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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Lao Cong Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

79 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

The name is accurate: it does smell like honey and flowers. Like Teavivre's Ya Shi Xiang and Da Wu Ye, it has a creamy mouthfeel and sweet, fruity taste. However, I'm not sure it's worth the price considering the cheaper Da Wu Ye from Teavivre or the cheaper and likely better Mi Lan Xiang from both Yunnan Sourcing and ...

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Da Wu Ye (Big Dark Leaf) Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

Bright floral aroma, creamy mouthfeel. Later infusions have a note of peach with a mildly spicy finish. Pretty much a stereotypical Dancong. I'd recommend this to someone who has never tried one before. If you have, there's nothing new here, but I don't think there's really anything bad about it either unless you're us...

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Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

78 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

I like floral teas, but this was a little too floral for me. Great creamy mouthfeel, though.

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Huang Guanyin (Yellow Goddess) Wuyi Rock Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

The dark chocolaty, floral aroma of the dry leaves is honestly the best thing about this tea. I spent a lot of time trying to get it to taste like it smells. I can get close with a lower temperature and the right brewing time, but it's never exact. Most of the time, the taste is slightly fruity and a little less roasty...

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Wuyi Shui Xian from Coffee and Tea Exchange

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

This is a very basic Wuyi oolong, with the deep, roasty flavor you'd expect. There's a caramel sweetness and the aroma has a bit of tobacco. I compared this to Teavivre's Da Hong Pao, and while the Teavivre DHP had a slight fruity note that was lacking here, I thought this compared pretty well otherwise. For $2, it's n...

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Ti Kuan Yin from Coffee and Tea Exchange

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

72 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 18th, 2018

Decent dark roast oolong, but nothing special. It had a nutty, caramel flavor that reminded me of Brazilian coffee. Considering it was only $2/ounce, I'd buy some again if I was in Chicago and low on oolongs, but it's not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Difflugia

(84 reviews)
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Da Hong Pao Tea from Starway (Tea King of China)

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 16th, 2018

The tea that I got is packaged in individual packets, each containing six grams (about three US tea bags worth) of relatively large, but broken pieces of tea leaf. It doesn't smell as strongly as most roasted oolongs, but it also doesn't smell overly roasted as inexpensive oolongs often do. Adding water brings out a bi...

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Oolong Tea from Wei-Chuan

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 11th, 2018

The standard tea bags are filled with chopped up tea. The heavily-roasted aroma is quite strong.

Oddly, the brewed tea isn't as aromatic as the dry tea bags. It's nice, but there's no complexity. It smells like tea that has already been steeped once.

The tea definitely tastes roasted. It's smooth and easy to dri...

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Ti Kuan Yin (Oolong Goddess) from Adagio Teas

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

68 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 11th, 2018

I wrote a review of this before, but I accidentally deleted it while trying to edit it. Now that I've had a few better examples of Tieguanyin, I don't think this is as good as I initially thought. It's fairly mediocre, actually, with little to distinguish it from other oolongs on the lighter but not quite green end. Br...

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Superfine Anxi Qing Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 6th, 2018

The aroma of the dry leaves is very floral, more so than any other Tieguanyin I've had, and the wet leaves are even more aromatic. I'm brewing this in my gaiwan, and after a quick rinse the first infusion is floral and vegetal, with a coolness in the finish that I usually find in Taiwanese oolongs. The second infusion ...

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Chinese Oolong from Bigelow Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 7th, 2018

A dark oolong with a nutty and buttery taste. It lacks the complexity of a higher quality oolong, but it has the advantage of being cheap and available at grocery stores. I actually prefer it cold brewed, and the ease of putting two bags in a water bottle overnight to take with me the next day is the only reason I'd ge...

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TarHeelTea

(1 review)
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Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe from Verdant Tea

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

75 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 23rd, 2018

I'll confess I tried this tea after being intrigued at reading the legend of the Big Red Robe. Glad I did. I wonder if a monkey really picked this?

This is my new favorite tea. It has more body and flavor than the more delicate oolong teas. I usually give it a bit more tea and a longer steep than the usual recommen...

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Alex Zorach

(1386 reviews)
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Wuyi Da Hong Pao from Harney and Sons

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

74 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 16th, 2018

This tea was good, but it just didn't wow me the way I would need a tea in this price range to do in order to want to buy it.

The dry leaf smells exquisite, multifaceted, and hard to describe. Although the color is dark, the smell resembles green teas in some ways. Softly toasty and bready, hinting at floral and s...

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ConradKay

(31 reviews)
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Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea Fujian from TeaVivre

Style: Da Hong Pao – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

92 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 12th, 2018

A truly great tea!
I brew this with one teaspoon of tea per cup(about 1.5 grams I think) And I get 3 steepings. The aroma is nice but indescribable, and the taste is almost the same way. It has nutty notes and is very... "minerally". A pretty good value at $17 per 100g but definitely not cheap either.

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sjs

(4 reviews)
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Oolong Se Chung from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 31st, 2018

Probably my favorite oolong, and one of my favorite teas — which is saying something, because I don’t care for most oolongs. I’ve been drinking it for years. I usually brew it to sort of a medium strength, using about 190-degree water (or in a pinch, whatever temperature of water comes out of the industrial cof...

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ConradKay

(31 reviews)
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Golden Flower from Adagio Teas

Style: Golden Osmanthus – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

This is my absolute favorite go-to green oolong tea. The aroma is pleasant and not very strong. But the aroma is the least of my worries when buying tea. The flavor is amazing, and I have trouble describing it. It lasts me 4 western style infusions and is an amazing value at 2.5 cents per cup when buying in pounds(or 1...

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BuggaBoo

(4 reviews)
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Iron Goddess (Oolong) from Caina Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 11th, 2017

Iron Goddess is the first Oolong tea I've had. It has this nice earthy/herbal, flowery flavor, almost a natural sweetness to it's taste. You can clearly imagine the taste by it's smell, which is very much the same. Caina says you want to steep 1tsp for about 30 seconds, with resteeping of the leaves about 5 times. This...

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Oolong-girl

(2 reviews)
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Huang Zhi Xiang Dan Cong Oolong from Tea Classico

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 9th, 2017

Very fruity and aromatic tea. More than 10 steeps can be done with 5 gr!

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Tien Kuan Yin (o) from De Theefabriek

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Fujian, China

62 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2017

I just find oolongs really difficult. I have three tightly rolled oolongs, including this one, and they taste almost identical to me. I feel like I'm giving ratings almost at random sometimes.

I know I used a very large amount of leaves this time. It has a soapy flavour (not in an unpleasant way) like jade oolongs, ...

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D. Gray

(24 reviews)
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Zheng Wei Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

95 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 30th, 2017

I was very impressed by this tea. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the reviews. But, I was very happy with it.

Firstly, this isn't what I'd call a full-bodied tea. It's not light, either. It's more in the middle. The notes are delicious and strong, but they don't fill up my entire palette. There's a lot of...

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Difflugia

(84 reviews)
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Milk Oolong Full-Leaf from Republic of Tea

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Fujian, China

0 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 29th, 2017

This tea is a lie. It's mediocre oolong that's been sprayed with caramel apple flavoring. Republic of Tea isn't always the highest quality, but I at least expected them to be honest. The can gives no indication that it's flavored and the website positively claims that it isn't. At first I doubted my own senses, but I w...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Finest Oolong from Simon Lévelt

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

This tea could almost be summarised in a single word: Nutty. It has an intensely nutty aroma and flavour. It also reminds me of dry autumn leaves (not that I've tasted many of those, but I can't shake the association). I'm not a fan of nutty teas, so I don't really enjoy this one.

This is the first tea I tried with ...

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D. Gray

(24 reviews)
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Ya Shi Xiang Phoenix Dan Cong Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 17th, 2017

The dry leaves look brown and have a lightly roasted scent with notes of sweetness and flowers. This is a bit deceptive because after rinsing, the leaves are a very deep green and don't appear so roasted anymore.

The tea has roasted notes, sweet and floral notes which are reminiscent of gardenia but are sweeter and ...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Tie Guan Yin Impérial from Unami

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I drank this tea in the Unami Maison de Thé in Lille. It was served prepared in a small teapot. This means it was made exactly as it should, though I didn't get to see any leaves.

This was my first time trying a Tie Guan Yin, so I chose the one that best fit my budget.
The liqueur is yellow. It has a nutty and woo...

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Alex Zorach

(1386 reviews)
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Magnolia Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Guangdong, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 22nd, 2017

This was my favorite oolong that I have sampled in a long time. After being let down by several oolongs from Harney & Sons, this one hit the spot.

The leaf, which is quite wiry, smells amazing and multifaceted: floral, fruity, toasty, spicy. There's a skunky note and a pleasant bready, baked-good quality. It seem...

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