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Alex Zorach

(1386 reviews)
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Taiwan Lapsang Souchong Black Tea from Organic Herbie

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

41 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Nov. 14th, 2018

This tea sorely disappointed me and left me feeling sad and empty. I thought from the description that I was going to like it, but the description was somewhere between severely misleading and blatantly wrong. Thank you to Organic Herbie for the free sample. But PLEASE, update the description for this tea because it is...

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Almond Oolong from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 26th, 2018

Thank you to my friend Joe for giving me this sample!

The aroma of the dry leaf is intense and intoxicating, an intense fragrance of marzipan or sweeet almond, like stinging your nose in a bottle of amaretto or almond extract. It's pretty much all flavoring; I can't discern any qualities of the underlying tea from t...

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Joe C.

(1 review)
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Formosa Oolong (Oolong #8) from Adagio Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 25th, 2018



This tea has a woody smell. It tastes of of coffee, chocolate and smoke but not overpoweringly. It is a full bodied tea with a malty taste. I have also found the taste changes drastically with brewing time. Shorter brews do not seem to produce the coffee/chocolate taste as much. It is never bitter unless over stee...

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Brytta Sóþword

(305 reviews)
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Almond Oolong from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

96 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 20th, 2018

This has turned out a surprise favorite. The aroma of the dry leaf is of fairly intense almond extract. After brewing, the almond aroma is still strong but a bit more blended and muted. The oolong and almond flavors work very nicely together. The tea also does pretty well with a second steeping. I may get this one in m...

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Formosa Oolong (Oolong #8) from Adagio Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

88 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 6th, 2018

I really enjoyed this tea. It reminded me of restaurant oolongs, except with more complexity and less astringency. It resteeps well, too. It isn't my favorite oolong, but it's a solid example of its type.

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Difflugia

(84 reviews)
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Smaragdine Green Tea from Tradition

Style: Green Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 21st, 2018

Tradition's "Smaragdine" (which just means "emerald-like") green tea is a longjing (dragon well) style tea from Taiwan. The sachets hold just under three grams of full-leaf tea that has some tips.

Like most green teas, it benefits from cooler water (165°) and shorter steeping times. The review is based on four minu...

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Alex Zorach

(1386 reviews)
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Black Tea Bar (Loose-leaf) from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

89 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 21st, 2018

I bought this at the H-Mart in Metuchen, NJ. The label didn't give me much of an idea of what to expect; all I knew was that it was Taiwan-grown black tea and was inexpensive. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this quickly became one of my favorite teas for daily drinking. I highly recommend it and would gladly b...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Formosa Super Fancy Black Dragon (o) from De Theefabriek

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

54 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 12th, 2018

Dark liquor, resteeps well, up to 4-5 times.
The first sip always mildly surprises me with its sweetness. It has a very mineral taste and there's a hint of smoke. I can kind of taste the advertised fruitiness in it if I concentrate, but that's not a descriptor that would have come to my mind.

I'm not generally a fa...

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emdash

(1 review)
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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 13th, 2018

I call Lapsang Souchong "campfire tea" and I love its smokey aroma. Sometimes smoke is all you taste, but not with this tea -- it has a lovely flavour behind the smoke. I don't usually buy tea on-line but this was worth the trouble.

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Superfine Taiwan Qing Xiang Dong Ding Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 8th, 2018

I wasn't as impressed with this as I was with the roasted version. It's pretty good, but nothing really stood out to me, and it lacks the complexity of the roasted version. Without the roast it's just another floral oolong to me. However, roasted Taiwanese oolongs are among my favorite teas, so maybe someone who loves ...

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Superfine Taiwan Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 3rd, 2018

This was one of the free samples I picked with my Teavivre order. I put most of the sample in my gaiwan, leaving just enough for a later western style brew. The dry leaves smell quite roasted, but also floral and somewhat woody. The first infusion has an aroma much like the dry leaves, but a bit more floral. The taste ...

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Infra

(6 reviews)
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Formosa Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

72 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 11th, 2018

The H&S Formosa Oolong was my first experience with Taiwanese oolong-style tea. As such, I had no idea what to expect going in to it.

Now, I'm not a really big oolong drinker. I mostly like blacks and Japanese greens. As such, my only other experience with oolong (at this time) is a Chinese TGY. Compared to that, th...

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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House Blend Oolong from Jasmine Pearl Tea Company

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

86 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 7th, 2018

This is a blend of Gui Fei and Jade oolongs, since the website doesn't make that clear. It has a very floral aroma, as expected. The first cup is clean with a honey-like sweetness, but it's more aromatic than flavorful. The second cup is more interesting: mild stone fruit notes appear, and the mouthfeel is thicker comp...

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Speckledgiraffe

(2 reviews)
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Formosa Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 17th, 2018

1st steep - 212F and approximately 4 min : 1.5 t or 1 heaping teaspoon : 12oz water

I was a bit concerned at first because the box aroma has a strong syrupy cherry amaretto smell to it. But once brewed, this tea has a mellow but present good black tea smell, and maybe a little nutty towards the end. There was no tra...

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ConradKay

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

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 13th, 2018

An overall, 'meh' tea. Was not milky or creamy at all, but that was expected. Had a cabbage taste which was the main thing I disliked about this tea. I would recommend this tea if you a fine with a strong vegetal taste.

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Peach Oolong (Peachy Oolong) from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

85 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 11th, 2018

Possibly not the best tea for you based on the other ratings on this tea. But I found it to be spectacular! It is a much darker oolong and could even be mistaken for a black tea by a non-enthusiast. It has an extremely peachy smell when you open up the box that flows through your nose. The taste is not very complex, an...

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Difflugia

(84 reviews)
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Taiwan High Mountain Green Tea from Starway (Tea King of China)

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 31st, 2017

The can calls this "green tea", but it's clearly a jade oolong. It's much better quality than Starway's other oolong teas. It's mediocre compared to other Taiwanese high mountain oolongs, but they're usually much more expensive than this.

The dry tea smells fresh, mellow and pleasant. There's no hint of a roast. The...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Grand Pouchong Oolong from Simon Lévelt

Style: Pouchong Tea – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

76 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 25th, 2017

My friend gave me some of this tea to try.

I'm not good at tasting the difference between different greenish oolongs. Jade oolong, four seasons, Tie Guanyin, they often taste almost the same to me. It was the same with this one at the first steeping.

The second cup tasted different, though, like jade oolong but g...

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D. Gray

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

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

95 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

I really loved this tea. It was the furthest I'd ever been in the direction of green oolongs when I tried it, so I was really surprised at the green, umami, mineral flavors. It was slightly buttery and more floral than the Nonpareil Taiwan Li Shan Oolong Tea. I liked that this one imparted a very relaxed feeling after ...

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Nonpareil Taiwan Li Shan Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Taichung, Taiwan

95 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

This is really unique, amazing tea. I really didn't find it all that floral. It was much more green, umami, mineral/salty, and had this buttery, rich body to it that really filled me up. The floral notes were there and ubiquitous, but not all that strong. I really liked that because some oolongs are just too heavy on t...

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Plowboy

(19 reviews)
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Ti Kuan Yin from Ten Ren Tea

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 3rd, 2017

Picked this up at an Asian market the other day and it's now my office tea. Very flavorful. No sweetness and just a mild bitterness. Quite smooth, not as "bright" as the assam I had at breakfast.

I followed the directions on the package and used boiling water and steeped 4 minutes.

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Hu-Kwa Tea from Mark T. Wendell

Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 19th, 2017

Full disclosure: I'm not really qualified to review teas, but...
I switched from coffee to tea a while back. I graduated to loose leaf not long ago. The only loose tea I could find was Twinings English Breakfast, which I enjoyed. Cruising the internet looking for a new teapot I came across Mark T. Wendell, which was a...

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D. Gray

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

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

To me, this tasted a lot like the FooJoy Tung Ting oolong, but with notes of milk, cream, and at times, almost a custard, that came and went. The floral notes were very similar, like gardenia. I did enjoy those milky notes, but they didn't stick around long. They were present for the first steeping, but were largely in...

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Tung Ting Oolong from Foojoy

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

95 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 10th, 2017

The scent of this is subtle, but the flavor is really wonderful. It's a lot like gardenias with hints of fruitiness and it sticks around in the mouth for a while. It's a very pleasing flavor and the floral aspect of it is deeper and more grounded than some of the lighter flowery flavors out there that can feel like the...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Formosa Jade Oolong from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Jade Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

58 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 25th, 2017

I bought this tea before and remember it as lovely and flowery, but when I bought more of it later, it just... wasn't so great.
It looks nice with the tightly rolled balls of leaves. It's got a kind of metallic taste that I find a bit unpleasant. That could be the jasmine-like taste that the product description mentio...

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