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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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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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Alex Zorach

(1429 reviews)
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Pomelo Delight Black Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 12th, 2015

An intriguing tea that was unique, yet very easy to brew and drink!

The leaf looks more like a moderate-roast oolong than a black tea, both before and after steeping. It has an interesting aroma, very pleasant. Normally, citrus-flavored teas are blended with the fruit itself, zest from the peel, or extracts from t...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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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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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Bao Zhong Oolong Tea from Rishi Tea

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

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

If my heaven could exist in a teacup, I think I may have found it here.

I thought this tea was phenomenal. The silky smooth mouthfeel and the orchid, honeysuckle. and vegetal tones were to. die. for. I don't think I could get enough!

This tea lasts for multiple infusions; the first is by far the best, but I th...

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Alex Zorach

(1429 reviews)
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Bao Zhong Oolong Tea from Rishi Tea

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

90 / 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.

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...

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Formosa Oolong Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

77 / 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.

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...

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Ruby Black Tea (Whole Leaf) from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 13th, 2015

This is the best Ruby Black tea I've ever had and among the best black teas I've ever had. I was very impressed by last year's batch, but that was broken-leaf, and this one consists of large, whole leaves, and it's in a completely different category.

The dry leaf of this is incredibly aromatic, with a sweet, vegeta...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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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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MimiG

(46 reviews)
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Bio Pao Chung Pouchong from Teehaus Bachfischer

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 18th, 2015

Yummy! Brews up very pale yellow with an aroma of vegetables and/or nuts, maybe most like butternut squash. Tastes like squash too, a little. Very rich and full - unexpectedly delicious.

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Honey Black Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 5th, 2015

This tea is really lovely: sweet and not bitter. It's light but still has that black tea kick. The leaves are big and tough, I had to crush them to get them into my strainer. Yummy!

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Honey Black Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 1st, 2015

Wow, not what I was expecting from a black tea in a really good way! This sample came from the Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Expo.

Brews more like an oolong, which is right up my alley. Has the strong vegetable taste of cooked greens. No bitterness at the end. Slight natural sweetness. Floral tones in the dried lea...

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Lindsay

(20 reviews)
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Milk Jin Xuan Taiwanese Oolong from TeaLyra (TeaLux)

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2014



Oh, yum. So first of all, the scent of the dry tea is ridiculously sweet and creamy. It smells like some sort of candy, and makes me seriously question the notion that there are no flavourings involved in this tea. The leaves are very tightly rolled little balls. I used a generous teaspoon for 8oz of water, and tha...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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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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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Oolong Formosa from Sahpat Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 26th, 2014

This tea was really good, reminiscent of tea served at my favorite Chinese restaurant growing up.

Full yet mild flavor, with both steepings being rich. The leaf could have yielded more cups if had the time. The dried leaves smell like raisins!

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Alex Zorach

(1429 reviews)
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Orchid Bao Zhong Oolong Tea from Octavia Tea

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

67 / 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...

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Kmidst

(14 reviews)
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Dong Ding Oolong traditional medium roast from Life in Teacup

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 16th, 2014

Well perhaps on the website this may be considered a mid-grade tea, but I was really impressed by it. I now know what a quality oolong is supposed to taste and smell like. It's rich both in aroma and flavor, and lasts very well through multiple infusions. Infact, I experimented on the third and fourth infusions: It was...

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Dong Ding Oolong traditional greener style from Life in Teacup

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 14th, 2014

Mmm, very tasty. This tea beats other oolongs I've had that were three times the price. It's naturally really sweet, with a mellow nutty undertone. Creamy mouth-feel. The aroma is beautiful, thick and sweet. I could drink this tea all day.

Brewed a large teaspoon in 8oz water at 200F for 3 min.

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Alex Zorach

(1429 reviews)
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Honey Black Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 13th, 2014

A sample from the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Expo, and wow does it deliver on its name! An extremely smooth, naturally sweet, and somewhat peculiar tea, unlike any other.

The leaf is big, thick, and twisted, and takes up a huge amount of space relative to its weight. The leaf is completely unbroken, except for a ...

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Four Seasons Oolong Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Four Seasons Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

73 / 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!

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...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Bio Pao Chung Pouchong from Teehaus Bachfischer

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

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

This tea was amazing! I loved how vegetable-y it smelled and tasted, and how velvety it was going down. Mmmm. This has to be one of the best oolongs I've had in a while. It was a little sweet, but not overwhelming so. I'm very impressed!

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Mariko

(58 reviews)
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Tontin Oolong Tea from Gold Kili

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 25th, 2014

It should be noted right off the bat that I am not a connoisseur of oolong. I enjoy it, but there's not a lot of sophistication in my tea-drinking; I don't know a lot about different regional varieties, different methods of preparation, and so on.

Which perhaps makes this variety somewhat fitting for me. I bought it...

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Alex Zorach

(1429 reviews)
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Bio Pao Chung Pouchong from Teehaus Bachfischer

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 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.

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...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Superfine Taiwan Qing Xiang Dong Ding Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 6th, 2014

This tea was great! I got three brews out of it, all well flavored. The third was quite possibly the best. The second brew was a little too light for me,which could have been because I steeped it for a shorter time with cooler water. I loved the vegetable tones and how smooth it was!

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