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Taiwan Amber Oolong from What-Cha

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 23rd, 2015

So, the aroma, well...it smells really good! I am getting notes of toasted peanuts, sesame seeds, pie crust...and is that marzipan? After sniffing a bit more, yep, that is definitely marzipan!

OMG, HOW!!! This tea taste exactly like peach cobbler with an oat crust and caramelized sugar, that is just uncanny! I kinda...

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Dong Ding Oolong from Tea Ave

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 17th, 2015

The aroma of the tightly curled leaves is, as expected, delightfully pleasant, with notes of sweet honey and toasted sesame seeds, there are also notes of spicebush, chestnut, and a gentle orchid note. This is a lightly roasted oolong so it still has the floral notes along with the sweetness that roasting brings out, T...

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Pouchong from Adagio Teas

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 8th, 2015

The aroma is intensely floral, hello notes of hyacinth, orchids, and a mellow finish of chestnuts. It is like flower nectar and mild, sweet, nuts, the aroma overall is fairly mild while also being heady.

First steep starts out pretty mild, and finishes pretty mild, it is a super mellow tea without much of a presence...

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Wen Shan Pouchong from Yezi Tea

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taipei County, Taiwan

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 7th, 2015

The aroma of the curly green leaves is like a spring themed explosion in my nose, there are intense notes of orchid, honeysuckle and lilac accompanied by fresh vegetation, mown hay, and a hint of sweet chestnut at the finish. It is powerful and heady, like being in a humid conservatory where everything is floral and i...

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Superfine Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 14th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is really quite sweet, like sesame candies with honey (ever had those things, they are delicious!) along with a touch of honeysuckle nectar and sweet cream, the cream notes border on buttery. Ok, so this just might be a Southern thing, but it reminds me a little of that super creamy honey butter f...

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Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 8th, 2014

The aroma of the dry and very green leaves is one of those 'just right' combination of notes, it is floral but not too heady, has notes of fresh vegetation without smelling too green, and notes of chestnut without being too nutty. The Goldilocks of smells. It reminds me of morning dew on an orchid, along with the summe...

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Nonpareil Taiwan Li Shan Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 29th, 2014

The aroma, well, often I find myself going ga-ga over the roasted oolongs, but wow, when I have a dance with a Gao Shan I wonder, why did I ever get seduced by roasted tea? It is so sweet and so very floral, like a bouquet of honeysuckles, hyacinth, orchids, and lilies, it is intensely floral and at the same time very ...

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Charcoal Roasted Dong Ding Oolong from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 26th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is delightfully rich, a blend of tobacco, bamboo coal, wood, earthiness, and a delightfully sweet sesame butter and honey finish. You can tell this tea was created by those who are very proficient in their art because it has the charcoal notes you expect, but they are mellow and it is not a ...

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Shan Lin Xi Premium High Mountain Oolong from Green Terrace Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 20th, 2014

The aroma is a very fresh smelling blend of buttery, a tiny bit of sesame seed nuttiness, mountain vegetation, sweet orchids, and a bit of fresh cream. It smells rich and clean, I do not say that often but the aroma reminds me of clean mountain air, which I should mention is a smell that I greatly miss.

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Honey Black Tea from Green Terrace Teas

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 20th, 2014

The aroma of these long, curly, leaves is indeed quite sweet and very rich! There are notes of honey, beet root, roasted peanuts, tobacco, and a touch of roses. I am not sure I have ever sniffed a dry leaf that was so complex and had all the aromas work together in harmony.

First steeping, well, that is certainly de...

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Medium Roast Dong Ding Oolong from Green Terrace Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 20th, 2014

The aroma of this particular roasted oolong is toasted and nutty, with notes of roasted nuts, sesame seeds, and fresh bread. There is also a tiny bit of fresh vegetation at the end. I find this amusing, like a little bit of the pre-roasted aroma hanging on.

The taste is exactly what one expects from a medium roasted...

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Buddha's Fingers from SerendipiTea

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 30th, 2014

The aroma of the little curled leaves is toasty and tasty! It is a blend of toasted sesame stems and tobacco with a touch of freshly broken green stems and a finish of coal. The aroma is more savory than sweet, reminding me of autumn fires at the end of a day.

This is a smooth tea in mouthfeel but slightly sharp in...

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Superfine Taiwan Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 10th, 2014

The aroma of the dried leaves is really neat, it is a blend of roasted and floral. You get notes of sweet roasted popcorn and barley, this fades to orchid and honeysuckle, which in turn fades to a subtle chestnut. The dried leaves smell delicious, I really like the balance between floral and roasted.

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Taiwan Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 5th, 2014

The aroma is quite rich, a blend of yeasty sweet bread, sharp muscatel, and sweet raw honey. There are also faint notes of loam and smoke at the finish. Overall the aroma of this tea is quite sweet.

The first sip fulfills the promise of warmth and richness from the aroma. At first the taste is richly sweet and musca...

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Ginseng Vitality Oolong from Teasenz

Style: Ginseng Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 8th, 2014

I found the aroma to be very green, like bamboo leaves and herbaceous like dill weed. There is also earthiness and the aroma of baked bread with a slight undertone of sweetness. The ginseng is an odd smelling herb, it gives a slight muskiness to the already herbaceous aroma.

The taste is strange yet good, it is the ...

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Red Jade Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 20th, 2014

The aroma of the curly long leaves is nothing short of complex, blending rich cocoa, roasted peanuts, cloves, a bit of barley, and a woody quality. The aroma is more savory than sweet, in fact it is all savory instead of sweet, with a strong and heavy presence. This is a tea that will be noticed!

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Crane Monk - Light Oolong from Temple Road

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 15th, 2014

I snipped open the sample package and was immediately slammed with intense floral aroma, I am not saying it was overwhelming (because flowers make me happy) but it was incredibly intense! The aroma is an incredibly heady mix of orchids and hyacinth flowers with a sweet honeysuckle quality. The floral aroma fades to gre...

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Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea from Yezi Tea

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

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

Very sweet and yeasty, like freshly baking bread. There is also the intoxicating scent of honey and orchids with a small afterthought of allspice. Here is where it gets weird, the aroma reminds me of the smell of Amanita bisporigera aka Destroying Angel, the world's most toxic mushroom, and that is awesome. How is that...

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Li Shan Oolong Tea from Yezi Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Chiayi, Taiwan

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

The main floral aroma is honeysuckles, not so much the heady summery aroma of honeysuckles but the late spring early bloom where the flowers are just starting to open their petals. Hiding beneath the freshly blooming honeysuckles are notes of sweet honey and a touch of rose.

I was able to get four steeps using West...

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Nonpareil Taiwan DaYuLing High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 8th, 2014

The aroma is spectacular. It is very rich, blending heady orchids and honeysuckle nectar with roasted chestnut and a hint of spinach. At the finish there is a slight sweet bread quality, specifically fresh yeasty bread drizzled with honey.

The Teavivre website recommends eight steeps for this tea, and I got eight st...

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Tiger Monk - Roasted Oolong from Temple Road

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 27th, 2014

The aroma of the dried leaves is quite intense, blending notes of caramelized sugar and roasted nuts with lesser notes of raisins. The tightly rolled leaves have a finishing aroma of coal and fresh wood. I was pleasantly surprised at how sweet the aroma is, it blends really well with the smoky coal finish. Once steeped...

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Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Concubine Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 23rd, 2014

The aroma of the loose leaves is a mix of roasted nuts, honey, and sesame seeds. It reminds of sesame honey candy and is quite delicious smelling. Brewing the leaves brings out vegetal qualities and sharp notes of fruit and osmanthus flowers. The liquid without the leaves have a roasted nuts and lettuce aroma.

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Dong Ding Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 21st, 2014

The aroma is richly roasted pine nuts and toasted chestnuts there are also notes of sweetness, baking bread and molasses. The steeped leaves with toasted nuts and tobacco with a hint of burnt chocolate.

The taste is honey sweet with notes of osmanthus, roasted nuts, molasses and cocoa. The next steeping brings out ...

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Tsui Yu Jade Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 7th, 2014

The aroma is herbaceous and sweet with notes of yeasty undertones. It reminds me of baking bread with herbs. Once steeped the aroma becomes more vegetal with undertones of sage. The liquid is herbal and sweet with floral tones.

I was lucky to get multiple steepings, the first one tasting vegetal and sweet. The seco...

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Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Black Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 4th, 2014

The aroma of this tea is strong and bright with floral, oaky, fruity, cocoa notes, and a hint of tobacco notes. It is very complex and fades from one aroma to the other. The brewed leaves start oaky, loamy, and slightly like fresh bread and then fade to lychee tones. The liquid loses all its woody tones and is sweet an...

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