmth.
Tastes much the way it smells. Seven minutes is what I would estimate the optimum steeping time. At five minutes it still tastes kind of watery.
I feel as if I should be eating steamed veggies to accompany this mug of tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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