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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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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
Dec. 11th, 2013

I thought this tea was great. I could rave about it, but will settle for saying I loved the hint of flowers in the smell and the hearty vegetable soup taste it left in my mouth... practically a meal in itself. Now I just need to know, where can I buy some? Sign me up, I'm there!

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Nonpareil Taiwan DaYuLing High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 10th, 2013

My first time sampling Da Yu Ling, this was unexpectedly complex and interesting. It had a gingerbread and molasses quality that I've never before encountered in an oolong.

Dry leaf has a strong floral fragrance, similar to other green oolongs from Taiwan. Upon brewing though, this tea becomes much more interestin...

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Val1

(6 reviews)
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Taiwan Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

47 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 8th, 2013

Dark, severely roasted dry tea, and brown color brew. Taste is plain, not particularly harsh, but without any floral overtones. Very unexciting but not particularly unpleasant either, just acceptable. I feel, longer brewing time should be avoided. A second steep was not much different from the first one.

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Superfine Taiwan Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 4th, 2013

Green, amber, without excessive grassy astringency and bitterness, with interesting, intriguing flavor evoking forbidden, undesirable, queer associations, with some mawkishness when cooled. Will drink with care. The second steep, without adding fresh tea, was more pleasant.

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Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

27 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 4th, 2013

Green tea, flavorless, boring, below average ordinary green tea with slight soapiness. Brewed at 90 C for 5 minutes

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

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 1st, 2013

Dry leaves look as if green tea, however, the brew is light brown, slightly lighter color than Auspicious Ayame (a discontinued by Teavana oolong, my benchmark for Oolongs for now), good floral taste when cooled, but not as complex as Auspicious Ayame’s.
I brewed it 8 min. as the color did not seem dark enough whi...

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Superfine Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

13 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Nov. 27th, 2013

Taste resembles brewed field grass: very crude, plain, and left my stomach cramping for whole day.

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Nonpareil Taiwan Li Shan Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 19th, 2013

This tea was top-notch and was definitely the strongest of the Taiwanese oolongs I've tried yet from TeaVivre, both in aroma and flavor. Very bold flavor, yet while having a clear liquor, smooth mouthfeel, and refined floral fragrance, without any off qualities.

Dry leaf is tightly rolled and looks dark green with ...

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Superfine Taiwan Qing Xiang Dong Ding Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 12th, 2013

A very green (modern green style) oolong of very good quality! TeaVivre informes me that "Qing Xiang" means the tea is unroasted; I've seen this term refer to the floral fragrance of a green oolong--and this tea definitely delivers on such a claim. Yet another top-quality tea from TeaVivre!

The dry leaf is very gr...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Dong Ding Oolong from Tradition

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 10th, 2013

Beautiful jade green oolong with low oxidation and a bright, clear aroma and flavor. The natural sweetness is amazing! Aroma mirrors the sweetness but has distinct floral notes.

I have become very impressed by this brand, and the quality of their teas for very reasonable prices. One of my local Asian markets often ...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 7th, 2013

The aroma of this oolong is sweet and creamy with notes of fresh vegetation and lilacs. There is also a hint of nuttiness. Once it is brewed the aroma is still really sweet and creamy but it also has notes of green beans and a tiny hint of chestnut.

The taste is really sweet and really creamy, delightfully so! It i...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Superfine Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 18th, 2013

I enjoyed this oolong but, in contrast to the Dong Ding I recently sampled from TeaVivre, it did not jump out at me as outstanding quality, and it was perhaps a bit too smooth or mild for my tastes. I also found it was comparable in overall character to other examples of Ali Shan oolong that I've gotten for a much low...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Jade Oolong (Four Seasons Spring) from Rishi Tea

Style: Four Seasons Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 12th, 2013

The aroma of this oolong is very mild, not really vegetal but more like fresh vegetation growing on a spring day. It is also floral and a touch like fresh hay. Once brewed the aroma is much stronger and more floral, especially lilacs.

The tea is very mild, a touch vegetal with a bit of green beans and pine needles....

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Superfine Taiwan Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 9th, 2013

Definitely among the best oolongs I've sampled. Exceedingly pleasant, easy to brew and drink, and I'd imagine it would also be being pretty accessible.

This tea is marked as "moderately roasted"; it seems to tend slightly toward the greener side., close to what I've seen called a "traditional green" oolong, or a li...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Best Oolong Tea from Tradition

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 13th, 2013

My mother really loved oolong tea, and first introduced me to this one as a recommendation since she first found it in a local Asian market. She loved the convenience of the foil wrapped sachets that made it convenient for her to stick in her purse when traveling, and I came to love the clean, simple, green oolong flav...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Best Oolong Tea from Tradition

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

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

The best oolong I've had in a tea bag; nothing else comes close. Definitely up there with the top teas I've ever sampled from a tea bag.

Even in the bag, this smells like high-quality green oolong. Very similar to the two loose-leaf. The tea bag is fairly roomy, giving the leaf quite a lot of room to expand, and ...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Dong Ding Oolong from Tradition

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 28th, 2013

The aroma is lightly floral and lightly green with the usual earthiness I associate with oolongs.

The taste is slightly bitter, like a green, with hints of orange blossom and a hint of ginseng. The taste is both very pleasant and subtle.

After multiple brews the taste becomes more green and herbal and less flora...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 7th, 2013

An old review that I had planned on posting and that somehow slipped through the cracks.

The dry leaf of this tea was not very aromatic, which was a first for me among teas from this company, which normally are intensely fragrant, immediately when opening them. The tightly-rolled, dark colored leaves had only a fai...

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homais

(21 reviews)
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Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 5th, 2013

This is an unflavored milk oolong (teavivre has a different product that is the same thing but with milk flavor added), meaning that it's a pure oolong tea whose flavor is usually described as smooth or milky. I've been drinking it a lot lately, and trying it a number of different ways. What I've found in general is th...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Oriental Beauty from Teas Etc

Style: Oriental Beauty – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 5th, 2013

Definitely my favorite bai hao (oriental beauty) oolong yet. This is not a type of oolong I generally like, but I found this to be an atypical example of its style.

Significantly roasty aroma, and flavor is bolder, although less smooth.

I am curious...is this a competition winner because it was bolder in flavor ...

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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.

Tasting the tea, in a way it is...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 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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Alex Zorach

(1438 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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