Taiwanese Orchid Oolong

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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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  • “You’ve GOT to be kidding me! This is SO UNIQUE…I don’t even know where to begin! It’s smooth but it’s sweet…it’s sweet but it’s creamy! It’s creamy but it’s candy-like! It’s floral but it’s NOT...” Read full tasting note
  • “Wow, what a great way to start off my weekend: I was digging through my room, looking for my iPod, and I found this sample mixed in with some Classic Rock CDs. I don’t know how it got there, but...” Read full tasting note
  • “Once upon a time Verdant sold this tea, and I bought a oolong sampler than included it. That was ages ago! I found the remainder of this sample kicking around the back of my tea drawer and decided...” Read full tasting note
  • “I tried cold brewing this last night and at first I liked it better but I still can’t quite dig the aftertaste. If anyone wants to swap please let me know. I’ll probably end up blending it with...” Read full tasting note

From Verdant Tea

The raw material for this scented tea comes from Dong Ding, the most famous of the tea growing regions of Taiwan. The leaves are allowed to sit with orchid flowers as they dry, absorbing the floral aroma. They are then hand-rolled and finished. The tea builds over each sip to a strong, almost candy-like quality with the creamy floral quality of any great green oolong.

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Thank you to Amy Oh for a sample of this tea. I had been wanting to try this tea for the longest time. It just sounded too delicious to pass up! I ADORE oolongs. They have to be my favorite tea. I’m a bit disappointed with this one, though. The tea is too smelly for my tastes. It smells like that stinky grass that lingers on your fingers after you pull it out of the ground. I just can’t stand it. I suppose that it’s the orchid that I’m not liking. The slight sweetness is nice, but the orchid is just killing me. I thought that I would like orchid much more, but I think that this is one more thing I should add to my ‘dislikes’. I can’t get more than a few sips down.


I’m actually kind of glad someone else thought it was icky… :)


Amy, I completely know what you mean! I am so thankful that I got to try this tea, so thank you again. I just didn’t know that I would dislike orchid so much. The scent.. the taste… I can’t even think about it! ;)


I feel so bad! But maybe you can swap the rest to someone else!


If you have any left I would be interested in swapping! (My cupboard is not up to date but I can let you know what I’ve got if you’re interested – mostly unflavored green, black, oolong, and some puerh)

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I got this one as part of my Black Friday/birthday tea order and after reading all of the glowing reviews decided to save it for my birthday (instead of including it in the massive tea-drinking binge that usually follows a tea order).

Oh…..wow. I was not prepared for how incredibly awesome this tea would be! It might have just snagged the spot for my favorite tea ever, and I am not usually the type to have an absolute favorite (can’t leave any tea out, you know) Flowery, sweet, nutty, yummy…and I think I might have oversteeped it but it didn’t hurt it at all.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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After sampling a new medium roast Oolong that I found only so-so, I turned to this sumptuous and complex tea. The orchid is not overwhelming or even fundamental to my enjoyment. What captivates me is the lingering sweetness and a fine anise seed taste mixed with a lemony tang. A singular tea-drinking experience!

David Duckler

Thanks Triumph!
I agree with your take on this tea- the first time that I tried it, they didn’t tell me about the orchid scenting, and I was completely captivated by that anise sweetness. It still gets me every time. This is a good reminder to go back and flesh out the description for this tea.

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This tea is totally insane. At first sip it tastes like a good, standard, par-for-the-course green oolong. Then you swallow, and BAM! Candy sweetness in the back of your mouth and across the tongue. It’s not even specifically floral-tasting, just…clean and sweet. VERY sweet.

Love this tea.

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59 tasting notes

Take note of the description: “almost candy-like.” What an understatement!

This tea really does taste like you’re sucking on a delicious sweet piece of hard candy. And even more fun, the real heart of the flavors lies mostly in the aftertaste, building and building over time, blossoming up from your throat and the back of your tongue. Candy sweetness, orchid, lots of yummy brown sugar. What a treat! It’s hard to believe you’re not racking up calorie points as you sip this.

This is a sure favorite “traditional” tea for anyone who usually lingers by heavily-flavored only. A sure-fire winner at any little girl’s tea party, even if those girls are now all grown up. Feminine, clean and refined, without having any of the choking/heavy floral dustiness of grandma’s old perfumes. And the flavor really stays with the tea throughout multiple steepings.

This tea is very yummy iced, too. No one will believe there’s not a trace of sugar added to your brew. Just add some leaves to a pitcher or tupperware, fill with cold water, and let them sit over-night. Pour yourself a glass in the morning, and go relax in the hammock on your summer porch.

Definitely fun for anyone to try; guaranteed to please!

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141 tasting notes

The sweetness comes on at the end of the sip and just stays there, which I like. Quite an interesting tea, but I just can’t dig the orchid.

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Autumn Hearth

Do you happen to have any left? I only stumbled across this tea on Steepster the other day and it’s no longer available from Verdant anymore. I would love to have a chance to try it, even a teaspoon. Feel free to check out my cupboard if you are willing/able to swap (I also have several other Verdant Teas in sample sizes)


So sorry Autumn, I gifted the last bit to DJBooth.

Autumn Hearth

Not a problem, funny I inquired with him since he’s local, but I know he liked it and Angrboda offered the rest of hers. Thanks forgetting back to me though.

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