The last time I ordered from Grand Tea they were kind enough to include a sample of this Oolong.

The leaves smell so floral and sweet, like honeysuckle, lily, rose and carnations all in one.

Using my gaiwan (it’s new and I wanted an excuse to christen it) was a good choice. The short steeps brought out the sweetness slowly and the floral tones clung to my tongue in the after taste.

If I had to pick one flower to compare to taste it would be lily, the scent of a lily matches the flavour. Matching scents and flavours is different but I hope you understand what I mean?

Further steeps become more buttery and rich to the point where it’s like drinking vegetable water. In a good way. The flowers are now vegetal with broccoli and fresh green spinach notes. Spinach being the dominant of the two, that green almost gritty taste that spinach has…yes! Just like that.

I know why I was craving Oolong now. This is heavenly! It’s been such a long time since an Oolong has given me a glow inside. The leaves are opening up beautifully too, revealing whole, large leaves with a red hue on the edge.

I can see why this tea is sold out.

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I’m 34 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

My rating system
I have my own way of rating teas that makes each one personal. I have different categories, I rate each tea depending on what it is made of. For example: I rate green teas in a different way to black teas or herbal teas. So black, white, green, Pu Erh, Rooibos, Oolong, blends and tisanes all have their own rating system. That way I can compare them with other teas of the same or similar type before for an adequate rating. And when I do give top marks which is very rare I am actually saying that I would love to drink that tea all day, every day if possible. It’s a tea that I would never turn down or not be in the mood for. So while I agree that no tea is 100% perfect (as nothing is) I am saying that it’s as close as it comes to it. After all, in my book the perfect teas (or close to perfect anyway) are ones that I could drink all the time. That is why you will find a high quality black or Oolong will not have as high a score as a cheap flavoured blend, they are simply not being compared in the same category.


Leicester, England, United Kingdom

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