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Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Matara, Sri Lanka81 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 25th, 2017
I've reviewed over a hundred oolongs, and tried several oolongs from "unusual" places, i.e. countries that are not known for making oolong, including India, Kenya, Japan, and Nepal, but this is the first one I've tried from Sri Lanka.Read Full Review
It was very strange, and I'm glad I tried it, but it's the sort of tea I would hav...
Style: Hairy Crab Oolong – Region: China87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 16th, 2016
I thought this was a delightful tea. I have tried a Mao Xie before, and loved it, but it was an unbranded type that someone brought me back from China so I was not able to review it. This one was a lot like I remember it: pungent and a bit edgy and odd, but in a way that I liked.Read Full Review
The dry leaf has an aroma that is ...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nepal93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 25th, 2016
A singular tea! This was the first Nepal-grown Oolong that I've tried. I find oolongs from the Himalayan region (I've tried seven from Darjeeling) to be incredibly variable. This was probably my second-favorite and was among my favorite of all teas labeled as oolongs, although it bears little resemblance to oolongs o...Read Full Review
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2015
I used to drink Dynasty's tea bags regularly, around 2002-2005, before I got into loose-leaf tea. They're pretty good, and they were my fall-back when I was unable to find Ten Ren's (my favorite oolong in a tea bag, but not widely available).Read Full Review
This tea is only mildly aromatic, and it has a smooth, well-balanced flav...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Japan53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 9th, 2015
This is the first oolong tea I've ever tried from Japan, one of a few Japanese teas other than green teas that I've ever sampled. It has a classic oolong character, but I was disappointed, it just doesn't seem all that good.Read Full Review
The aroma of the dry leaf is pleasantly nutty, with light notes of roast. The dry leaf look...
Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: ?????47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 7th, 2015
A mediocre tea, disappointing among Se Chung oolongs, a fairly broad group of oolongs that I tend to enjoy a lot.Read Full Review
Dry leaf looks unusual for Se Chung oolongs, the leaves are mostly in long, twisted shapes like Wuyi oolongs, unlike the tightly-rolled shapes of Tie Guan Yin and other Anxi oolongs. The leaf is fairly ...
Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa47 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 16th, 2015
This tea was a disappointment and I don't recommend it. I sampled and reviewed this tea some time ago but forgot to post the review.Read Full Review
Dry leaf consists of long, intact wiry leaves with a slightly dusty look, and smells very different from any other pouchong I've tried, an intense smell of jam or fruit preserves, lik...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 29th, 2015
An interesting roasty oolong that had some flavor characteristics of aged oolongs. Thank you Kelsey for sharing this one with me. I really enjoyed the aroma, but I found it too sour for my tastes.Read Full Review
The dry leaf looks and smells like a typical moderate-to-dark roast oolong of good quality.
The brewed cup is really ...
Style: Four Seasons Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 31st, 2015
Outstanding. Probably the best Four Seasons oolong I've ever tried. Rishi consistently impresses me with their oolongs! Thank you to Kelsey for letting me brew this from your sample.Read Full Review
The dry leaf is a beautiful green color, very tightly rolled, and has a strong aroma suggesting shortbread cookies and a hint of sp...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 31st, 2015
A decent, run-of-the-mill oolong that tastes a lot like the ones served in Chinese restaurants. Sample from the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Festival; thank you to Sahpat Teas and Kelsey for sharing this one with me.Read Full Review
Leaf looks finely broken, and doesn't have the strongest smell, but upon brewing, becomes very aroma...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 23rd, 2015
Odd, just odd, and I didn't enjoy it very much. My first experience with GABA tea.Read Full Review
The dry leaf of this tea looks brown, like a moderately roasted oolong, and has a faint nutty aroma with hints of gingerbread cookie dough.
Upon brewing, the main thing I notice is the lack of obvious oolong aroma. The aroma is v...
Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 5th, 2015
I thought this tea was exquisite, probably my favorite Bao Zhong ever sampled, and among my favorite greener oolongs.Read Full Review
The dry leaf is quite fragrant, with a pleasant floral and vegetal aroma, and a hint of roast.
Upon brewing, the tea takes on a greener character than suggested by the smell of the dry leaf, and t...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China73 / 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.Read Full Review
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...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 17th, 2015
A versatile tea, rich but mellow, that I can see enjoying in any weather.Read Full Review
The dry leaf has unusually big rolled leaves that look more loosely-rolled than most ooloongs, and has a pleasant nutty aroma with vegetal and floral notes.
Upon brewing, produces a delightful, full-bodied cup with a rich nutty aroma. Ther...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China80 / 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.Read Full Review
Brews up a rather clear and light cup with a light flavor. The aroma is both roasty and floral with nutty notes...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China97 / 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.Read Full Review
Flavor is bold, slightl...
Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 22nd, 2014
Sampled in Velvet Sky in Jenkintown. Bao Zhong, or Pouchong, has been one of my favorite types of tea since I tried it, but I'm occasionally disappointed by it, and this is the fourth-worst example of it that I've tried. That may sound specific, it wasn't all that bad, but it was not close to my favorite example of t...Read Full Review
Style: Four Seasons Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 9th, 2014
I wrote this review last year, and somehow forgot to post it!Read Full Review
I tried this tea at the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Festival, and enjoyed it. I also took a sample, which I've since brewed a number of times.
Dry leaf smells a lot like a lightly-roasted traditional oolong, smelling pretty woody. Upon brewing, has a...
Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 21st, 2014
I loved this tea, and it was also very reasonable in price.Read Full Review
Dry leaf has an incredibly pleasant nutty and toasty aroma, much more toasty than any other pouchong or bao zhong tea. There's also a hint of honey and flowers.
The brewed cup has a beautiful balance of floral and nutty, toasty tones. There's a mild, h...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 13th, 2014
Whole-leaf tea in a sachet: this is an excellent rarity, in that it's outstanding green oolong in a tea bag.Read Full Review
I thought this tea was wonderful and among one of the best teas I've tried in a tea bag to date. The leaf is tightly rolled, visible through the sachet, and unfurls when brewing. Although the pyramid shape ...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 7th, 2014
Purchased from The Tea Lab in Lakewood, Ohio, for the reasonable price of $5 an ounce.Read Full Review
This is one of those rare teas that I was super enthusiastic to try. Oolongs were historically not produced in India, and it's even rarer to find one produced anywhere outside of Darjeeling. This is the first Indian-grown oolong...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China53 / 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.Read Full Review
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....
Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 6th, 2014
A dark, spicy, evolving dancong that resembled a black tea more than any other oolong I've tried. It would be top-notch, except that the flavor gave out after 2 steepings.Read Full Review
This is the second Dancong I've sampled from Octavia recently. I was curious if it would be similar to the first--but it's completely different...
Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 3rd, 2014
This tea just smells so freaking good. It is potent and tends to brew up strong, very roasty, so I recommend going easy on the leaf and/or the steeping time.Read Full Review
The cup is rich and dark cup, and the aroma is very complex, especially if sipping it gradually. Smells like roasted vegetables with a hint of the spent gunp...
Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 27th, 2014
A relatively mild, easy-to-brew oolong with a milky fragrance and lemony tang.Read Full Review
I recently tried a Jin Xuan oolong from the company Eco-Cha, and comparing it with this one was like night and day, as much as you can get with a green oolong. While that one was buttery, this tea was milky.
The dry leaf is very tight...
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