Ti Quan Yin Oolong with Fresh Ginger and Turkish Rose from Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Product Description:

Monkey-picked Tie Guan Yin oolong tea starts with a roasted-rice aroma and finishes with a fruity taste, blending beautifully with the refined Turkish rose and warm fresh ginger. These rolled leaves provide up to 4 infusions.

Taster’s Review:

Oh … WOW!  This tea is absolutely dreamy!  Like some sort of euphoric dream that’s been scented with roses and ginger and even a hint of smoke.  That’s not only what it smells like, it’s what it tastes like too!

It’s amazing!  The sip begins with an introduction from the rose.  It is a sweet and almost intoxicating rose flavor that is not bitter, it’s not even what I would consider to be sharp.  It is a distinct rose flavor, but, at the same time, it is unlike the rose flavors that I’ve experienced in teas before.

Shortly after your palate has become acquainted with the rose, a smooth yet smoky note from the Ti Quan Yin Oolong comes through and imparts its silky texture.  The smoky flavor is not at all off-putting, rather, it seems to unite perfectly with the rose and the ginger to create a complete flavor experience.

The ginger comes in next, and this is not a strong, peppery kind of ginger, but rather, an almost sweet note of warm spice.  It doesn’t taste hot or spicy, just mildly warm and enchanting.  The sip finishes with a slightly drying astringency, and the aftertaste lingers with the perfumed flavor of rose and whispers of ginger.

This tea is absolutely lovely.  Words cannot even begin to adequately describe just how lovely it truly is!  It is a tea that must be experienced to appreciate fully.  What a delight!

Honey Gold from East Pacific Tea Co.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  East Pacific Tea Co.

Product Description:

Travel far away to the Fujian Province of China. Our Honey Gold Tea steeps a nice amber color and releases a captivating orchid scent. Serves great chilled, and will impress any connoisseur.

Taster’s Review:

A lovely Oolong.

Just as the description above suggests, the aroma is indeed captivating with its flowery notes.  I can also detect a somewhat woody fragrance to it, with notes of earth lingering in the background.

The sip begins with a woody flavor – oak, perhaps? – and finishes with a sweet, honey-esque smoothness.  There are faint hints of smoke that weave in and out throughout the sip, and a stronger fruit note that is somewhat peach-like.  There is also the slightest whisper of flower in the sip that reminds me of the air in my gramma’s backyard when the honeysuckles were in bloom.

I have come to expect exceptional quality when it comes to East Pacific Tea Company and this Oolong is certainly exceptional.  The flavor is deliciously complex and contemplative, with an aroma that enchants the spirit.  And the best part when it comes to East Pacific Tea’s high-quality Oolong teas?  They product multiple infusions – stretching the value of this fine tea.  What a delight!

Little Black Dress Pink Grapefruit from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description

Teaquilibrium’s Pink Grapefruit is bold refreshing. The colorful combination of citrus and eucalyptus make LBD Pink Grapefruit delicious iced.

ingredients: oolong tea, apple pieces, carrot flakes, blackberry leaves, eucalyptus leaves, beetroot, hibiscus, lemon grass, natural flavor, freeze-dried tangerine pieces, orange slices.

Taster’s Review:

I’m really liking this blend!

After reading through the ingredients, I was a little worried about the combination of hibiscus and Oolong tea, I worried that the somewhat thick, syrupy nature of the hibiscus might interfere with the lovely texture of the Oolong, but, that didn’t happen here.  The hibiscus seems to do very little in this blend – thankfully – except for adding some color and perhaps a little tartness.

But the tartness in this case is quite welcome, because it compliments the tangy citrus flavors so well.  Even though there are several different components to this tea that contribute a citrus flavor, the dominant flavor is that of pink grapefruit. It is tart yet sweet and quite juicy tasting.

At first, I didn’t taste much of the eucalyptus in this, but as I continue to sip, I notice it slightly more.  It is still rather subtle.  It does add some definition to the grapefruit flavor, but, this definitely doesn’t taste like eucalyptus.  It tastes like grapefruit!

The Oolong flavor, by comparison, is a little muted.  Ordinarily, I might find fault with that, however, this is so remarkably tasty that its difficult to complain about the lack of Oolong taste.  This is definitely more of a tea for grapefruit lovers than it is for Oolong lovers, although Oolong lovers might find this a welcome departure from the usual.

Overall, I really enjoyed this cup.  Such a pleasant flavor that I find to be quite invigorating.  It has a very pleasing natural sweetness to it, so little to no additional sweetener is required, which is perfect for those of us who are trying to cut back on the sugar intake!  A great tea for an afternoon out with girlfriends!

Four Seasons from Tula Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Tula Teas

Product Description:

Si Ji Chun Wulong

Mr. Liu’s Garden

Dong Ding Mountain, Nantou, Taiwan
2010 Harvest

Our fantastically nuanced Four Seasons Oolong is from Dong Ding Mountain in Nantou, Taiwan. Four Seasons is a varietal developed in the 1980s.  This one was specially grown and handmade by a tea competition judge who is known for his tireless work in working with and developing new tea varietals that are naturally pest-resistant (to eliminate the use of pesticides) and adaptable to climate change.

Read more here

Taster’s Review:

The fragrance of the dry leaf is very enticing and beautiful.  It has a fantastic floral scent that reminds me a bit of a dew-drenched flower garden in the springtime just as the sun begins to warm the leaves and petals.  The aroma carries over to the brewed tea as well, making this a very inviting tea to sip.

And I am glad to accept that invitation, because this is truly a remarkable Oolong.  The flavor is delightfully complex with notes of creamy butter and flower, hints of vegetation and spice, and a delicious background of fruit-like flavors.

The sip begins softly with a whisper of creamy goodness, and then a sharp, sweet floral quality emerges.  All the while, I can taste the notes of crisp apple and a hint of plum.  The sip ends with a bit of cleansing astringency that leaves just enough of the spice notes and a tangy note of citrus on the palate to enjoy in the aftertaste.  It’s really a delicious cup.

This tea is aptly named, because all at once it has flavors that represent all four seasons:  Spring with its beautiful floral tones; Summer with a sweetness of sun-ripened fruit; autumn with a hint of nut and spice, and winter with its warm, comforting buttery notes.

I really enjoyed this Oolong.  Each infusion (I managed six from one measurement of leaves!) is very flavorful and unique in its own way, so please do yourself a favor and savor each infusion!  You’ll be happy you did!

Rou Gui (Cinnabar) Wu Yi Cliff Tea from Cloudwalker Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong (Cliff Tea)

Where to Buy:  Cloudwalker Teas

Product Description:

Cinnabar, or Rou Gui in Chinese, is another of our fine mother tree cliff teas. The long-lasting aroma of this tea has hints of exotic spices and scents from the depths of a honeycomb. The energy of Cinnabar is deep and penetrating and this tea can stand alone or be consumed after another enhancing the overall chi effect. This tea was hand picked, processed and packaged contributing to this intense energy. Like our other mother tree cliff teas, once our stock of this is gone, it may be gone for good!

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  This Oolong is SO good!

It is so different from any other Oolong I’ve tried.  I attribute the difference to the fact that this is a “cliff tea.”  I wasn’t too sure what that meant, so I visited the Cloudwalker Teas website to learn more.  This tea is grown in on the Wu Yi Mountain and is hand roasted.  Due to the processing and care that is put into this tea, it is exceptionally rare.

It is also exceptionally delicious!

The first thing I noticed about this tea is a profound spice tone to the cup.  It has a very exotic taste to it, like it’s been seasoned with the essence of warm spice (but it hasn’t!)  The next thing I notice is a deep sweetness to it, which is contrasted sharply with a sour note.  The complexity of this tea excites and invigorates the palate.

When I visited the Cloudwalker Teas website, I noticed that this tea is currently sold out.  I do recommend visiting the website regularly to learn when it might be back in stock, because this one is well worth the extra effort to obtain!  It’s one of those rare gems that you’ll want in your tea cupboard!

Tie Guan Yin Special Edition from Life in Teacup

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Life in Teacup

Product Description:

Traditional charcoal roast with Tie Guan Yin and Mao Xie.

Taster’s Review:

I adore Oolong teas, and this Tie Guan Yin is superb!

The leaves are dark, a result of charcoal roasting.  The roasting has imparted a delicious toasty flavor to the natural nutty tones of the Oolong.  The buttery flavor that is often a part of Oolong has become more of a caramel sweetness.  It’s almost like a dessert in a teacup!

The sip starts with with an introduction of the sweet yet savory roasted nut flavor which soon gives way to a hint of flower (almost honeysuckle-esque).  The caramel notes sit in the background, never becoming too prominent or overwhelming.  The mouthfeel here is light, much lighter than a very green Oolong would be, and not nearly as creamy.  A whisper of smoke weaves its way throughout the sip and remains through the aftertaste.

Overall the tea is bittersweet with the emphasis on sweet rather than on bitter.  There is a moderate amount of cleansing astringency at the finish.  In subsequent infusions, I noticed that the smoky flavor came through a little more – but it was never an overpowering presence.

It’s absolutely delicious and a must try for Oolong enthusiasts.

I love all the teas that I’ve tried thus far from Life in Teacup.  I love their philosophy too, which can be read on their homepage:

“We believe tea is a luxury of time, and not necessarily a luxury of money.”

I agree.  While some teas can be extraordinarily expensive, I like it when I find a company that offers delicious, high quality teas at an affordable price, such as Life in Teacup!

Mandarin Silk from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Tea Type: oolong Tea

Where To Buy:
The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

Direct link to this tea at their Shop:

Mandarin Silk

Product Description:

Ingredients
Organic Oolong Tea, Organic Lemon Myrtle, Marigold Petals, Natural Flavors * Characteristics Bold, Fragrant, Organic * Flavors Citrusy, Sweet * Caffeine Content Medium * Steep Temperature 195˚ * Steep Time 3-5 mins

Tasters Review:

Seriously…who ever came up with Mandarin Silk over at The Persimmon Tree Tea Company  is PURE GENIUS!  This flavored Oolong is an Awesome Pouchong – Marvy Myrtle – Smooth Vanilla – Citrus Finish – Incredible Aroma – Silky Smooth…mouth watering MASTER PIECE!

The flavor combo couldn’t be more perfect!  It has many of my favorites all wrapped-up into one amazing flavored tea!  This tea will forever have a place in my upper 90’s personal rating scale!  If any or all of these flavors intrigue you – you won’t want to miss this tea from The Persimmon Tree Tea Company!

I’ve said before and I will say it again…The Persimmon Tree Tea Company is one of those companies that I can see myself placing multiple orders thru and their selection of creative flavor combinations cannot be matched!  I really like this company and I adore this tea from them!!!

 

Almond Blossom Oolong Tea from Frontier Co-Op

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Frontier Co-Op

Product Description:

Bold-leafed Se Chung Chinese oolong blended with sliced almonds. Subtle, nutty almond flavor nuance combines with light smoky character of the oolong to yield delicious toasted notes.

Taster’s Review:

I reviewed this tea previously, and I think I like it now just as much as I liked it then, if not more!  It’s so tasty!  The sweet, nutty taste of almond melds so nicely with the natural fruit notes of the Oolong.

The Oolong base is a dark Se Chung Oolong – most Se Chung Oolong teas tend to be on the greener side, but this Se Chung looks and tastes as though it’s been charcoal fired because of its distinct smoky note.  The smoky note is not an overwhelming one, but it’s there.  I enjoy how the smoky undertones unite with the flavor of the almond – almost as if they were made for one another.

The almond flavor is sweet and nutty, but I can also taste a subtle bitter almond taste as well.  Overall a very pleasant cup of tea.

Oolong Royal Tea from Praise Tea

Tea Type: Oolong Tea

Where To Buy: Praise Tea

Product Description:

This enchanting oolong is softly flavored by the wonderful union of red aronia berries, bright mango cubes, passion fruit and dark red rose petals. A royal treat for even the finest of palettes.

Origin: Formosa (Taiwan)

Ingredients: Formosa Oolong, Mango, Aronia Berries, Rose Petals

Steeping Guidelines:
Water: 176°- 194°F | Use 1 Tsp per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 2 – 3 minutes

Infusion tips:
Use COLD filtered or spring water, whenever possible
Don’t over boil water, Don’t over steep tea
Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
*Vary time according to taste, & remember that steeping tea leaves beyond 3 minutes does not contribute to flavor, only bitterness.
If you want a stronger taste, use more tea leaves instead of steeping for a longer time

Tasters Review:

DRY – Oolong Royal Tea from Praise Tea looks like a woodsier Oolong mix.  The aroma is mostly oolong and mango.  I can tell there is a little something else fruity-wise too but it’s not really identifiable as berries or passionfruit.

Once infused the liquor is pretty dark for an oolong- much like a medium-brown colored black tea.  It smells slightly fruity and woodsy.

The taste is DARN GOOD.  It’s a smoother oolong taste with hints of sweeter-wood but the fruit notes pair up beside the oolong very well.  All of the fruit ingredients mesh well with each other and no one ingredient really barges in front of the others.

The rose hides out in the background and if I didn’t take the time to really notice it I probably would miss it.

Bai Hao Oolong from TeaVert

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  TeaVert

Product Description:

Bai Hao is one of most renowned oolong teas and has natural fruity aromas with notes of peaches that produce a sweet and spring honey tasting bright-reddish orange tea liquor.

Taster’s Review:

This Oolong brews to a beautiful, bright amber color that is pleasantly fragrant.  Smelling a little of flower and of fruit, with just a hint of smoke in the distance, this tea is begging me to take a sip!

The sip begins with a bright introduction of peach-like flavor with very subtle floral notes weaving throughout.  About mid-sip, the palate is enveloped with a smooth sweetness that is honey-like in flavor.  It is about this time that I notice that the light yet silky mouthfeel.

I don’t notice a tremendous amount of astringency with this cup, however, I do notice enough to mention it.  It seems to softly polish the palate.  The aftertaste is sweet with a savory whisper of tangy/sour taste.

A delightfully complex Oolong!  I love this!

Lingtou Dancong Oolong from Qing Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Qing Tea

Product Description:

Fenghuang Dancong wulong tea has a history of about 900 years. Nowadays there are still about 3000 tea bushes left of this kind that range from 200 up to 400 years old. Fenghuang Dancong wulong tea is named after a mountain in the northeast of Guangdong province. Like supreme tea plantations elsewhere, Fenghuang mountain also possesses all aspects necessary for producing great tea such as: high altitude, abundant rainfall, short periods of sunshine and diffused light.

Fenghuang Dancong is a typical Guangdong wulong tea, with a high degree of oxidation and a taste that resembles lychee fruit. This tea bears resemblances with Wuyi tea, yet Guangdong wulong tea has become a style of tea cherished by tea lovers all over the world.

Taster’s Review:

This Oolong is delightful!

As the description suggests, it does have a taste that is somewhat reminiscent of lychee fruit.  There are also distant notes of smoke and a front note of flower.  Such a beautifully complex tea, this Lingtou Dancong!

While the aroma of this tea is a bit lighter than some Oolong teas I’ve encountered, there is no lacking for flavor here.  The palate is immediately greeted with a floral note (Orchid, perhaps?) which is followed up with the lychee note I previously mentioned.  The smoky taste weaves throughout the sip, never making itself dominate within the taste, rather it merely hints at its presence.

The flavor is sweet with a distinct sour note with a suggestion of savory bitterness toward mid-sip.  The mouthfeel is not as well-defined with this Oolong as it is with other Oolong teas.  That is neither good nor bad in my eyes, simply different.  There is some astringency to this cup, but it is not a pucker-y or an overly drying astringency.

I suggest resteeping the leaves several times – with each subsequent infusion, the flavor changes only slightly, but I notice different flavors with each.  In the third and fourth infusions, the flavor is slightly sweeter and smoother than in the first two.  By the fifth and sixth infusions, I notice very little of the smoky essence while the overall taste becomes almost seamless.This tea is top-notch, and I highly recommend it to all Oolong lovers out there!

Jade Prince (Tung Ting Oolong) from Tantalizing Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Tantalizing Tea

Product Description:

Jade Prince aka Tung Ting is one of Taiwan’s most prized oolongs. Sweet, floral cup. Exquisite! Great for 3 or more infusions.

Taster’s Review:

This is a very nice Tung Ting Oolong.  The aroma is intense with fruit and flower notes and begs me to take a sip.  Who am I to refuse such an inviting request?

The flavor is complex:  sweet with notes of butter, flower, fruit and roasted nuts.  As the above description from Tantalizing Tea suggests, the fruit notes are pineapple-esque in character, complete with a hint of tartness just before the finish.  There is a creaminess which enhances the buttery notes, and a soft mouthfeel that is a bit lighter than some Oolong teas I’ve experienced, but still very pleasant to experience.

I am not getting very little astringency from this cup.  My first couple of sips, I detected no astringency whatsoever, but now as I continue to sip, there is a gradual astringent quality.  I do not find it off-putting or pucker-y though, and it seems to enhance the tart quality I mentioned before.

These tiny pellets submit to several infusions.  I brewed this tea in my gaiwan, and I managed six delicious infusions brewing it in the gongfu style.  This tea has a charming sweetness to it and I recommend not sweetening this tea – it would offset the lovely balance of flavors.

A delightful tea to be sure!  I recommend it to all the Oolong enthusiasts out there!

The Skinny from DavidsTea

Tea Type:
Oolong Tea/Pu-erh Tea Blend

Where To Buy:

DavidsTea

Product Description:

Did you just eat and eat and eat? And then eat some more? 2000 years of ancient Chinese wisdom suggest you try this organic blend. It contains oolong and pu’erh teas, both reputed to speed your metabolism and block fat absorption after a heavy meal. Plus it’s got ginger and ginseng, two more traditional metabolism uppers. So go ahead, drink up. The only thing you’ll gain is wisdom.

Tasters Review:

The Skinny from DavidsTea really took me by surprise!  I ended up really liking it!  Here’s the SKINNY on this tea from DavidsTea…

This tea takes a while to infuse before the true color appears.  Dry…I thought this first smelled like Orange Cream and then I thought it was more of a Fruit loops/Orange aroma. Post infusion – it smells more like a woodsy/orange. The taste is flatter than I thought it would be.  I would say more Oolong than anything else and then a share of orange taste.  I can’t really taste the Pu-erh, Ginseng, or Ginger much…which is ok with me but maybe not-so-good for those specifically looking for those ingredients, I suppose.

Overall the taste of this one is pretty good!  As far as me liking this tea – I do enjoy it – much more than I expected!  It’s a goodie!

 

Ti Quan Yin Oolong with Fresh Ginger and Turkish Rose from Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Tea Type:
Oolong Tea

Where To Buy:
Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Product Description:

This organically grown tea starts with a roasted rice aroma and finishes with a fruity taste, blending beautifully with the warm fresh ginger and refined Turkish rose.

My collection of perfumed teas grew out of my love for oolong tea — its complexity and beauty is like a perfume in itself. Essential oils and absolutes are layered onto this exquisite base of first-quality leaves to create a beautiful, subtle taste and scent experience.

Tasters Review:

This is so PRETTY!!!  You’ll have to see it or SMELL it for yourself to believe it!  Everything about this tea shouts CLASSY! 

Ti Quan Yin Oolong with Fresh Ginger and Turkish Rose from Aftelier Perfumed Teas is a truly unique sipping experience!  But the fun doesn’t stop there!  This tea awakens ALL of the senses!

The Before Infusion Aroma is very fragrant and beautiful.  The first thing that came to mind was…A Rose is a Rose is a Rose!
The Post Infusion Aroma was that of a Rose and Ginger Combo.
The Taste was a nice flavored oolong!   The rose and ginger flavors seemed to have met in the middle which I really appreciate.
The Aftertaste was even floral!

This was brilliantly done and very enjoyable -not to mention – memorable!  It holds up well to multiple infusions, too!

 

Jasmine Oolong Tea from Enjoying Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Enjoying Tea

Product Description:

Jasmine Oolong is a favorite beverage for all seasons. It produces a pale yellowish brew with a rich and distinctive flavor expertly infused with the sweet, delicate fragrance of fresh summer jasmine. The tea has a very light and subtle jasmine flavor.

Taster’s Review:

I love this Jasmine Oolong!  It is wonderful!

The Oolong tea is light in flavor with a smooth, silky mouthfeel.  Just slightly vegetative but with very little buttery taste that is often associated with the greener Oolong varieties.  It has a hint of fruity taste as well, just barely there, lingering in the background.

There is a light astringency to it that seems to wash over the mouthfeel just enough so that it doesn’t impart a slick feeling in the finish.  The aftertaste is lightly floral.

The jasmine is so beautifully delicate in this cup.  It doesn’t overwhelm the palate and it isn’t too sweet or too sharp… a pleasant balance of characteristics to this jasmine, and I like that it doesn’t interfere with the complexity of the Oolong.

I steeped this in a gaiwan – steeping just 45 seconds for the first steep, and increasing the time by 15 seconds for each subsequent infusion.  I managed eight very flavorful infusions this way.  The sumptuous flavor is so comforting and delightful!

This is a tea I’d recommend to those who wish to explore jasmine but find some of the green jasmine teas to be a bit too sharp or overwhelming.  This jasmine may just be the perfect jasmine for you!

Kind of Blue from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong / Honeybush / Rooibos

Where to Buy:  Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Take five to enjoy Kind of Blue, an irresistible blueberry Oolong jazzed up with fennel.  Rooibos and Honeybush give blend a smooth finish while the Oolong gives the energizing boost.  Improvise this tea with any meal or have it solo for an out of this world jam!

Taster’s Review:

This is really tasty.  I was a little unsure about it, because I can’t recall trying an Oolong/Rooibos/Honeybush blend before, and I wasn’t sure how the three leaves would work together – but together they create one groovy vibe!

This blend is unusual, but in a very good way.  The Oolong lends its rich flavor to the cup as well as a smooth texture.  The rooibos adds a little nutty flavor to the cup, as does the honeybush, plus there is an underlying note of honey-esque sweetness to the cup which melds very well with the blueberry flavoring.  And every once in a while, just at the start of the sip, I’ll note a very slight hint of smoke.  Just a hint – ever so slight – and one that can be missed when not paying attention.

The blueberry flavor is not terribly strong here, and I really wouldn’t want it to be.  I think it’s perfectly flavored, because a stronger blueberry essence would overwhelm the interesting balance that exists between Oolong, honeybush and rooibos, and I’m really enjoying the flavor and body of the cup just the way it is.  Similarly, the fennel doesn’t add a lot of flavor to the cup – just a kiss of licorice-like taste that rests in the background – but any stronger and it would overpower the blueberry.

This is a sweet tasting tea, but it is a pleasant sweetness – not at all cloying.  It’s really delicious, and very different!  In fact, this is one of the more difficult teas to describe that I’ve tasted, simply because it is so different.  It has so many interesting flavors and textures throughout the sip that it is one that you need to try yourself to fully comprehend what I’m trying to express.  And you really should try it – if for no other reason than it’s unique approach … but I think it’s worth a try because it’s really good!

Also makes an awesome ICED tea!

Si Ji Chun from Camellia Sinensis

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Camellia Sinensis

Product Description:

From the high mountains of Taiwan this green wulong offers a rich cup with a touch of nutmeg and an edge of fresh vanilla. Explosive floral nose and an echo of caramel in the aftertaste.

Taster’s Review:

An exquisite Oolong!

The aroma is intense – very sweet and floral.  It reminds me a bit of that fragrance I experience when I first walk into a florist’s shop!  It is very beautifully floral.

The tiny, tightly wound pellets unfurl slowly, offering many delicious infusions.  I recommend steeping this one in a covered gaiwan to take full advantage of the aroma and flavors this tea has to offer.

And the flavor is so delightful, you’ll want to enjoy all the infusions this tea will produce!  The flavor starts out delicate, but develops quickly and becomes more pronounced in the third and fourth infusions, once the leaves have had a chance to begin to open up and release their flavor.

The flavor has pleasant notes of flower with a faint note of vanilla in the background.  This delicious vanilla note lends a lovely sweet creaminess to the cup that is enhanced by the soft, buttery mouthfeel.  There is a nutty flavor to the cup too that IS a bit like nutmeg (just as the product description above suggests).

The layers of flavor here is very enticing.  The light floral quality lingers into the finish, where I experience just a hint of astringency.  The astringency is barely there, but, it is just enough to wipe the palate clean so that it doesn’t feel overwhelmed or heavy from the texture of the tea.

I really enjoyed this cup.  If you are an Oolong enthusiast, this is one that you should definitely add to your list!  It’s awesome!

Nostalgia Dong Ding Oolong with Jasmine & Fresh Mint from Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Aftelier Perfumed Teas

Product Description:

Rich and complex charcoal-roasted Tung-Ting oolong tea produces a fruity aroma that is exquisite with the cool mint and rich jasmine. These rolled leaves provide up to 4 infusions.

Taster’s Review:

This tea is very interesting.

First of all, as a cup of this tea sits before me, it smells amazing.  Like intoxicatingly (I don’t know if that was a word before now, but it is one now!) amazing.   But with such an enchanting smell … I become a little apprehensive when it comes to taking a sip.  What if it’s too perfume-y?

After all, it is a perfumed tea.  That alone sort of indicates that it might come across as perfume-y tasting.

However, it doesn’t.  The perfume melds with the buttery creaminess of the Oolong tea to create one of the most unusual yet delightful teas I’ve tasted in a very long time.  The Oolong has a slightly roasted back note that seems to tie all the flavors together quite nicely.  It’s a very unified taste.

That is not to say that the jasmine is not strong, because it is.  It is quite strong (this tea is for jasmine lovers only!) and tastes very floral.  But it tastes like a natural floral flavor; not a chemical-y, artificial-tasting, lab-recreated perfume.

The mint is quite a bit more subtle, but the flavor of it develops as I continue to sip.  Similarly, the scent of the mint develops as I continue to smell the tea.  The first couple of times I could barely smell the mint, and now it is more prominent, although it is still not as strong as the jasmine.

I recommend brewing this in a gaiwan – using short steep times.  30 seconds (or less) for the first infusion; increase by 15 seconds for each subsequent infusion.  Any longer and you may wind up with a very strong jasmine taste.

If you love jasmine (and I do!) this tea is the ULTIMATE.  You really must try it!

Osmanthus Oolong from Tao of Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Native Name: Gui Hua Oolong

Origin: Guangdong, China

Introduction: Located in the northern part of Chaozhou, close to Guangdong’s border with Fujian Province, Phoenix Mountain is famous for its large, old growth tea trees and distinctive Fenghuang Dancong (Phoenix Select) Oolong tea. It is the highest peak in eastern Guangdong and the indigenous home of the She Ethnic Minority.

Gui Hua
Gui Hua (“gway hwah”) is the Chinese name for the fragrant osmanthus flower, which blossoms in the Phoenix Mountain area during tea season and is used in scenting this oolong.

Chaozhou Tea Culture
Chaozhou is the birthplace for the art of “Gongfu Cha”, the method used for brewing oolong tea throughout southeast China and Taiwan. Large amounts of leaf are skillfully brewed in a small teapot and the fragrant liquor sipped from tiny, thimble-sized cups.

Osmanthus Scenting
After plucking and withering, the tea is rolled sideways and pan-fired creating long, gently twisted, Fenghuang Dancong style leaf. In the final stages of processing, the leaves are baked with fresh osmanthus blossoms “heat-infusing” the tea with the flower’s fragrant essential oils.

Flavor Profile: A light, bright, sweet flavor and a fruity, floral aroma with hints of apple and apricot.

Ingredients: Oolong Tea Leaves.

Brewing Suggestions
180°F-200°F
1tsp/8oz
4minutes

Tasters Review:

This is AMAZING! Truly AMAZING!

Osmanthus Oolong from Tao of Tea smells floral but it also smells sweet, sugary, and fruity…almost like a combination of Apricots, Apples, and Grapes! I simply LOVE the aroma of this!

There is a smooth-sweet taste and gentle floral notes on the tongue.  It has a nice nutty/buttery aftertaste that makes me crave more!

This is a wonderful Oolong!

 

Formosa Oolong from Imperial Tea Garden

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Imperial Tea Garden

Product Description:

In Taiwan, the making of oolong tea is regarded as an art form where the style and dedication of the grower is passed down through generations. Producing oolong tea involves highly specialized skills to control the withering, oxidation, and firing process.  A slight varience in any of these variables can greatly affect aroma, flavor, color or finish.  This tea is a long fired “amber style” tea which gives it a roasted character.

Taster’s Review:

I love Formosa Oolong.  In fact, up until a few years ago, Formosa Oolong WAS Oolong as far as I was concerned.  I really didn’t have much experience with any other type of Oolong.  In the last couple of years, I’ve been more adventurous and discovered many different types of Oolong.  However, Formosa Oolong remains a favorite of mine.

This Formosa Oolong from Imperial Tea Garden is quite delicious.  The flavor is mildly sweet with a peach-like quality in the background.  A very smooth tea that offers a very light mouthfeel – light, but silky!  There is also a very light astringency.

But the flavor is anything but “light.”  I am finding this to be very flavorful.  A roasty undercurrent that melds with a sweet, honey-esque note.  Beautiful!

Formosa Oolong is one of those Oolong teas that tastes great however you choose to serve it.  I like it hot, but it is also one of my favorite iced teas too.  It doesn’t need any sweetener because it does have a natural sweetness to it, but the flavors probably won’t be overwhelmed if you choose to add a little (don’t go overboard, though!)  It’s great with a thin slice of citrus fruit or a chunk or two of candied ginger.  Or enjoy it the way I am now:  hot with nothing added.

Fabulous!

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