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!

 

Peach Oolong from Butiki Teas

Tea Type: Oolong Tea

Where To Buy: Butiki Teas

Product Description:

Peach oolong has a sweet floral peach aroma that evokes images of warm summer days. This high altitude Taiwanese tea starts off with a light floral flavor that quickly develops into a natural white peach flavor that lingers. Peach Oolong is a refreshing smooth bodied tea that works well iced or hot. Add some brown crystal sugar for a sweet desert-like treat or drink plain for a more natural flavor. Our Peach Oolong is good for multiple infusions.

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 teaspoon of tea for 8oz of water Recommended Temperature: 180 F

Tasters Review:

Peach Oolong from Butiki Teas…another flavored Oolong from a company I would suggest to ANYONE looking for good-solid-flavored Oolongs…Butiki Teas!

This tastes JUST LIKE White Peaches…Sweet and juicy…just the way I like ’em!

If you like Peach – try this!  If you are looking for a nicely flavored Oolong…TRY THIS!

It’s squeaky clean, highly flavored, and totally YUMMY, and still true Oolong! YUM!

It also leaves a pleasantly sweet aftertaste and I think it’s just lovely!

 

Strawberry Oolong from Butiki Teas

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Butiki Teas

Product Description:

Strawberry Oolong
This sweet high altitude oolong is infused with strawberry and originates from Taiwan. Strawberry Oolong is a refreshingly sweet and natural flavored tea. Very refreshing and light.

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1 teaspoon of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 180 F

Tasters Review:

I’ll get straight to the point…I LOVE THIS FLAVORED OOLONG!  Strawberry Oolong from Butiki Teas is certainly a winner in my book!

It has the tiny pearls I have seen in some Cherry Blossom Green Teas – that I have tried in the past – and I think they are lovely and a nice touch to this Strawberry Flavored Oolong!

The aroma is excellent! The Oolong Leaves are screaming multiple infusions!   I did put this to the test and it holds up very well to multiple infusions!  This is also wonderful hot or cold!

The strawberry tastes are spectacular!  They are sweet without ANY trace of sour or bitterness. This is very sweet and very nice!

I’m totally diggin’ Butiki Teas Flavored Oolongs!

So far every tea/tisane I have had of theirs is wonderful! I really like this company!!!

 

 

Mint Oolong from Butiki Teas

Tea Type:  Oolong

Where To Buy: Butiki Teas

Product Description:

This oolong originates from Taiwan and is infused with mint. Mint Oolong is a fragrant tea that is sweet, refreshing, and tingles the tongue.

Recommended Brew Time: 4 minutes
Recommended Amount: 1-1 1/2 teaspoons of tea for 8oz of water
Recommended Temperature: 180 F

Tasters Review:

I have been looking for a Mint Oolong for a LONG time like this one!

Strong Mint and plump Oolong…plain and simple…well, not really plain…but simple.  It’s the classic case of K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly) and it works!

If you are like me and LOVE mint you will probably like this one!  The mint is intense but that is EXACTLY what I was looking for being a MINT LOVER.

Because I haven’t found as many Mint Oolongs or ones that are readily available I am rating this high…not only for those reasons but because I DO like this very much! It’s very refreshing, very mint, and very tasty!

I can check another items of my “Tea Bucket List”…I have found an awesome Mint Oolong!  Thanks Butiki Teas!

 

Jin Jiang Da Hong Pao Tea from Valley Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Tea Valley

Product Description:

A “Jin Jiang” (gold award) winner in the prestigious 2008 Wuyi Mountain People’s Choice Tea Competition, this Da Hong Pao is nothing short of excellent.

The aroma of the Jin Jiang Da Ho Pao can be described as roasted and smoky; a tease of the tea’s true potential. A pour of boiling water reveals a delightfully sweet aroma that will permeates through its immediate surroundings. The brew delivers a full body flavor with the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. One sip and it is obvious why this is such a prized Da Hong Pao.

While the Jin Jiang Da Hong Pao’s flavors remain complex, the brew is more temperate compared to the Dao Tian Da Hong Pao; a characteristic that is more commonly preferred.

Tasters Review:

Jin Jiang Da Hong Pao Tea from Valley Tea smells a little sweet as well as a little smoky and a little woodsy.

It’s a very nice light brownish-yellow once infused.

The taste is very nice, too!  A has a sweet-woodsy type flavor.  It has a mysterious malty-ness to it even.

As it cools for a minute or two at room temperature…it seems to get sweeter and even BETTER than it was before…it seems with each sip it gets better and better.

This is a great Oolong!  I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Oolongs!  If you haven’t tried Oolong Tea – perhaps this is the Oolong you need to get into the swing of things!

 

Yongchun Fo Shou (Bergamot) Oolong Superior Grade Tea from Life In Teacup

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Life In Teacup

Product Description:

The origin of Fo Shou tea cultivar is a mystery. Many people say it was obtained by engrafting tea tree with Fo Shou (bergamot) tree. The engrafting theory of Fo Shou oolong has never been proved. But the characteristics of this tea do remind a drinker of fragrance of Fo Shou fruits.

Brew method:
1a. Oolong, ball-shaped dry tea leaves

  • Vessel: gaiwan or small teapot
  • Water temperature: newly boiled water (above 95 °C or 203 °F)
  • Amount of leaves: 5 gram for every 120ml total volume (Or reduce the amount to 3 gram for some heavy oxidation and/or heavy roast products)
  • Warm-up infusion: pour hot water in the vessel, and immediately drain it. Wait for about 1min. before starting the next infusion.
  • Time for each of the first 3 infusions (after warm-up): 20sec. (Or reduce the infusion time to 10-15sec. for some heavy oxidation and/or heavy roast products)
  • Extend infusion time based on taste for later infusions. Most oolong tea can well last for at least 5-7 infusions.

Or:

  • Vessel: mug
  • Water temperature: (same as “1a”) newly boiled water (around 95 °C or 203 °F)
  • Amount of leaves: 15-20 grains of dry tea leaves
  • Steep time: 1-2 minutes
  • Re-steep: when there is 1/3 liquor left in the vessel, add hot water to re-steep.

Tasters Review:

Plain and Simple…I LOVE THIS.  I would rate this above 95% any day of the week!

Yongchun Fo Shou (Bergamot) Oolong Superior Grade Tea from Life In Teacup smells like a sweet-floral and mellow yet juicy fruit of the citrus variety. The Infusion color is that of a light-oolong.  The taste is out of this world…a pure delight!  It’s very pure, crisp, and thirst quenching.  I could tell it was an Oolong by it’s taste but it’s so much more than that…it’s incredible!   I really, really like this! The flavor of the oolong is one thing but the Bergamot is another.  I’ve never tasted a bergamot flavor like this and I must say after tasting it – all Bergamot should taste like this!  The flavor doesn’t take over the natural goodness of the oolong and the bergamot doesn’t taste fake or chemically at all!

I have also tried the other two Bergamot Fo Shou Oolongs and I think the Superior really IS superior!  I like all 3 of the offerings but this one is my favorite one of the 3.  Down the road I plan on reviewing the other 2 as well.  BUT…in the meantime…I encourage all of your Oolong Lovers to try this one!  It’s worth it!!

Wuyi Rock Oolong from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

One of the purest teas available on the world market.

Organic Wuyi Rock Oolong is one of the purest teas available on the world market. This rare oolong hails from Mount Wuyi in Nanping Prefecture, Fujian, up along the border of Jiangxi Province. In 1999, UNESCO listed the mountain as a World Heritage Site in part owing to its outstanding biodiversity. According to the UN, Mount Wuyi is one of the world’s finest, intact, subtropical forests. Further complimenting the region’s reputation, Mount Wuyi is registered with the Chinese government as a biodiversity conservation zone. The climate of the region is relatively humid due to the fact that the mountain prevents cool air from entering the valley, and the presence of the 9 Bend River meandering through its valleys. Living with this subtropical paradise is an almost unaccountable number of species of flora and fauna. Many of the plan species living on the mountain are considered relics of a bygone age, no longer found anywhere else on the planet. In amongst this jewel of biodiversity grows the world famous organic rock tea. The tea bushes, like many other plant species, are ancient, having grown amongst the mountain’s rocky outcroppings for generations. Cultivation of the plants is almost impossible given the topography, so exceptional care is taken when handling and plucking the fresh tea shoots. The harvesters typically wear light cotton gloves when handling the leaves, which are harvested in small quantities so as not to tire the bushes. The fresh leaf is then allowed to naturally semi-ferment. The resulting flavor is at once rich, delicate, and laden with floral nuance.

Tasters Review:

Right out of the envelop this smells nutty to me…much like almond, actually!  As if infuses it starts smelling more woodsy almost like a damp twig.

As for the taste…this is a hearty brew!  It’s quite masculine, woodsy, slightly peppery, and a little like roasted or toasted nuts!  It has a gentle-semi-sweet after taste to it too!

This is interesting, different, and pretty good!  Certainly a conversation piece – no matter which way you look at it.  As for me…I look at it with a smiling face!  This Oolong is very nice!

Dong Ding Oolong traditional medium roast Competition Grade IV from Life In Teacup

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Life In Teacup

Product Description:

Production Year: 2009
Production Season: winter
Production Region: Nantou County, Taiwan
Style: Traditional medium roast

Brewing 1a: Oolong, ball-shaped dry tea leaves
Vessel: gaiwan or small teapot
Water temperature: newly boiled water (above 95 °C or 203 °F)
Amount of leaves: 5 gram for every 120ml total volume (Or reduce the amount to 3 gram for some heavy oxidation and/or heavy roast products)
Warm-up infusion: pour hot water in the vessel, and immediately drain it. Wait for about 1min. before starting the next infusion.
Time for each of the first 3 infusions (after warm-up): 20sec. (Or reduce the infusion time to 10-15sec. for some heavy oxidation and/or heavy roast products)
Extend infusion time based on taste for later infusions. Most oolong tea can well last for at least 5-7 infusions.

Tasters Review:

I had this for the very first time the other day and was very pleased.

This is VERY different than any Oolong I have tried!  Imagine this…roasty and toasty…woodsy and leafy…hearty and strong!   At first I thought it smelled like a “New Car Smell” type air freshener…but it was a little more leaf-like than that.  Regardless I think the reasons this is different are the reasons I like it so much! This is tasty and interesting!   If you are into roasted oolongs – try this!  If you have never had a roasted type Oolong before taste it and then taste it again!  I noticed that the taste changes as it cools at room temperature.  I also think this is pretty good cold/iced, too!

Little Black Dress – Slimming Tea – Citrus from Teaquilibrium

Tea Type:
Green/Oolong/Rooibos Blend

Where To Buy: Teaquilibrium

Product Description:

Little Black Dress Citrus is a refreshing blend of zesty lemon and exotic bergamot delicious hot and especially refreshing iced. Think poolside or beach with a lemon wedge in a tall frosty glass. The added green tea and green rooibos will give an extra boost of calm energy to this uplifting blend.

So go ahead, have a cup and put on that little black dress!

For easy preparation, cold infuse your LBD Citrus with the help of the aladdin travel mug. Always Balanced and Beautiful anywhere you go!

ingredients: oolong tea, green tea, green rooibos, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, citrus flavor, jasmine blossoms.
benefits: speeds metabolism, helps burn fat
how many cups? approximately 40 tsp. per 2.5 oz tin; that’s about 80 eight oz cups at 19 cents per cup*
preparation: heat water: 195 F, scoop: 1.5 tsp/8 oz., steep 3 – 4 min.
naturally caffeinated
*fresh whole leaf teas can be infused at least twice— just steep a little longer the second time.

Tasters Review:

Little Black Dress – Slimming Citrus is an Oolong-Green Tea-Green Rooibos Blend…and I was VERY excited to try it!  It sounded very unique and creative!

It brewed VERY Dark and smelled mostly floral and with a hint of lemon.   I could taste the green tea a bit more than the oolong and green rooibos.  The Jasmine stood out as the floral taste more as it cools.  This had a slight vegetal/earthy taste towards the end of the sip.

I liked the idea of this one and the taste is…well…pretty TASTY!

Thousand Arrows Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

A rare, medium-bodied, visually stunning hand-twisted tea.

A rare, visually stunning hand-twisted biodynamic oolong tea from the celebrated Idulgashinna Tea Estate, consisting of 1-2 inch “spears” of green, cinnamon-colored and white leaves. The infusion is curly and very colorful, the liquor light and attractive with a medium body.

Tasters Review:

I used 1 tsp. leaf (20 arrows) per cup as the site suggested.

I didn’t think there was much of a smell to this tea – dry or once infused – but the color is lovely! Cinnamon or Honey-colored would probably best describe what I saw!

Flavor-wise I would agree with the medium-strength oolong description and say it reminded me of a toasty-sweet type-taste with a very slight nutty hint to it.

I think this is good and love the fact that it is different in many ways.

I did get successful multiple infusions on this one!  The 2nd infusion was more juicy and more nutty tasting.  The color was the same but had next to no aroma. I think I like the 2nd infusion better actually.

Little Black Dress Strawberry Vanilla from Teaquilibrium

Tea Type: Oolong/Yerba Mate Blend

Where To Buy: Teaqualibrium

Product Description:

Close your eyes and imagine sitting in a field of fresh strawberries— breathe in the intoxicating scent, pick a plump berry and let the flavor burst in your mouth. Teaquilibrium’s organically grown Strawberry Vanilla is delightful and gently energizing. The distinct flavor of green yerba mate magically blends with the smooth toasty cocoa aroma of the oolong, organically grown strawberries and topped with a hint of vanilla. As with all of our Little Black Dress teas, Strawberry Vanilla is an exclusive Teaquilibrium blend.

Try Strawberry Vanilla hot or chilled. For a delicious and refreshing pick me up, cold infuse Little Black Dress Strawberry Vanilla and serve in a pitcher with fresh strawberries.

organically grown ingredients: oolong tea, green yerba mate, strawberries, natural strawberry and vanilla flavors.
how many cups? approximately 45 tsp. per 3 oz; that’s about 90 eight oz cups at 18 cents per cup*
preparation: heat water: 195 F, scoop: 1.5 tsp/8 oz., steep 3 4 min. just steep a little longer the second time.

Tasters Review:

I really had no idea what to expect from this tea.  But sometimes I think it’s a great idea to go into a cup like that!  Here are my findings on Little Black Dress Strawberry Vanilla from Teaquilibrium…

First off this certainly smells wonderful!  It’s a gentle aroma but you can pick out both the strawberry and the vanilla.  When it comes to taste it’s a great combination of flavors!  The Strawberry is juicy and sweet and the vanilla is creamy and smooth.  Both paired with the Yerba AND the Oolong it makes for a truly unique blend and flavor!  It’s sugary-sweet and refreshing!

Normally I don’t ever put anything in my teas!  When I was trying this I must have been in rare form and thought with my 2nd infusion that I would sprinkle some sugar in it.  Honestly, I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did!  It was like a different tea!  It was still good and tasty but different and still equally as unique.  By adding the little bit of sugar to it – it seemed to cancel out the vanilla a little as well as a bit of the creaminess.  It also intensified the strawberry flavor.  It sort of reminded me of fresh picked strawberries with sugar on top…that sort of flavor!

I must say I like this one hot and/or cold…maybe a little bit more cold, actually, and I also like it with or without sugar!  A very nice offering from a very nice tea company!

 

 

Purple Bamboo from Rishi

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Rishi

Product Description:

This tea is an experimental oolong from an organic-in-conversion farm from Fujian, China. It is harvested from a white tea bush varietal and processed similar to Taiwanese Bai Hao Oolong and Fuding Gong Mei White tea. The dry leaf shows a unique and colorful style with a silvery, white, dark green and tippy appearance. One serving of Purple Bamboo can be infused many times and offers deep, complex fruity flavors and floral aromas. The rich mouth feel and upfront and lingering aroma suggests Darjeeling Muscatel, Lilac, Gardenia, Pit Fruit, Grape and Hops.

Use a porcelain guywan, or a Ho-hin. Add 2-3 tablespoons per 5-6 ounces of water. Infuse with 185°F-190°F water. First infusion is 2-3 minutes, second infusion 2-3 minutes, 3rd thru 5th infusions should be 4-5 minutes. Depending on the amount of tea and the water temperature, you may infuse this tea many more times.

Tasters Review:

This one certainly intrigued me.  And let me tell you…the curiosity didn’t end with my cup!

The dry smell of this before infusion was a floral yet earthy-sweet smell. The post infusion was more of a manly grape or maybe a drier wine type scent for description purposes.  It’s very light brown in color.

The taste is woodsy yet fruity and floral!   To describe the fruit like tastes I would probably say a combination of grape, apricot, maybe a hint of plum.   It’s also floral like Lilac or even lily – if you can imagine that.  And let’s not forget the woodsiness of the taste!  Towards the end of the sip I get a surprisingly semi-chewy taste, too!

This tea is very memorable and made me think. I like that.  And I like this tea  a great deal!

Blue Unicorn from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

A rare hand-crafted designer Ceylon tea, medium-bodied.

From the famous Biodynamic & Fair Trade Idulgashinna Tea Garden come these visually captivating spears of cassis, cinnamon, gold, and silver tips, resembling the mythical unicorn’s horn. This hand crafted tea is carefully hand-rolled and twisted into spears. Each finished cluster is slightly more than 1 inch in length. These partially fermented leaves produce a delicate, pale liquor that is exceptionally sweet and clean, with champagne undertones. The tea can be steeped multiple times, each revealing new complexities.

Tasters Review:

I’ve collected unicorns since I was 3.  Anything from collectibles and figurines to logo-ed items and ANYTHING in between.  So when I saw that Shanti Tea had an Oolong Tea named Blue Unicorn…I HAD TO HAVE IT!  And I am so glad I chose it!!  It’s truly amazing!

The first time I tried this – I infused 3 “horns” as suggested.  The pre-infusion scent is completely different than the during and post-infusion scent!  The Pre-Infusion is more of a Sweet/Floral, During Infusion it’s a Floral/Semi-Sugary type, and the Post is more of a Sweet Honey/Candied type aroma.

I also noticed this is a VERY hefty handcrafted leaf!  Surely to live up to multiple infusions!

My first response to my first sip was…WOW.  My 2nd response was…YAY!

Oh my! What a treat! This is VERY unique! VERY Sweet and Juicy! It’s Clean and Crisp! Very Champagne-Like! Almost fruity but I am not sure what kind of fruit to compare it to upon my first attempt and first infusion.

Like I said…these ‘horns’ or leaves were screaming multiple infusions, so I gladly obliged.

I used the same ‘horns’ in my 2nd infusion.  I infused for 9 minutes  (did 7 the first time).

The 2nd infusion smelled much more peachy! A VERY awesome scent! It was sweeter and juicier and more champagne-like! The color was pretty much the same…a lovely yellow-orange-light brown.

As for my 3rd infusion…I used the same 3 pieces and infused for approx 11 to 12 minutes.  The color was a littler lighter.  The scent was Peachy and Floral and Pleasant…not as Peachy as the 2nd infusion tho.

The ‘horns’ were continuing to morph but still played games with me – egging me on to continue to play with them! They look to still have more infusions left. NOW it’s become a challenge…a game…

The taste…Fruity (slightly peachy) – not as peachy as the 2nd infusion. Along with floral notes…blossoms, perhaps.

AND that was just my first attempt with multiple infusions.  I have much more fun with this Blue Unicorn since opening the tin!  Here is how other attempts have turned out…

I used 5 ‘horns’ and the first infusion at 4 Minutes turned out like this…

The color post-infusion is very honey-like. The horns haven’t really unfurled but that just means more infusions in my book so I am totally ok with that!  It smells more like silver tips this time around…I’m not picking up on the peach like my last go-around…It has a refreshing aftertaste…juicy!

2nd Infusion – same 5 Horns – 7 minutes I found the same coloring and scent – scent a tad sweeter that first infusion.  The taste changed to more of a sweet-floral with juicy fruity tones but not overly identifiable as to switch fruit(s). It’s VERY Smooth.  It seems I get a new surprise with each cup!

I have successfully done 4 flavorful infusions of this and a VERY HAPPY with the outcome.   Very few teas make it to my 100 percentile list but this one has!  I can safely say this is one of my all-time-favorite teas!

Just goes to show you…UNICORNS…they really ARE magical!

LOVE THIS!!!

Soul Vacation from East Pacific Tea Co.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  East Pacific Tea Co.

Company Description:

Delicious Formosan from the Taiwanese County of Nantao. This tea is tender on the taste buds with a slight scent of citrus on the nose. By speeding up the metabolism, this oolong tea is a great addition to any diet.

Taster’s Review:

My adoration of Oolong has been well documented by now with all the praises I sing of it here and elsewhere.  This tea is the perfect illustration of why I love Oolong so much.

The tiny green pellets are tightly rolled, and they are slow to open – bringing me many infusions of joy from just one measurement of leaves.  The aroma that they release is slightly citrus and slightly vegetal, a bit like the scent you might experience after squeezing a bit of orange or lemon over asparagus.

This fragrance translates very softly into the flavor – there is a definite citrus-y note to the flavor, however it is not so distinctive that I can tell you which citrus fruit I taste, exactly.  Perhaps a medley of orange, tangerine and lime?  There is a slight tartness, but overall, the flavor is decidedly that of sweet citrus.

The body is smooth and silky – leaving a very pleasant feeling over the palate as I sip.  Not quite as thick as some Oolongs I’ve experienced, but, very velvet-y, nonetheless.  There is also a vegetative flavor to the cup.  It isn’t a strong vegetable flavor nor is it grassy; it’s just a wee little hint at a vegetative quality.

I prefer this tea hot, and that’s how I’d recommend that you drink it.  Of course, you don’t have to take that recommendation, but you’d be missing out on the many subtle nuances of flavor that this tea has to offer if you don’t.  The naturally sweet nature of this tea needs no additional sweetening, and I fear it would upset the lovely balance of flavors of this tea if sugar or something else sweet was added… however, if you’d like to emphasize the citrus tones of this tea, a teensy squeeze of orange might be am enjoyable addition.

This tea is truly a Soul Vacation!  It tastes so luxurious and it is positively relaxing to sip… and even to brew.  Try brewing it in a glass vessel so that you can enjoy the showy display of the leaves slowly unfurling.  Lovely!

Da Yu Lin Oolong from Cloudwalker Teas

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Cloudwalker Teas

Product Description:

One notable characteristic of high level oolong tea is a total absence of bitterness. Such is the way with this ultra high grade oolong. Da Yiu Lin is remarkably smooth and rich with natural oil. It is soft and broad, exhibiting qualities of sweet, fresh flowers. This is a high level, high energy tea which is not easy to come by in Taiwan let alone outside. It is rich, sparkling, smooth, clean and transportative. Truly a top shelf oolong. If you are looking for a particularly special fresh, high mountain oolong tea, this is the one for you; a tea to be respected.

A note on preparation: unlike most oolongs, you can get away with having too many leaves in your teapot or having water much closer to boiling when poured over the leaves because it is of such a high quality. A truly forgiving and excellent tea.

Tasters Review:

This is the very first Cloudwalker Tea I have ever tried and am very excited!!!

I have seen this referred to as both Da Yu Lin as well as Da Lie Lin.  Regardless…I must say this tea infuses to a bright greenish-yellow. It has next to no scent but if I try real hard with one eye crossed I suppose I can get a VERY subtle floral scent to it. The taste IS incredibly smooth and semi-sweet. It is fresh, clean, crisp, and quite tasty! This is very good! AND I’m looking forward to more of the Cloudwalker Teas loose leaf teas!

Classic Phoenix Oolong From Element Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Element Tea

Product Description:

Fine, long-twisted, single-stem leaves provide a light amber-yellow cup that carries a highly fragrant aroma of honeysuckle and almond. This Oolong has a smooth, delicate finish that you won’t forget.

Brew Time: 3 – 4 minutes

Ingredients: Chinese Oolong Tea

Tasters Review:

The Product Description for Classic Phoenix Oolong From Element Tea says “Long twisted leaves” and THAT is completely accurate!

It also says this tea is reminiscent of honeysuckle – I also agree! I also think it’s a bitty nutty and smooth – very smooth!

This tea is beautiful all-round! And it was just screaming for a 2nd infusion – so I jumped at the opportunity.  The 2nd infusion was also nice!  A full oolong taste with a more almond like finish – moreso than the first infusion.  I infused over 7 minutes on the 2nd infusion.

I really do LOVE this!

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