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Brytta Sóþword

(318 reviews)
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Four Seasons Oolong Tea from Health & Tea

Style: Four Seasons Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2014

A lovely, smooth oolong. I brought the water to 185 °F and steeped it for a few minutes. It has a hint of herbaceousness, almost floweriness, and overall tastes like a very solid, everyday tea. I wonder how it would do if left to steep longer, as I like my teas strong. I experienced no bitterness or anything unpleasan...

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Tung Ting Oolong Tea from Teapigs

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 2nd, 2014

Very interesting tea. It has a lightly green smell that's pleasant. Unfortunately, I overbrewed the first tea slightly, so it had a slight bitterness. But the kind of bitterness that I imagine people who like bitterness would actually enjoy. I overbrewed it because it looked pale and thin and seemed to diffuse rather s...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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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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Brytta Sóþword

(318 reviews)
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Jin Xuan Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 10th, 2014

Wow, this is quite a different tea from any others I've tried. Its flavor is at once vegetal, silky, savory, and a little salty. It's almost broth-like in its flavor and texture, but far more smooth. It tastes like a tea that would be good in the winter when you're craving something substantial and comforting, but not ...

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Ten Wu Fine Oolong from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 8th, 2014

Started off as a fairly nice cup of tea, but ended up a little bland for my taste. It didn't really feel distinctive to me. To be fair, though, pure oolongs aren't my favorite of the pure teas. The tea appeared to diffuse slowly and to, therefore, brew up weak for my taste. It didn't have any bad flavors, per se, but t...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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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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Brytta Sóþword

(318 reviews)
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Dong Ding Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 27th, 2014

I definitely noticed a nutty/roasted flavor and aroma in this tea. That isn't my favorite flavor to find in tea, but it tastes of good quality and would likely be very enjoyable to someone who *does* have that preference.

I brewed it at 195 °F and steeped it for 3 minutes. This gave it plenty of flavor without turn...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Tung Ting Oolong Tea from Teapigs

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 14th, 2014

This was an exceptional sacheted oolong! The smell was exquisite and so was the taste. This tea can be resteeped at least once, giving more for the money paid. Question remains... where can I get more?? I may need to mail order, as a friend brought this back for me from England.

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Alex Zorach

(1410 reviews)
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Tung Ting Oolong Tea from Teapigs

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 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.

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 ...

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geologyguy

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

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 12th, 2014

2 minute steep at a boil...flavor is vegetal like spinach...especially on the finish...smell is similar...slight mustiness...doesn't impress me much...but way more unique than black tea!

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SarsyPie

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

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 3 minutes and 8 minutes, brew in mug strainer

Dry Leaf And Brewing Aroma: milky and buttery with a little hint of floral

Flavor: this tea is very light and “green”. I sipped it a bit and found the flavors to be pleasant, but quiet. I put the strainer back in and steeped to ...

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

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 3 and 10 minutes, ForLife brew in mug strainer

Dry Leaf Aroma: The leaves had only a very faintly floral scent.

Brewing Aroma: Oh, THERE you are! This smells gorgeous! There's a very strong floral aroma, like jasmine, but not exactly jasmine.

Flavor: Smooth and flo...

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Taiwan High Mountain Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 3rd, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 195 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: Surprisingly non-floral. I didn’t smell much of anything.

Brewing Aroma: Buttery and floral.

Flavor: This is a great oolong! I have found that lightly oxidized oolongs tend to be my faves. I love picking out floral notes when I know the tea ha...

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Shan Ling Xi from Tea From Taiwan

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 26th, 2014

Method: 1 tsp, 8 oz, 182 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: milky and buttery, with a hint of floral

Brewing Aroma: more floral

Flavor: Solid. It's not my fave oolong, but I really have no complaints. The flavor is mild, as is the astringency. It has a dry finish, but nothing crazy. I would definit...

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Alishan Milky Oolong Tea from Teasenz

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 16th, 2014

It's not milky, but it is excellent.

Method: 1.5 tsp at 200 degrees, 3 min, French Press

Dry Leaf Aroma: Sweet fruits, melon

Brewing Aroma: Same

Flavor: I don't taste any of the usual milk flavors, and this doesn't seem especially creamy to me. That being said, I think it's an excellent tea. It's swee...

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Tsuei Luan from Tea From Taiwan

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 11th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 182 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: lightly floral with a hint of seaweed

Brewing Aroma: The seaweed is gone, and there's a very quiet floral scent. I can also detect what smells like a buttered spinach.

Flavor: This tea has a very pleasant mouthfeel, soft and buttery, with minimal...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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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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SarsyPie

(119 reviews)
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Zhu Shan Jin Xuan from Tea From Taiwan

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 5th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 205 degrees, 3 minutes

Dry Leaf Aroma: powdered milk, popcorn topping, butter. Back in the day, my parents used to buy this powdered faux butter popcorn topping. You would pop your corn and sprinkle it on. That's what these tea leaves smell like!

Brewing Aroma: Milky and sweet, with a hint ...

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Long Feng Xia from Tea From Taiwan

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

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

Method: 1 heaping tsp, 182 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: Floral and Fruity. Sweet. Smelled a little like baking cookies.

Brewing Aroma: Vanilla and lightly citrus

Flavor: This had a very thick and buttery feel. It reminded me of a very light vegetable broth. This was a very hearty tea! I think it woul...

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Four Season from Tea From Taiwan

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 5th, 2014

Method: 1 heaping tsp. @ 182 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: Floral and sweet, like honey

Brewing Aroma: Green and vegetal

Flavor: This has a lightly buttery taste, and a very slight bitterness. I can taste some of the floral from the aroma, and this also has a nutty finish in the first cup. The second ...

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Rui Feng Jin Xuan from Tea From Taiwan

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

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 5th, 2014

The dry leaf aroma smells very much like powdered milk to me. Once brewing begins, I can smell the creamy aroma, and definite hints of jasmine.

The flavor is sweet, but a little too faint at first. I try longer steepings, and I can detect a very light buttery flavor. I was hoping for more milky flavor in the brewed ...

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Tai Xing Jin Xuan from Tea From Taiwan

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 5th, 2014

I purchased the Spring 2014 batch in a sample pack. The tea has a lovely flavor and has a creamy feel, but I didn’t get the milky flavor I was hoping for. To be fair, I did eat recently, so I am going to brew this again and see what I come up with. I liked this tea, but I am hoping a second try will give me the chanc...

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Nonpareil Taiwan Li Shan Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 3rd, 2014

The dry tea smells lightly roasty and floral. While brewing, I can pick up some fruity aromas, like grape.

The flavor of the brewed tea is smooth and roasty. It has a subtle spinach flavor. I don't really taste any of the floral or fruity notes from the aroma, but that's ok, because I still really like this one...

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