Formosa Oolong from Special-Teas, Etc.

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Special-Teas, Etc.

Product Description:

This Formosa Oolong is an exceptional Taiwanese dark oolong full of fluffy white tipped leaves. An exceptional brew from an exceptional tea!

Taster’s Review:

Oh, how I adore this tea!  It reminds me of the Oolong I used to offer to my clients.  It possesses such a pleasant, deep sweetness to it!

The tea leaves are quite dark – this is a deeply oxidized Oolong from Taiwan.   This tea IS special and deserves a special brewing vessel – I recommend getting out your gaiwan for this one.  Not only will it enable you to capture the very best flavor from this tea, but it will also allow you to infuse the leaves multiple times – and each infusion will be just as extraordinarily flavorful as the previous one.  And, trust me when I say that when you taste this tea, you’ll want as many infusions as the tea leaves will offer!

This tea has a natural sweetness to it – it doesn’t need additional sweetener, and you may risk overwhelming the delicate balance of flavors by adding sweetener.  Instead, just enjoy the natural beauty of this tea unfettered.

It has a lovely peach undertone to it, as well as a soft earthy note.  But mostly, what I get from this tea is a beautiful honey-like flavor.  Sweet and smooth with a gentle mouthfeel.

Truly a wonderful Oolong!  This is one that I recommend to all Oolong enthusiasts.  Keep this one on hand!

Oolong from Enjoying Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Enjoying Tea

Product Description:

This oolong tea offers a smooth roasted nutty flavor and has a sweet lingering aftertaste. The Chinese traditionally treasure the slimming effects of this tea.

Taster’s Review:

The picture of the tea bag package above looks different from the packaging that I have of this tea, however, of the bagged Oolong teas on Enjoying Tea’s website, the above description (that accompanies the above photo) matches this tea’s characteristics best.

As a rule, I tend to be highly skeptical of any Oolong that is in a tea bag.  Oolong teas – more so than any other tea, in my opinion – need room when they brew, and most commercially processed tea bags just don’t offer that kind of space.  So, to say that I was skeptical when I first tasted this Oolong several months ago is putting it lightly.

But, this is actually really good.

The flavor is nutty and sweet and it reminds me of the type of Oolong tea I might enjoy in a nice Asian restaurant.  It has light floral tones in the background and a somewhat fruity note that hits about mid sip.  The sweetness of this tea lingers through the astringent-free finish.

This doesn’t have the same complexity as most loose leaf Oolong teas and whether that has something to do with the fact that this is a bagged tea, I don’t know, but I believe it does.

As an Oolong enthusiast, I prefer a more complex Oolong when I’m sipping tea for tea enjoyment, but this is my Oolong of choice to serve along with my meals, because it has such a pleasant and mild flavor that does not interfere with the flavors of my food, but rather enhances my experience.  A more complex Oolong would be distracting.  So, it’s quite nice to have both on hand depending upon the occasion.

Superior Pouchong from Drink T

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Drink T

Product Description:

Pouchong tea is a type of oolong closer to a green tea than a typical oolong. This is due to Pouchong tea being oxidized 15% or less while most Oolongs are oxidized about 30-70%. Pouchong means “the wrapped kind”, referring to the practice of wrapping the leaves in paper during the oxidation process.

Our Pouchong brews a golden green liquor with mild sweetness and delicate floral notes. It has a smooth flavor, making it a perfect everyday tea.

Bring water to just under boil (185-195)
Steep Time: 3 – 4 Minutes
Number of Infusions: 1 – 2
Sweetener: Optional
Cream: No
Caffeine: Moderate

Tasters Review:

Superior Pouchong from Drink T is really lovely!  It’s Part Sweet – Part Floral and Completely Buttery!

Below is the original log of this tea from my Steepster TeaLog and normally I don’t post these here…but…I thought it was too silly NOT to post!

I know “mouth feel” is a technical/official tea tasting/reviewing term but it’s one of those words I don’t personally use a lot because it drives me nuts…sort of like the way the words “panties” or “shindig” drive me nuts and the way the word “chunk” drives my sister crazy and a friend of mine cringes every time he hears the word “moist”.   I really don’t know what it is…I just don’t really like the word…I guess you could say it creeps me out.  ANYHOW…I don’t know how else to describe this tho!  Other than the “mouth feel” (eeeeekkkk cringe at the word) of this is TOP NOTCH!!!

This is a great Pouchong…totally lives up to it’s name!  As for a little more on this specific tea to add to my original review…I really DO like this!  It’s great hot, iced, with just about any kind of food, and anytime of day!  This is probably one of my top 5 favorite teas from Drink T.

 

 

Royal Phoenix Yellow Stone Oolong Tea from Bird Pick Tea & Herb

Tea Type:  Oolong

Where To Buy: Bird Pick Tea & Herb

Product Description:

Phoenix Yellow Stone Oolong Tea is cultivated from small tea trees, some of which have been around for 700 years. Their limited production as well as their unique harvesting methods make it rare.
This tea will leave a rich and complex flavor on your palate and is distinctive with its aroma and fruity accents.

Tasters Review:

First…Good Morning & Merry Christmas!

I am going to spend some more time with this specific oolong but here are my first findings and I will say I am very pleased with this tea!

Royal Phoenix Yellow Stone Oolong Tea has a slight woodsy aroma and on top of that a more charcoal type aroma with hints of fruit…altho I can’t tell you what type of fruit…and it’s more of a rind or skin of the fruit than the actual ‘meat’ or ‘flesh’.

As for the taste…it’s VERY different!  Again, taste-wise, I can taste the fruit comparison but it’s more of a rind/zest or skin type fruit taste than the actual fruit itself, I suppose. There is a slight drier-wine type taste so maybe the fruit I am tasting could be comparable to grape-skin type taste, maybe!

The more I sip it – the more I like it.  And the more I am thinking of a wine comparison.   There seem to be hints of strawberry…I’m thinking more like the top of the strawberry – like up top by the leaves and stem rather than a plump juicy strawberry.

This is GOOD because it’s interesting and unique and I am enjoying my cuppa!

I hope you are all blessed with a nice cup of tea today!

Happy Holidays from your SororiTEA Sisters!

Little Black Dress Citrus from Teaquilibrium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong Tea, Green Tea & Green Rooibos

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!

ingredients: oolong tea, green tea, green rooibos, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, citrus flavor, jasmine blossoms.

Taster’s Review:

I am really enjoying this blend.  I tasted it before I read the ingredient list, and I was happy to see that I could discern them without having read the list.

The Oolong tastes nutty and buttery and has a nice mouthfeel – rich and supple.  The green tea accentuates the buttery taste and lends a certain fresh taste to the cup, as does the green rooibos.  The combination of the Oolong, green tea and green rooibos creates a very full flavor for the palate without being overwhelming or too heavy.

I love the light yet satisfying flavor of this cup.  There is a light lemony note that is accentuated with hints of bergamot, and a very light jasmine note that lingers in the background.  Very refreshing!

Se Chung Oolong from Imperial Tea Garden

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Imperial Tea Garden

Company Description:

The best Chinese oolong teas come from the Wuyi Mountains in the Fujian Province.  This area is regarded as the “birthplace” of oolong tea.  The oolong process begins similar to black tea, but the leaves are given a much shorter
withering period.  The leaves are given a light roll, and allowed to oxidize only until the edges start to brown.  The tea is then fired which arrests the oxidization process and captures the interesting character associated with oolong tea.  Se Chung Oolong tea has a shorter fermentation time and therefore is categorized as a “green style” oolong tea.  Se Chung has a green and herbaceous flavor with
fruity characteristics.

Taster’s Review:

Oolong teas are a favorite of mine.  I think what I love so much about them is that there are so many different types of Oolong tea – and I’m not just talking about flavorings.  I’m talking about the way the Oolong tea is processed.  A light oxidation period will result in a very green Oolong, while a longer oxidation period will result in a dark Oolong.  A green Oolong tastes so much different from a dark Oolong and I find the differences to be intriguing.

The complexity of an Oolong as well as the mouthfeel that an Oolong imparts are also part of what makes Oolong teas so special for me. This Se Chung Oolong from Imperial Tea Garden is so wonderfully complex!

The sip begins with a roasty toasty taste that has a hint of smokiness to it as well.  The roasted flavor is somewhat nutty and sweet – with an almost honey-like undertone to it.  As the sip begins to develop on the palate, I can taste a slight vegetative quality that tastes a bit like roasted vegetables.  It is not at all grassy, but rather, a more developed kind of vegetal note with a lingering sweetness.

At the tail-end of the sip, I can taste a very distant floral note that mingles with a fruit-like quality.  “Peach-like” is a flavor that is often used to describe the fruit flavor of an Oolong, and that suits this Oolong as well, although I would describe that peach flavor to be more like a cooked/caramelized peach.

There is very little astringency to this cup.  The mouthfeel is light and silky, and because of the small amount of astringency, the mouthfeel manages to linger well after the sweet, nutty aftertaste.

A wonderful tea from Imperial Tea Garden!

Milk Oolong from thepuriTea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  thepuriTea

Company Description:

Milk Oolong is a one-of-a-kind tea. It has no added flavors – its fantastically milky, creamy flavor is the result of its terroir and harvest season. The rolled, blue-green leaves have an intense milk aroma, like milk toffee or hard milk candy, with a slight floral undertone. Likewise, the bright yellow brew is incredibly aromatic and flavorful. Its scents of creamy caramel, flavors of cream, milk, coconut milk and tangerine-infused crème fraiche, and finish of gardenias, ripe fruits and warm cream are remarkably indulgent. Later infusions are greener, more floral and equally complex. Milk Oolong is delicious on its own, or with fresh fruit salad or coconut cream pie and sliced peaches.

Taster’s Review:

While I have tasted many Oolong teas, I must admit that my experience with Milk Oolong teas is rather limited.  I’ve probably tried less than a handful of Milk Oolongs… although, I don’t know why.

I mean, it isn’t as though they aren’t amazing – because they are!  They are rich, creamy, and deliciously satisfying.  I think it probably has something to do with the fact that it isn’t easy to find a good quality Milk Oolong.

Well, I need search no longer!  This is one of the finest Milk Oolong teas that I have ever tasted.  The flavor is perfect:  sweet, vegetative and slightly nutty.  The mouthfeel is creamy thick – like the way the mouth feels after having consumed a glass of whole milk!  It is absolutely divine!

And divine really is the best way I know how to describe this tea – it is like a soft, fluffy cloud!  From the feeling it imparts in the mouth right down to the luxuriousness of the flavor – everything about this tea is heavenly.

And while this Milk Oolong may seem a little costly, consider this:  when I steeped this tea in my gaiwan, I was able to extract 8 very lovely infusions!  Each infusion was slightly different from the previous, but only slightly – the flavor still remained very sweet and sumptuous.  If you factor in these multiple steeps, you get a whole lot of value out of these leaves!  And trust me when I say this:  If you like Oolong tea, you OWE it to yourself to try this one.

Formosa Nostalgia DongDing Oolong from auraTeas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  auraTeas

Product Description:

Origin: Lugu, Nantou,Taiwan 鹿谷‧南投‧台灣
Style: Medium fermented Oolong, full bodied, fruity aroma
Loose leaf style: Half ball Dongding oolong style
Loose leaf color: Brownish dark green
Wet leaf style: Dark green center with brown red edge
Tea color: Golden yellow

Formosa Nostalgia Dongding is the modern version dedicated to grandpa’s Dongding Oolong. Strictly following traditional Dongding Oolong process, our Nostalgia Dongding is hand roasted, produces full bodied long lasting fruity aroma. This is the best choice if you are looking for retro style Dongding Oolong.

Taster’s Review:

This Oolong is a little different than I’m used to, but in this case, different is definitely a good thing!

There is a bit of spiciness to the sip that I do not usually associate with Oolong tea, as well as a bitter note.  This bitter note is not an offensive or off-putting bitter taste, but a savory one that provides a nice contrast to the sweet qualities of the cup and compliments the overall flavor profile of the tea.

The mouthfeel is smooth and slick.  A light astringency does not allow the mouthfeel to linger, leaving a very clean aftertaste.

The sweet, nutty quality of this tea is enhanced by the toasty essence of this hand roasted tea.  There is also a fruity note that is peach-like in the background.

A pleasant, full-flavored Oolong that I’m very glad I had the opportunity to try!

Wuyi Rock Oolong from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Company 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.

Taster’s Review:

This is an outstanding Oolong tea.

The dry leaf has a nutty scent with woody tones.  As it brews, the nutty fragrance develops, but even stronger is a smoky aroma.  This worried me at first, because smoky teas and I don’t always get along… but really, once I tasted it I needn’t have worried.  The smoke flavor is there, but it is oh-so-subtle and it melds harmoniously with the roasted nutty flavor.

The tea has a charming sweetness to it with subtle notes of spice in the background.  There is also a distant fruit note that is a bit like peach, a typical characteristic of well-oxidized Oolongs such as this one.

I love the smooth, well-rounded flavor of this tea.  The mouthfeel is light and silky, but it lingers well into the aftertaste because there is very little astringency to this Oolong.

A truly wonderful Oolong – and the first tea I’ve tasted from Shanti Tea… if this tea is representative of what I have to look forward to from Shanti, I am very excited, indeed!

Jade Oolong from Drink T

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Drink T

Company Description:

Jade Oolong is grown in the mountainous areas of Taiwan. It is produced from large, single leaves and lightly oxidized. Then It is gently rolled and rubbed with cotton to slightly bruise the leaves. When fired, this process helps the tea develop its unique, complex character. Each successive infusion results in a different taste experience.

Our Jade Oolong has a fresh smooth body and lingering floral sweetness. A true delight to be savored and a staff favorite.

Taster’s Review:

This tea is a delightful example of just why I so adore Oolong teas!  The flavor is so beautifully complex and the tightly wound “pearls” of tea are slow to unfurl – which means they have many delicious infusions to offer.

I brewed this tea in my gaiwan – and I’m finally believing that the gaiwan is the ONLY way that an Oolong should be steeped!  The short, frequent steeps really makes a difference in the flavor.  If you don’t have a gaiwan, do yourself a favor and get one!

This tea is an interesting one.  It’s a paradox!  It is light yet intensely flavored.  It has a delicious floral taste that is sweet with a delicate sharpness.  It has a very pleasant mouthfeel that is smooth and silky.  It is not a lingering mouthfeel, but it is quite seductive while it lasts.

I have tried many teas from Drink T – and I have been very impressed with each and every one of them.  This Jade Oolong is no exception – I highly recommend it.

Flower of Asia Oolong Tea from ESP Emporium

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  ESP Emporium

Company Description:

On the one hand, this exclusive, flavored Oolong tea will strike you with the soft, spicy cup of the well-known Chinese Oolong tea and, on the other hand ,with the intense flowery soft note of the Lotus Oolong. This scented creation is rounded off pleasantly with the fresh flavors of ripe passion fruits and apples, and sweetly decorated with pink rosebuds and bright Roman chamomile.

Taster’s Review:

The aroma of this tea is very alluring:  it’s like a tropical fruit salad with strong notes of mango and passion fruit, and there are delicate rose notes in the background.

These essences translate into the flavor as well.  I am primarily tasting the mango flavor but I can also taste the flavor of peach nectar and even a hint of apple.  It is sweet and very juicy.

The tea flavors also come through.  The Oolong is a dark Oolong – which indicates a long oxidation time.  This is the perfect Oolong base for these fruit flavors, because I’ve found that the darker Oolongs tend to have a natural fruit-like flavor to them.  That fruit taste enhances the flavoring very nicely.

This tea also possesses a nutty quality and a light buttery tone.  The flowery notes are a little more present in the scent than in the flavor, but I can taste faint floral characteristics to this cup.  The union of all these flavors makes for a very ambrosial taste!  Delicious!

Mainland China Oolong from McNulty’s

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  McNulty’s

Company Description:

The website doesn’t have a description of this tea – actually, I don’t find this tea anywhere on their website.

Taster’s Review:

I received a bit of this tea from my SororiTea Sister, Jennifer (aka TeaEqualsBliss), and I am so happy to have this opportunity to try it.  It’s a remarkably complex and delicious Oolong tea.

The leaves are dark, indicating a long oxidation period.  They brew a medium to dark amber colored liquor with a nutty aroma.

The flavor possesses a chestnut flavor that is highlighted with sweet, honey-like tones.  There is a deep, fruity quality to this as well – I taste peach!

Like other high quality Oolongs, these leaves can be infused multiple times.  Each infusion is quite flavorful – the first and second infusions are a little more nutty, and with the third and fourth, I noticed that the fruit notes came out a little more.  There was even a hint of smokiness in the third and fourth infusion.  With the fifth and sixth infusion, I could taste notes of spice and the honey flavor became a little more distinct.

To get the most out of this tea, I recommend enjoying it as a hot beverage.  It is still delicious as an iced tea, however, much of the intriguing complexity is lost as it cools.

This is truly an amazing Oolong!

Superior Pouchong from Drink T

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pouchong

Where to Buy:  Drink T

Company Description:

Pouchong tea is a type of oolong closer to a green tea than a typical oolong. This is due to Pouchong tea being oxidized 15% or less while most Oolongs are oxidized about 30-70%. Pouchong means “the wrapped kind”, referring to the practice of wrapping the leaves in paper during the oxidation process.

Our Pouchong brews a golden green liquor with mild sweetness and delicate floral notes. It has a smooth flavor, making it a perfect everyday tea.

Taster’s Review:

There are people who would consider this to be a green tea, while others would consider it to be an Oolong.  As for me, I consider this to be neither.  I think that Pouchong teas deserve to be in a class all by themselves.

This Pouchong from Drink T is outstanding.  It possesses a beautiful floral quality that is quite strong and even a little sharp.  The flavor is also sweet and buttery, with hints of vegetation.

The mouthfeel of this tea is extraordinary.  It is smooth and silky, and because there is very little astringency to this tea, there is nothing that stands in the way of that smooth silkiness lingering upon the palate long after the sip.  It’s very enjoyable.

This is an incredibly relaxing cup.  It has a pleasant sweetness and needs no additions.  I prefer it hot, but it is quite refreshing chilled too.  A perfectly delightful cuppa!

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!!

Oolong from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Company Description:

Tie Guan Yin or Iron Goddess is probably the best known Chinese high-grade Oolongs. A light, semi-fermented, whole-leaf tea that is low in caffeine, high in antioxidants and particularly beneficial around meal times. The fresh, earthy flavour carries a lingering aroma, as well as subtle undertones of florals and fruits.

Taster’s Review:

I adore Oolong teas.  They seem to me to be just a little more complex … a little more flavorful … a little more interesting … than most other types of tea.  Probably the only type of tea that I like better than Oolong is a yellow tea, and due to the rare nature (and higher cost) of yellow tea, I enjoy Oolong teas more often than I do yellow, which I tend to reserve for occasions as rare as the tea leaf itself.

So, when I received this Oolong from Byron Bay, I was very excited to try it.  Having been quite impressed from the other teas I’ve tried from Byron Bay, my expectations were high for this Oolong, and I’m pleased to report that Byron Bay did not let me down!

This Tie Guan Yin has a lighter body than some ofther Tie Guan Yin teas that I’ve encountered.  The floral character is a little stronger in this tea, which cuts through some of the heavy buttery notes just a little.  The result is a cup that is very pleasantly floral, lightly sweet and possesses hints of buttery undertones.  Delicious!

This tea is very smooth and has a rich taste despite it’s lighter quality.  The mouthfeel is not as thick as some Oolong teas, but it is soft and silky.  This tea is very enjoyable to sip.

Elixir of Immortality from Cloudwalker Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Cloudwalker Teas

Company Description:

This truly is a beautiful tea… The ‘Elixir of Immortality’ or Bu Lao Dan is very special. This tea is produced on Wu Yi Mountain according to the traditional formula of an ancient Taoist sect. These Taoist renunciates believed that this tea would help to prolong their lives and aid in their practice of austerities. The processing of this tea is overseen by a Taoist master and takes between two to three years to complete. Basically it involves exposing the leaves to the sun and moonshine in certain places, for set periods of time, and then storing the leaves in large earthenware containers. This process of exposing and “resting” the leaves is repeated many times over the period of years, and the results are nothing short of remarkable. Those who have been to Wu Yi know that this is a very special place – the long time stronghold of Taoist and Buddhist sects. The experience of drinking this tea is something akin to drinking in the wisdom of this sacred Mountain. Much like the the nine peaks of Wu Yi, this tea is strong, enduring, and suffused with a subtle yet forceful power (subtle for some – not so subtle for others).

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  This tea brews up exceptionally dark.  Surprisingly dark for an Oolong tea – heck, it is even dark for a black tea!  It looks more like a Shu Pu-erh, rather than an Oolong.  In addition, the aroma of the brewed liquor has an earthy quality to it that reminds me of Pu-erh.

This is a very interesting tea.  I am tasting characteristics in this cup that remind me of an Oolong, a black tea, and a Pu-erh all in one.  I can taste a slightly earthy quality to it that gives it a Pu-erh kind of taste.  I can taste a light buttery flavor that makes way to a very smooth, silky mouthfeel – very Oolong-ish!  Then I taste a malty, almost smoky, baked kind of flavor to it too – that is very much like a black Assam (with maybe just a leaf or two of Lapsang Souchong!)

This is truly one of the most rewarding teas I’ve encountered in a long time.  I love the complexity.  It is so very different from any single tea that I’ve ever tried, and yet at the same time, it is very much like many different teas that I’ve tried!

On the Cloudwalker Teas website, this is listed as a “Cliff Tea“.  Here is some additional information about the Cliff Teas that are available from Cloudwalker Teas:

Cloudwalker Teas is pleased to be able to offer this selection of cliff teas by one of the most well known and regarded tea masters of Asia. Unfortunately we can’t tell you who he is. The master in question is a private man and says that he does not want to attract any more attention to himself, but simply hopes that more people outside his circle of students may be able to experience what constitutes a truly fine rock tea. A labour of love for this tea master, each year he personally travels to Wu Yi Mountain national park in China to oversee the harvesting, processing and packaging of these legendary teas. He works closely with a group of local producers at Wu Yi mountain, who hand roast the leaves. Hand roasted cliff teas are very rare, and Cloudwalker is very pleased to be the first western tea company to be able to offer teas of such high quality. This introductory selection of his rock teas is offered on a trial basis and under certain conditions, one being that they only be sold in small quantities to ensure that these rare and exquisite teas may be shared by as many people as possible. In drinking them one comes to realize very quickly why this love affair exists between this master and these teas, a love that all who taste them will certainly share.

This tea is a MUST TRY for all tea enthusiasts!

Mi Lan Dan Cong Tea from Canton Tea Company

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Canton Tea Company

Product Description:

Dan Cong is the champagne of oolongs: ripe with intense fruit and sweetness. This high grade example comes from a plantation on the lower slopes of Wu Dong Mountain, Chao Zhou. The leaves are thoroughly fermented and baked to produce a rich liquor with unique flowery and honeyed notes that can be enjoyed through multiple infusions.

Our Buyer’s notes
“This tea is more heavily baked than the Song Zhong Dan Cong to allow the tea to produce its unique honey and lychee flavours.”

Tasters Review:

Oolong’s are fun!  They are vary diverse!  Everything about them from the leave to the color and aroma and taste to the after taste…even the way they sit in the strainer once infused!

With this specific one – Mi Lan Dan Cong from Canton – the description says floral and honey notes and I can certainly pick up on those notes!  But what I also find interesting about this tea is…the scent.  The scent reminds me of being out in nature…like in the middle of the woods or even on a beach…those familiar nature-smells!  Then when you taste it…it’s not really what you expect…altho even more pleasant.  There is a soothing and lingering yummy aftertaste, as well!

I almost forgot how much I enjoyed this Oolong.  May it never slip my mind again!  Lovely!

A New Contest! It’s Another SororiTEA Sisters Sampler Package!

Greetings to our Readers!

We really appreciate your support.  So to thank you we want to have another contest!  This one is going to be similar to the last – but with TEN 1-ounce tins (they are made to hold 1 ounce, but the actual weight of the tea in each tin will vary due to the type of tea) and a small package of T-Sacs!

Yeah, I can’t find my camera… so I can’t take pictures of the actual tins.  Sorry!

Here are the teas in this sampler (just click on the name of the tea to be directed to that review.  Some have been reviewed here on the SororiTEA Sisters blog, and some have been reviewed on my home away from home at The Tea Review Blog):

  1. Beatles’ Blend Tea from Mighty Leaf
  2. Mable’s Rose Rooibos from Local Coffee & Tea
  3. You Put The… from 52Teas
  4. Organic Jasmine Scented Green Tea from LeafSpa
  5. Raspberry Champagne from Compass Teas
  6. Blueberry Kiwi White Tea from Boston Tea Company
  7. Sassy Green with Açaí from Village Tea
  8. Thé Au Chocolat from Lupicia
  9. Darjeeling Pussimbing Estate Reserve from Drink T
  10. Da Hong Pao from Harney & Sons

Here’s how to enter the contest:

Comment on this blog post.   Tell us which of these six teas you’re most excited to try.  Be sure to include a way to contact you in case you’re the lucky winner!

Wanna increase your chances of winning?  Here are a few ways you can earn an extra entry in the contest:

  1. “Like” us on Facebook and then include a comment on your Facebook page about the contest (include a link to the contest)!
  2. Blog about this contest on your blog and include a link to the contest on your blog!
  3. Comment in the Steepster forum thread about this contest and Follow Jennifer and Anne on Steepster.
  4. Tweet about this contest (include a link, please!) and if you haven’t already, follow Jennifer and Anne on Twitter.

This Contest is closed – the winner is teabird!  Congratulations, and enjoy your teas!  Watch for the next contest to be announced very soon!

Jasmine Tea from Sahara’s Supplies

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pouchong

Where to Buy:  Sahara’s Supplies on Etsy

Company Description:

Pouchong green tea from Fuzhou, China, scented with jasmine petals.

Taster’s Review:

I adore jasmine tea!

This jasmine is a little different from a typical jasmine green tea, because the leaves are Pouchong.  Pouchong teas are sometimes classified as green tea, but, they are actually an Oolong tea, because they are lightly oxidized.  I usually classify a Pouchong as separate from both green and Oolong teas, because even though it is “technically” an Oolong tea, it isn’t a typical Oolong.

I like the differences that the Pouchong tea brings to this cup.  The flavor is smoother and richer.  There is very little vegetative flavor, instead, there is a light nutty background that offers an interesting contrast to the sweet jasmine flavor.  This has a nice floral taste, but is less sharp than what I might experience with a jasmine green.

This tea is delicious served hot or iced.  If you choose to serve it iced, I do recommend adding a small amount of sweetener to punch up the flavor a bit, but, if consumed hot, it doesn’t need sweetener, it has a beautiful flavor without it.  Of course, if you prefer a sweeter tea, I would recommend a drizzle of honey with this one.  I like the way honey compliments jasmine!

Grand Pouchong from Tavalon

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pouchong

Where to Buy:  Tavalon

Company Description:

A lightly oxidized oolong tea with a subtle, sweet aroma and complex flavor.

Taster’s Review:

This is a sample that I received with a recent order from Tavalon.  Quite smart on Tavalon’s part – luring me in to yet another tea that I love!

You might be wondering what a Pouchong tea is.  It’s actually an Oolong, but I like to make the distinction between Pouchong vs. Oolong because, even though this is an Oolong tea, it has some significant differences in taste from, say, a greener Oolong or even a dark Oolong.  I have often heard that Pouchong is somewhere between green tea and Oolong tea, and I would agree with that assessment.

I have really enjoyed the Pouchong teas that I’ve tried and this Grand Pouchong from Tavalon is no exception:  it is absolutely delightful.  It has a roasted nut flavor to it that is sweet and even lightly caramel-y.  Toasty!  There is a distant fruit-like flavor that vaguely resembles one might get if they were to cross a peach and a cantaloupe!  There are also hints of flower in the taste – honeysuckle, perhaps?

It is truly an intriguing, complex cup that keeps me sipping to see what else I might uncover in the layers of flavor.

I prefer Pouchong teas served hot, and this is generally true for most teas that I would categorize as complex, because those complexities are more distinguishable when the tea is hot.  As the tea cools, some of the complex nuances of the tea tends to become muted as a result of the chilling process.  So, when you really want to enjoy a tea for its many layers of flavor, drink it hot.  When you’re looking for cool, thirst-quenching refreshment, drink it iced!

This has a natural sweetness to it that I compared to caramel – and it does!  So, I do recommend tasting it before you sweeten it.  Sweetener, in my opinion, would really overwhelm this tea.  Enjoy it in it’s pristine perfection!

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