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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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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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Kenya Hand Rolled Purple Varietal Oolong Tea from What-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Kenya

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 4th, 2015

The aroma of these dark twisty leaves is earthy and sweet, very sweet actually, blending notes of loam and mineral with plums, raisins, and honey. I will admit the earthy notes and sweet fruity notes mixing together are a little odd, though not unpleasant, my nose finds you intriguing oh great dark elf tea.

The fir...

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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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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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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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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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Bao Zhong from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: ?????

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 10th, 2014

The aroma is gently floral, like you expect from a 'greener' oolong, but much more delicate. There are notes of lily, lilac, and honeysuckle, it reminds me of spring rather than a heady orchid filled conservatory.

Ah, ok, that tea is exactly what I needed! It is light and sweet with a very clean floral quality, it t...

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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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Nepal 1st Flush 2014 Silver Oolong Tea from What-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nepal

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 24th, 2014

The aroma of these fluffy and silvery leaves is summed up as light, with notes of orange blossoms, cane sugar, a touch of undefined flowers, and a tiny hint of herbaceous green. It is like a blend of white tea, oolong, and delicate green tea, when I say that it is light, the aroma itself is very defined and has a prese...

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Nepal Monsoon Flush 2014 Pearl Oolong Tea from What-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nepal

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

The aroma of the little pearls is not very strong, I catch little whiffs of aromas, much like the tightly curled pearls are hiding their secrets from me. There are gentle notes of nuttiness and fruitiness, a mix of stone fruit and citrus, with just a tiny hint of sesame seeds.

The first steep is incredibly gentle a...

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Guangdong Big Black Leaf 'Da Wu Ye' Dan Cong Oolong Tea from What-Cha

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 4th, 2014

The aroma of the dry leaves is heady and very sweet, there are intense notes of orchid and orange blossom, this sweet flower nectar aroma also has a creamy quality and a hint of lychees and a tiny little blip of toasted sesame at the finish. I might have spent the entire time the tea kettle was heating up with my nose ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Guang Dong Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 14th, 2014

The aroma of the long, twisted leaves is a blend of sweet and sharp. There are notes of dried cherry and smoke with a finish of orchids and sweet potatoes.

The first steep is quite smooth, a very refreshing mouthfeel with really enjoyable effect that causes you to salivate. The taste is fairly light, a very sweet bl...

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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.

The first steep...

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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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