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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Dong Ding Oolong from Tradition

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 12th, 2013

I was happy with this tea, and especially its reasonable price! To me, it had a subtle taste, like most oolongs, and I was happy with how smooth and soothing it was to drink. I'm hoping to buy some the next time I go to my local Asian supermarket :)

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Formosa Oolong (Oolong #8) from Adagio Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

73 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 2nd, 2012

The aroma of this tea is sweet with notes of loam, tobacco, raisins, old flowers (think orchids that are not rotten but are certainly on their last legs, smells heady and a little dead) and honey. There is a nice finishing note of smoke which gives this tea a real autumnal feel to it.

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Almond Oolong from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

53 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2012

The initial aroma of the leaves is unmistakably almond, sadly I do not smell any Oolong at first and that made me a bit hesitant. After brewing the smell of almond subsides and the oolong shows itself. The taste is very mild, light almond and Oolong flavors for an overall subtle tea.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Tung Ting from Teas Etc

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 27th, 2012

Very complex. Light, but bold.

Aroma is simultaneously floral and herbal. Strong, almost orchid-like fragrances emerge and vanish from an herbaceous background.

Even when unsweetened, it tastes like a bit of honey has been added.

This is one of the best examples of this tea that I've seen in this price range...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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A-Li-Son Oolong Tea from Tradition

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Chiayi (County), Taiwan

80 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 24th, 2012

I thought this tea was very good for its price! It was smooth and reminded me a little of chicken soup (odd, I know, but it had a comforting quality!) I'll definitely be having this tea again! :)

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Peach Oolong (Peachy Oolong) from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 9th, 2012

This tea smells like those gummy candy peach rings, which I don't particularly like. I'm not very fond of this tea, but I don't normally like peach flavored teas or teas with peachy notes very much. I added cream and sugar.

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Dr. Ted

(4 reviews)
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 19th, 2012

lthough Mark T Wendell carries a considerable number of teas, Hu-Kwa is their signature tea. It is said to be "the finest obtainable Lapsang Souchong ... from Taiwan." And it is the finest.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Lu Ming Organic Oolong Competition Excellence Grade from Life in Teacup

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 14th, 2012

I brewed a cup of this tea and set it down to go do something in the other room, and when I came back, the whole room was full of a wonderful aroma.

Brews a very clear cup with a golden or light amber color. Flavor is very smooth, with no detectable bitterness or astringency. This seems a lot like what I've seen s...

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gwen

(1 review)
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Eastern Beauty Oolong Tea from Teavana

Style: Oriental Beauty – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 5th, 2012

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO sad this tea is no longer available.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Formosa Oolong from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 19th, 2012

Broken-leaf, fairly dark.

More bite than a typical bai hao oolong; more black-tea like. Fairly strong roast, some woody tones, only a hint of fruitiness. I like this more than most Chinese oolongs in its price range and of a similarly dark roast, but in the end I'd rather pay a little more for whole-leaf oolong.
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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Formosa Oolong from Imperial Tea Garden

Style: Amber Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 19th, 2012

This tea is interesting. It has a kind of sweet, malty flavor. It has a kind of smoky aroma. I like it more than other oolong teas I've had, but I don't tend to like them a whole lot. I added cream and sugar.

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PatFam

(4 reviews)
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Grapefruit Oolong from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 8th, 2012

This tea has a great grapefruit aroma. The tea itself has a citrus flavor. There is also a woodsy oolong flavor underneath the grapefruit. The woodsy might have been the sunflower petals. I liked it with a small amount of natural rock sugar. My daughter likes it with a bit of lemon.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Formosa Pouchong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 4th, 2012

I really like pouchong / bao zhong tea, which is an extremely green oolong, sometimes described as a green tea. A while back, I had requested that Upton Tea Imports add a lower-priced Pouchong to their catalogue, and I was pleased to see that they added this tea. Upon trying it, I am really impressed: it is one of th...

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Sylvia

(214 reviews)
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Special Pouchong from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

40 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 2nd, 2011

This tea isn't as bad as I thought it would be, from the way the leaf smelled. It's mild, and not too vegetable-like. I added cream and sugar.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Taiwan Ruby Black Tea (Hong Yue Premium) from Rishi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 14th, 2011

I also found, like Synth, that this tea has a cooling quality. The aroma is malty up front, but it has a strong wintergreen quality to the aroma. Aroma is complex and hard to describe.

Very enjoyable and also rather interesting and different. I'm not sure I'd describe this as one of my favorite black teas, howeve...

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Bai Hao Premium from Rishi Tea

Style: Oriental Beauty – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 14th, 2011

I'm normally not a fan of this style of tea, but this one was my favorite yet, probably because it was atypical. Like many of Rishi's teas, this one ventured out into a bit edgier, bolder territory of flavor and aroma that I found to be more interesting and enjoyable.

Brews a darker-than-normal color. Aroma is sim...

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Special Pouchong from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Oct. 21st, 2011

This is the same tea that can be purchased in large boxes in some Asian markets. It is not the same as the loose-leaf teas sold in Ten-Ren's stores. After being impressed with Ten Ren's 3rd grade pouchong, this one, which is about the same price, was sorely disappointing.

Dry leaf, which is mostly larger pieces of...

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Pancakes

(23 reviews)
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Ten Wu Fine Oolong from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 28th, 2011

This is a green wulong tea from Taiwan, in tea bag form from Ten Ren. This is a complex tea, but its vegetal and floral characteristics stand out the most to me. There is also some slight sweetness, and the overall character is quite rich and smooth. I have some loose leaf King of Tieguanyin, another green wulong, that...

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Ti Kuan Yin from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 16th, 2011

First impression of this tea is that the aroma is pleasantly full and rich, very nice for a dark wulong. The liquid is dark golden brown, but it is not thick, opaque, or hazy, as some wulong teas from a tea bag can be. The taste of this tea is characteristic of a dark Tieguanyin, with a bit of a bitter aftertaste which...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Jade Oolong Tea from Wegmans

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 5th, 2011

A solidly good, classic, but perhaps slightly boring Taiwanese Jade Oolong. Sold for a surprisingly reasonable price!

Aroma is mostly of butter with a little honey and some faint floral tones. Buttery-smooth flavor: sweet, with no bitterness. To my tastes, a bit too buttery, and not very tea-like.

Leaves are e...

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Formosa Alishan Oolong from auraTeas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Chiayi (County), Taiwan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 7th, 2011

The scent of the dry leaves is of good green earth. They are very compressed. As they brew a green vegetal scent arises with a sharp, pleasant aroma of pineapple. The medium amber liquor tastes about the same, vegetal, pineapple, with a whiff of floral. The second infusion sadly loses the pineapple, as the floral o...

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Jean

(1 review)
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Formosa Milk Oolong (Spring Harvest) from Admari Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 19th, 2011

I keep trying many oolongs but this is by far my favorite!

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Bao Zhong Special Oolong Tea from Wegmans

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 20th, 2011

This is a very smooth, classic pouchong of considerably above-average quality. Aroma is fairly strong, mostly floral and honey-like. Remarkable for a pouchong of this price, there is a complete absence of unpleasant fishy tones, and there's very little astringency.

I found that a teaspoon of leaves could brew two ...

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Taiwan Ruby Black Tea (Hong Yue Premium) from Rishi Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 19th, 2011

this is the first hong yue / ruby black i've tried.

when i sip it, i primarily get a smooth, somewhat malty taste. the aroma is sweet, but there's also something else.. something cooling. i guess it's like aromatic, volatile terpene/camphor/evergreen/eucalyptus type of a smell&feeling.

it's certainly complex, a...

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Ti Guan Yin Oolong Tea from Wegmans

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 17th, 2011

Wow. This tea surprised me from the first sip, both with its quality and originality. This is not a run-of-the-mill Tie Guan Yin.

Aroma highly complex, with both floral and herbaceous tones present from the start. There's a honey-like quality and a slight but noticeable roast. Finish is woody, but in a gentle so...

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