This smells like any other milk oolong in the bag – super buttery and rich, as do the steeped leaves and liquor. And yet, it’s pretty different. There’s the creamy, buttery notes, but depending on the sip, they keep shifting balance with notes of earth, tangy vegetal and ginseng.

I initially steeped this for four minutes and the leaves were still tightly rolled, and only the ginseng and earth notes were present. Another minute and a half made it much fuller and more complex.

There’s also a distinct cooling sensation in the finish. Like mint without the mint flavour. As I sip the cup I start to get an ever so slight dry mouth feel, and as it cools there’s a growing sweetness.

The second steep was very drinkable, a bit more vegetal and floral but not overly interesting.

Not my favourite milk oolong, but interesting and nice.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Earth, Floral, Sweet, Tangy, Vegetal

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I grew up drinking jasmine green tea with meals, but really fell in love with tea on a trip to Britain in elementary school. My first great love was Earl Grey, and I still adore it and all its variants.

I discovered the beauty of loose leaf tea much later, when, on impulse, I picked up a few teas that were on clearance at a home store. My introduction to loose leaf teas were Masala Chai and Provence Rooibos by the Metropolitan Tea Co and an unknown brand of kukicha and gyokuro (little did I know what a precious treasure I’d stumbled onto with that.)

At the time I was lucky to live in a place with multiple tea shops and several places to have afternoon tea, which is a delight I still miss.

Tea is part of my daily ritual and a nice, affordable way to appease the collector in me.

I enjoy distinctive whites, greens and oolongs, flavoured blacks, and herbals that are heavy on the citrus, lavender or mint.

Rating rubric, to give myself some consistency:
0-15 Yuck, not even drinkable.
16-30 Disappointing, not really inclined to give it a second try.
31-45 Disappointing, but maybe there’s potential? Worth one more try, prepped differently.
46-60 Mediocre, not terrible but not memorable.
61-75 Not bad. I’ll definitely finish what I have and might buy again.
76-90 Very enjoyable. Tasty, complex, it’ll keep me coming back.
91-100 BEST! I love everything about it and I will drink it forever.

Beyond tea, I’m a sex educator, polyamory activist, and radical queer. I love backwoods camping, abstract painting, baking & cooking, nail polish, cats, ceramic sculpture, and home nesting.


Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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