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This scented Jin Xuan is slightly more nuanced and subdued than the other Milk Oolong I’m drinking alongside it. It distinctly and consistently smells and tastes of creamy mango pudding. Sometimes that mango morphs into peach yogurt, which is equally fun. The pink-orange stone fruits with cream vibe make for a nice springtime cup.

Oddly enough, I find this one to have a powdery texture, but that may be my relationship with those particular fruit notes.

Steep Count: 3

I had some roasted seaweed with the last cup and somehow that doubled the mango flavouring. Food pairings work in mysterious ways.

(2016 Spring Harvest)

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Mango, Peach, Umami, Vegetal, Yogurt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Why only an 80? For me, mango pudding is definitely a win. And then morphing into peach yogurt? Could it get any better?

CrowKettle

In a nutshell, a) the scented nature means it doesn’t resteep as well as I’d like and the flavours get static b) I don’t find myself wanting to drink it too often, c) it’s low on the reorder list, especially compared to the other amazing what-cha teas I’ve had.

But it is tasty, and I seem to like it more every time I drink it so I may tweak it. Ex- I started today preferring Teavivre’s milk oolong in a pinch, but now that I’m done I think I prefer how this one’s unique and less brutal flavouring progressed. This is my ongoing Steepster rating struggle and probably why no one should take me too seriously. XD

Daylon R Thomas

I remember it being on the light side Evol,especially compared to the Taiwaneese one, but I’m gonna double check.

Daylon R Thomas

Yeah, my note confirms it. I was debating on retrying it in my next What-Cha order, which is more than likely going to be A LOT of green oolongs with a few Darjeeling blacks.

CrowKettle

Yes! It’s currently the lightest scented jin xuan in my cupboard, which isn’t a bad thing but I was a tad underwhelmed when I tried it for the first time. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you both for unpacking that.

Totally feel your pain with the ongoing Steepster rating struggle, CrowKettle.

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Evol Ving Ness

Why only an 80? For me, mango pudding is definitely a win. And then morphing into peach yogurt? Could it get any better?

CrowKettle

In a nutshell, a) the scented nature means it doesn’t resteep as well as I’d like and the flavours get static b) I don’t find myself wanting to drink it too often, c) it’s low on the reorder list, especially compared to the other amazing what-cha teas I’ve had.

But it is tasty, and I seem to like it more every time I drink it so I may tweak it. Ex- I started today preferring Teavivre’s milk oolong in a pinch, but now that I’m done I think I prefer how this one’s unique and less brutal flavouring progressed. This is my ongoing Steepster rating struggle and probably why no one should take me too seriously. XD

Daylon R Thomas

I remember it being on the light side Evol,especially compared to the Taiwaneese one, but I’m gonna double check.

Daylon R Thomas

Yeah, my note confirms it. I was debating on retrying it in my next What-Cha order, which is more than likely going to be A LOT of green oolongs with a few Darjeeling blacks.

CrowKettle

Yes! It’s currently the lightest scented jin xuan in my cupboard, which isn’t a bad thing but I was a tad underwhelmed when I tried it for the first time. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you both for unpacking that.

Totally feel your pain with the ongoing Steepster rating struggle, CrowKettle.

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS/NOTES:

DESSERT FLAVOURS
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

FRUIT & BERRIES
Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Banana, Melon, Pineapple, Persimmon, Rhubarb, Passionfruit..

CITRUS
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)

SPICES
Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc. ALL the flowers!

VEGGIE/GRAIN NOTES
Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
Stevia, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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