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D. Gray

(16 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

(31 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

(1311 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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Justin Walters

(8 reviews)
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China Oolong from Twinings

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2017

This light tea has a very unique flavor. It tastes very warm and toasty but is to hard to describe. The teas color is a very satisfying golden-yellow color and smells lovely. I definetly reccomend this great tea to anyone who wants to try something new! For all you know, it could be your new favorite flavor!

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Old Tree Shui Hsian from Harney and Sons

Style: Shui Hsien Oolong – Region: China

71 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
May. 28th, 2017

The dry leaf has an interesting shape, loosely curly, less long and wiry than most Wuyi oolong. It's intensely aromatic, smelling like roast and fruit; the fruitiness is quite astounding, it's maybe a little like dried peaches or apricots.

The brewed cup is very roasty, with notes of wood and hints of coffee. It's...

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Sheng

(4 reviews)
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Red Robe Da Hong Pao from Teasenz

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

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 25th, 2017

It's kind of strange that I've had so many Dan Cong oolongs in my life, but no oolong from Wuyishan. I guess that's because of my Chaozhou background. Given the fame of Dahongpao, I guess it's about time to try it out!

According to the vendor it's a 'banyan' type, meaning it's harvested near the scenic area of Wuyis...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Rou Gui Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Rou Gui – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
May. 5th, 2017

Overall this was more run-of-the-mill than I expected for such a high-end tea. My favorite thing about it was the smell of the dry leaf, the actual cup was good, but not as interesting.

The dry leaf smells incredibly beautiful...multifaceted too, lightly roasty, very fruity, like baked goods, suggesting sweetness, ...

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Jason Rowlands

(4 reviews)
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Royal Phoenix from The Tao of Tea

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 20th, 2017

This is a 2nd generation Mi-Lan varietal Dancong from the Phoenix Mountains (Fenghuang Shan) in Guangdong Province. I've heard amazing things about this type of Oolong and I must say, it does not disappoint. It tastes extremely elegant and well crafted. It is rather smooth and leaves a coating around your mouth along w...

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Monk

(19 reviews)
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Ti Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy) from Music City Tea

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

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 14th, 2017

I think this is a good example of Tie Guan Yin. This one is definitely of the greener, less oxidized and less roasted variety.

The dry leaf aroma is very pleasant and "green".
When brewed the aroma is very fresh veggie-like, with notes of butter, and floral as well. Not intensely floral, but it's there.
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ZO10: Oolong Se Chung from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Se Chung Oolong – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 9th, 2017

The reviews as well as the very low price intrigued me enough to buy a large order of this tea.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect as, while mostly positive, the reviews describe a wide range of flavors.

The rolled, snail-like leaf smells toasty. For some reason I expected a much greener aroma.

I loaded up 5 gr...

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ZO79: Zhang Ping Shui Hsian Oolong from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Shui Hsien Oolong – Region: Zhangping, Fujian, China

43 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 3rd, 2017

This one is actually currently available.
I ordered 2 15g samples about a month ago. The fact I still have some left is a clue as to what I think about it :)

I admit to buying this because it's a unique brick oolong. I also figured that given the high price it should be good.
I've since learned that price is not...

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Big Red Robe from Music City Tea

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 22nd, 2016

Yet another tea from this company that I've been ordering lately. Originally, I received a free sample of their Big Red Robe along with a few gaiwans I ordered from them. Since then I've been buying this tea regularly.

As I understand it, this is one of the "house teas" that comes from the owner's tea farming vil...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Hairy Crab Oolong Loose Tea from Murchie's Tea & Coffee Ltd

Style: Hairy Crab Oolong – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 16th, 2016

I thought this was a delightful tea. I have tried a Mao Xie before, and loved it, but it was an unbranded type that someone brought me back from China so I was not able to review it. This one was a lot like I remember it: pungent and a bit edgy and odd, but in a way that I liked.

The dry leaf has an aroma that is ...

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe from Verdant Tea

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 25th, 2016

Had this a couple of days ago. One of the best oolongs I have ever had. Slight to no astringency. Honey and floral notes with a slight buttery taste. Aroma was very much like a typical oolong with hints of burnt grass.

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Traditional Tieguanyin from Verdant Tea

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

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 7th, 2016

One of the first oolongs I've tried outside of a Chinese restaurant, so my palate is not well developed. I steeped this in my gaiwan with 5g of tea and 180-200 degree water.

The first and second steeps were reminiscent of fields and meadows. The aroma was sweet and smelled of hay and honey. The initial taste was ve...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Oolong Tea from Dynasty

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 20th, 2015

I used to drink Dynasty's tea bags regularly, around 2002-2005, before I got into loose-leaf tea. They're pretty good, and they were my fall-back when I was unable to find Ten Ren's (my favorite oolong in a tea bag, but not widely available).

This tea is only mildly aromatic, and it has a smooth, well-balanced flav...

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amaranto

(2 reviews)
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Mi Lan Dancong AAA from Jing Tea Shop

Style: Dancong Oolong – Region: Guangdong, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 8th, 2015

The dry leaf is medium-long and twisted in the same style as many dan congs. Its color ranges from deep brown to light golden-yellow. The leaves are generally whole, as would be expected of this grade. When steeping, the leaves unfurl very slowly, and it takes around six steeps to more or less open them completely. The...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Red Robe Da Hong Pao from Teasenz

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

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 5th, 2015

This tea smells really good, in fact I will go out on a limb and say this is the sweetest Da Hong Pao I have ever sniffed! There are strong notes of rich cocoa, hovering between dark and milk chocolate, toss in the notes of baking biscuits, moderate notes of slightly fruity pipe tobacco and autumn leaves, and finish of...

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Iron Buddha from Simply Good Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 22nd, 2015

This is a classic example of the "modern green style" of oolong, popular in Taiwan and China these days, with no discernable roast or oxidation.

The dry leaf is an intense green color with yellowish accents, not particularly tightly rolled, and not very aromatic.

As soon as water hits the leaves though, there's a...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Iron Buddha from Simply Good Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 8th, 2015

Great oolong! Subtle all around; light floral tones, light color, and light vegetable flavor all make for a pleasing drink. Tea left a buttery soft texture on my lips. Simply Good Teas lives up to their name; nothing overly fancy, but very good!

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Alex Zorach

(1311 reviews)
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Misty Rock from Simply Good Tea

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 5th, 2015

A classic Wuyi oolong of high quality, with whole, intact leaves and a complex aroma. The dry leaf has a pleasant roasty smell, with a honey-like floral note. I find the dry leaf very pleasing to smell.

Brews up a rather clear and light cup with a light flavor. The aroma is both roasty and floral with nutty notes...

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Brandy Oolong from Octavia Tea

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Fujian, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 19th, 2014

Wow. This tea is pretty exceptional...buttery smooth, but incredibly rich. The dominant notes are of dried fruit, like fig, date, or raisin. It does have a brandy-like quality. It lives up to the claim of "tremendously complex flavors" although I think it's the aroma that is most complex.

Flavor is bold, slightl...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Fujian Wuyi Big Red Robe 'Da Hong Pao' Oolong Tea from What-Cha

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 3rd, 2014

First off I can say that the dry leaves have a very rich aroma, a blend of char and sweet fruit, it reminds me of peaches and plums cooked over a grill and allowed to get that really yummy char and caramelized sugar aroma. There is also a distant aroma of orchids and a touch of tobacco, the finish has a slightly yeast...

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Fujian Qi Lan Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea from What-Cha

Style: Qi Lan Oolong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 19th, 2014

the aroma of the dried leaves is certainly a Yancha, I notice the tobacco and char notes that are so familiar, but they are much milder and joined by dried cherry and flowers, specifically hyacinths. Many rock oolongs are sweet, this one takes it too a whole new level, much like combining a Dan Cong and a Yancha for ul...

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Nonpareil Anxi Yun Xiang TieGuanYin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

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

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 18th, 2014

The aroma is richly roasted, as expected, with notes of char, roasted chestnuts, walnuts, pecans...this is a nutty tea! Finish that off with a distant orchid aroma and you have a very intense aroma, I do suggest sitting down if sniffing this tea.

That is a smooth start, smooth and rich, it begins with chestnuts and ...

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