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SarsyPie

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

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 30th, 2014

Pumpkin Guts! The dry leaves smell like pumpkin carving time. This is great for me, since I happen to love that time of year, as well as pumpkins. While steeping, the tea smells green and sweet. It smells only very faintly roasted.

The flavor is mild and a little more roastiness is apparent in the flavor than th...

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Superfine Taiwan Ali Shan Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 17th, 2014

I thought this oolong was ok, but not amazing. I've been drinking some outstanding oolongs lately. Maybe it's becoming harder to impress me!

I was feeling very lazy this AM, so I made the mistake of brewing this grandpa style with about a tsp of leaves in my Dr. Who mug at 208 degrees. I didn't get many pleasant ...

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Dong Ding from Yezi Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
May. 10th, 2014

This had a very green aroma and flavor, and while I liked it, I didn't pick up on any special scents or tastes. It just tasted like a slightly sweet greenish tea.

Absolutely drinkable, but there are several teas from a yezi that I like better, so I'll be sticking with those.

Edit 5/19/14 - I made this grandpa s...

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Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea from Yezi Tea

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 3rd, 2014

This tea is gorgeous. I'm a little bit in love, with a tea. I'm resisting the urge to write: "on nom nom" as the entire review, because that's probably not very helpful.

The dry tea smells like green tea, but after steeping, it smells like sweet flowers, with a little bit of berry. It smells like summer!

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Crane Monk - Light Oolong from Temple Road

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 15th, 2014

I snipped open the sample package and was immediately slammed with intense floral aroma, I am not saying it was overwhelming (because flowers make me happy) but it was incredibly intense! The aroma is an incredibly heady mix of orchids and hyacinth flowers with a sweet honeysuckle quality. The floral aroma fades to gre...

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Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea from Yezi Tea

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2014

Very sweet and yeasty, like freshly baking bread. There is also the intoxicating scent of honey and orchids with a small afterthought of allspice. Here is where it gets weird, the aroma reminds me of the smell of Amanita bisporigera aka Destroying Angel, the world's most toxic mushroom, and that is awesome. How is that...

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Li Shan Oolong Tea from Yezi Tea

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

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2014

The main floral aroma is honeysuckles, not so much the heady summery aroma of honeysuckles but the late spring early bloom where the flowers are just starting to open their petals. Hiding beneath the freshly blooming honeysuckles are notes of sweet honey and a touch of rose.

I was able to get four steeps using West...

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Nonpareil Taiwan DaYuLing High Mountain Cha Wang Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 8th, 2014

The aroma is spectacular. It is very rich, blending heady orchids and honeysuckle nectar with roasted chestnut and a hint of spinach. At the finish there is a slight sweet bread quality, specifically fresh yeasty bread drizzled with honey.

The Teavivre website recommends eight steeps for this tea, and I got eight st...

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Tiger Monk - Roasted Oolong from Temple Road

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 27th, 2014

The aroma of the dried leaves is quite intense, blending notes of caramelized sugar and roasted nuts with lesser notes of raisins. The tightly rolled leaves have a finishing aroma of coal and fresh wood. I was pleasantly surprised at how sweet the aroma is, it blends really well with the smoky coal finish. Once steeped...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Organic High Mountain Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 18th, 2014

I thought this tea was amazing. It went further than any tea I've had before at 5 cups with the same leaves, with a similar strength. I honestly think I could have brewed more, but my meeting was finished and I had to dump the remainder. I could gush about the vegetal taste of this tea, it was all I could want and mo...

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Dong Ding Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 7th, 2014

I especially enjoyed the roasty flavor of this tea. There definitely was a slight sweetness, which from my own preferences, I wasn't a huge fan of. I always find it impressive when I get a few cups of tea with similar strength off the same leaves, and this tea delivered. I've only had two oolongs from Eco-Cha so far...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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(Shan Lin Xi) High Mountain Concubine Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 23rd, 2014

The aroma of the loose leaves is a mix of roasted nuts, honey, and sesame seeds. It reminds of sesame honey candy and is quite delicious smelling. Brewing the leaves brings out vegetal qualities and sharp notes of fruit and osmanthus flowers. The liquid without the leaves have a roasted nuts and lettuce aroma.

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Dong Ding Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 21st, 2014

The aroma is richly roasted pine nuts and toasted chestnuts there are also notes of sweetness, baking bread and molasses. The steeped leaves with toasted nuts and tobacco with a hint of burnt chocolate.

The taste is honey sweet with notes of osmanthus, roasted nuts, molasses and cocoa. The next steeping brings out ...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Tsui Yu Jade Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 12th, 2014

I thought this tea was fantastic. I loved the vegetable flavors and light floral tone. The only thing I didn't like was the mild sweetness, but that hardly changes how much I enjoyed it. I also loved that I was able to brew four cups out of out one sample packet, without the tea loosing any flavor!

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Dong Ding Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 3rd, 2014

This tea just smells so freaking good. It is potent and tends to brew up strong, very roasty, so I recommend going easy on the leaf and/or the steeping time.

The cup is rich and dark cup, and the aroma is very complex, especially if sipping it gradually. Smells like roasted vegetables with a hint of the spent gunp...

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Jin Xuan Milk Oolong from Octavia Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

77 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 27th, 2014

A relatively mild, easy-to-brew oolong with a milky fragrance and lemony tang.

I recently tried a Jin Xuan oolong from the company Eco-Cha, and comparing it with this one was like night and day, as much as you can get with a green oolong. While that one was buttery, this tea was milky.

The dry leaf is very tight...

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Tsui Yu Jade Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 22nd, 2014

I loved this tea...it is extremely green and light for an oolong, and has a distinctive "tropical greenhouse" aroma. A little picky about brewing, but worth it because the results were pretty astounding when I figured out how to brew it to my liking.

Intensely floral and vegetal, like the inside of a greenhouse fil...

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(Shan Lin Xi) High Mountain Concubine Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 16th, 2014

A roasted tea with a mellow, warm, homey quality. I thought this an exceptional tea, definitely my favorite one sampled from Eco-Cha, but ranking among my favorite oolongs ever sampled.

The dry leaf smells of rich roast, with a background of honey-like qualities.

Upon brewing it becomes much more complex. Aroma...

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Jin Xuan Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 14th, 2014

A buttery-smooth oolong that was pleasing, but I thought a bit boring. I'm not familiar with Jin Xuan (other than reading about it), so it may be that I'm just not a fan of this varietal.

Dry leaf is not very aromatic, but the brewed cup is more so.

Buttery and vegetably, with a smooth, silky texture. The aroma...

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Organic High Mountain Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 9th, 2014

A rich and interesting oolong, different from anything I've tried before. Very pleasing.

Dry leaf is loosely packed, takes up a lot of space, and has a pleasant and multifaceted smell, floral but with a light roast.

The aroma on this is similar to a light-to-medium roast, but the flavor is surprisingly bold. Fl...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Tsui Yu Jade Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 7th, 2014

The aroma is herbaceous and sweet with notes of yeasty undertones. It reminds me of baking bread with herbs. Once steeped the aroma becomes more vegetal with undertones of sage. The liquid is herbal and sweet with floral tones.

I was lucky to get multiple steepings, the first one tasting vegetal and sweet. The seco...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

87 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 3rd, 2014

I loved this one, and it seems to grow on me each time I drink it. It is rich and bold any way I make it.

The leaf has a rich, warming aroma, not very roasted but more homey.

I love the way this tea tastes when brewed in a mug. It's very rich and actually quite bitter. There's a hint of cinnamon in the aroma, ...

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Amanda

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

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 31st, 2013

The aroma is heady and sweet with strong notes of orchid that fade into vegetal. Brewed the aroma of the leaves are still very sweet and floral with an underlying woody note.

The first steep is mild and sweet with subtle tastes. The second steep is much more intense with notes of vegetal and a sweet aftertaste. The...

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Organic High Mountain Oolong Tea from Eco-Cha

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 26th, 2013

This tea has a lovely aroma blending floral and vegetal with an underlying sweetness. The brewed tea has a mild, sweet, and floral aroma.

I was able to get several steeps out of this tea and they were all very enjoyable. Smooth mouthfeel, sweet and floral taste with end notes of fruit, and ending the final steep on...

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