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Monk

(19 reviews)
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Ti Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) from Music City Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2017

I think this is a good example of Tie Guan Yin. This one is definitely of the greener, less oxidized and less roasted variety.

The dry leaf aroma is very pleasant and "green".
When brewed the aroma is very fresh veggie-like, with notes of butter, and floral as well. Not intensely floral, but it's there.
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ZO79: Zhang Ping Shui Hsian Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shui Hsien Oolong – Region: Zhangping, Fujian, China

43 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 3rd, 2017

This one is actually currently available.
I ordered 2 15g samples about a month ago. The fact I still have some left is a clue as to what I think about it :)

I admit to buying this because it's a unique brick oolong. I also figured that given the high price it should be good.
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Big Red Robe from Music City Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 22nd, 2016

Yet another tea from this company that I've been ordering lately. Originally, I received a free sample of their Big Red Robe along with a few gaiwans I ordered from them. Since then I've been buying this tea regularly.

As I understand it, this is one of the "house teas" that comes from the owner's tea farming vil...

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe from Verdant Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 25th, 2016

Had this a couple of days ago. One of the best oolongs I have ever had. Slight to no astringency. Honey and floral notes with a slight buttery taste. Aroma was very much like a typical oolong with hints of burnt grass.

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Traditional Tieguanyin from Verdant Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 7th, 2016

One of the first oolongs I've tried outside of a Chinese restaurant, so my palate is not well developed. I steeped this in my gaiwan with 5g of tea and 180-200 degree water.

The first and second steeps were reminiscent of fields and meadows. The aroma was sweet and smelled of hay and honey. The initial taste was ve...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Red Robe Da Hong Pao from Teasenz

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 5th, 2015

This tea smells really good, in fact I will go out on a limb and say this is the sweetest Da Hong Pao I have ever sniffed! There are strong notes of rich cocoa, hovering between dark and milk chocolate, toss in the notes of baking biscuits, moderate notes of slightly fruity pipe tobacco and autumn leaves, and finish of...

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Iron Buddha from Simply Good Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 22nd, 2015

This is a classic example of the "modern green style" of oolong, popular in Taiwan and China these days, with no discernable roast or oxidation.

The dry leaf is an intense green color with yellowish accents, not particularly tightly rolled, and not very aromatic.

As soon as water hits the leaves though, there's a...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Iron Buddha from Simply Good Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 8th, 2015

Great oolong! Subtle all around; light floral tones, light color, and light vegetable flavor all make for a pleasing drink. Tea left a buttery soft texture on my lips. Simply Good Teas lives up to their name; nothing overly fancy, but very good!

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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Misty Rock from Simply Good Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 5th, 2015

A classic Wuyi oolong of high quality, with whole, intact leaves and a complex aroma. The dry leaf has a pleasant roasty smell, with a honey-like floral note. I find the dry leaf very pleasing to smell.

Brews up a rather clear and light cup with a light flavor. The aroma is both roasty and floral with nutty notes...

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Brandy Oolong from Octavia Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 19th, 2014

Wow. This tea is pretty exceptional...buttery smooth, but incredibly rich. The dominant notes are of dried fruit, like fig, date, or raisin. It does have a brandy-like quality. It lives up to the claim of "tremendously complex flavors" although I think it's the aroma that is most complex.

Flavor is bold, slightl...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Fujian Wuyi Big Red Robe 'Da Hong Pao' Oolong Tea from What-Cha

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 3rd, 2014

First off I can say that the dry leaves have a very rich aroma, a blend of char and sweet fruit, it reminds me of peaches and plums cooked over a grill and allowed to get that really yummy char and caramelized sugar aroma. There is also a distant aroma of orchids and a touch of tobacco, the finish has a slightly yeast...

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Fujian Qi Lan Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea from What-Cha

Style: Qi Lan Oolong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 19th, 2014

the aroma of the dried leaves is certainly a Yancha, I notice the tobacco and char notes that are so familiar, but they are much milder and joined by dried cherry and flowers, specifically hyacinths. Many rock oolongs are sweet, this one takes it too a whole new level, much like combining a Dan Cong and a Yancha for ul...

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Nonpareil Anxi Yun Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 18th, 2014

The aroma is richly roasted, as expected, with notes of char, roasted chestnuts, walnuts, pecans...this is a nutty tea! Finish that off with a distant orchid aroma and you have a very intense aroma, I do suggest sitting down if sniffing this tea.

That is a smooth start, smooth and rich, it begins with chestnuts and ...

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Kmidst

(14 reviews)

Da Hong Pao Manually Processed Medium Roast from Life in Teacup

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Fujian, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 13th, 2014

Well this is my first ever Da Hong Pao, and I'm really excited to review it (but not as much as I was to taste it)!

I brewed about 1.5 spoons (because the leaves are long) in about 9 oz of water at 200 F for 4 min.

The color of the tea is beautiful reddish amber (Alex, I think a good feature would be uploading pi...

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Brytta Sóþword

(284 reviews)
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Monkey-Picked Ti Kuan Yin from Foojoy

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 12th, 2014

Huh, I know this is an oolong tea but to me it tastes like a lighter version of the darjeelings I've tried recently. The scent and taste is a little more floral in nature with a lightly baked undertone. It goes together very smoothly. Not a bad tea at all, but not as impressive to me as some others. I had to add more l...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao) from Kedocay

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 3rd, 2014

There are notes of coal, honey, orchids, a tiny touch of cocoa, and a finish of yeasty bread. I absolutely love teas that have a smokey or empyreumatic (if you want to impress your friends) aroma, to me they are one of the most comforting aromas you can get.

The first steep puts me in a happy place, it is one of the...

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Brytta Sóþword

(284 reviews)
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Milk Oolong from Republic of Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 7th, 2014

I'm honestly not sure whether or not I'm tasting the "milky" quality intended, but silky and smooth are quite accurate. I would also say it has a soothing, muted, simple flavor. I've only tried a few straight oolongs and not been a big fan of them, but this one tastes quite comforting. It'd made a very nice everyday dr...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea Fujian from TeaVivre

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 26th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is a blend of sweetness and smoke. There are notes of baking bread, honey, tobacco, coal, and a finishing hint of cocoa. It is quite a fascinating aroma that is well balanced.

The first steep starts out sharply sweet, like honey coated tobacco with a strong note of coal. There is a great blend ...

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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Hand Picked Spring Tieguanyin from Verdant Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2014

Hello, Gorgeous! This is a freshly picked (May 2014) bright green-leafed aromatic wonder.

Method: 1 tbsp, 200 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: Smells *strongly* of honeysuckle and jasmine. Wow.

Brewing Aroma: In the brewing tea, the honeysuckle takes center stage. I can detect a lightly spicy no...

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Traditional Tieguanyin from Whispering Pines

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 31st, 2014

This was a good tea, but I wasn't blown away. Interestingly, the dry tea smells like pumpkin guts. That's the second time I've smelled tea leaves with this aroma within a week. It's very pleasant, but I'm a little confused.

That being said, I didn't pick up on any nuances in the flavor. The flavor here seems hea...

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Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe from Verdant Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 28th, 2014

Super. This tea is just excellent!

I like finding finer teas that do well with a Western-style brewing. I admit that I tend toward laziness, and there's just no time in the AM to pull out the gong fu set. While I expect that this tea would potentially be even more amazing brewed with short steeps, it was also won...

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Tie Guan Yin High Grade from Yezi Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 9th, 2014

The dry tea smells like matcha, with vanilla. I brewed this for 4 minutes using water at 205 degrees. The aroma while steeping smelled like hay, with hints of jasmine and another floral. Maybe it is the orchid that is mentioned in the tea's description. Not sure.

This has a mellow flavor, and the same florals fr...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Anxi Tie Guan Yin from Teasenz

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 8th, 2014

the aroma of this tea is heavenly, richly floral and very heady. I would go so far as to say the orchid and gardenia floral aroma is so intense that it is intoxicating, I might need to lay down. It is very sweet, like honey and flower nectar which is fitting with the intensity of the floral. This might actually have th...

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Tie Guan Yin Master Grade Oolong Tea from Yezi Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 12th, 2014

The aroma of this Tie Guan Yin is nothing short of heavenly, very floral and sweet. I mainly notice orchids and honeysuckles but for an extra treat I can pick out the aroma of scuppernongs.

I was able to get four steepings out of this tea. The taste starts out very floral, primarily orchids with a hint of lilac, it ...

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Alex Zorach

(1274 reviews)
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High Mountain Oolong Tea from Starway

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 19th, 2014

A smooth, but ultimately mediocre oolong. Very dark, not terribly bitter, but also very uninteresting. Most Chinese restaurants have tea with more of an interesting flavor and aroma.

Dry leaf has a mild, mellow aroma. Upon brewing, the roasted aroma comes out more.

The brewed cup has an oily film on top of it....

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