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SarsyPie

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Member since Apr. 28th, 2014. Reviewed 119 teas.

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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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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, 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, 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, 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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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!

This ...

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