I think this is the last flavored oolong sample I have from Todd & Holland, but I’ve been wrong about such things before. Not only do my teas become fruitful and multiply while I’m sleeping, apparently, they are also pretty good at hiding.

I had a Lupicia green tea with yuzu not too long ago, so I can’t say I haven’t had yuzu before. But I know I haven’t had yuzu oolong.

Before I read the packet and discovered that this contained yuzu, I thought it was grapefruit. That’s what I smelled when I tore open the packet. The oolong is rolled, and green looking.

I put this one through its paces (progressively longer steeps in gaiwan starting at 15 seconds at 195F), though I’ve concluded that for all the flavored oolongs I’ve tried so far, once is enough. They’re enjoyed just as well to my palate Western style.

The tea steeps pale yellow and clear, and smells more like lime than grapefruit after steeping. It also has a floral undertone.

The tea is sweeter than the green yuzu of the other day, which makes it more appealing to me. It has a smooth, almost heavy mouthfeel. Still without a baseline of actual yuzu, I’m tasting primarily lime, but with a grapefruit note as well, through all the steeps.

I like this better than the Lupicia green yuzu. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that what makes me like it better is that it captures the actual yuzu fruit less accurately than the Lupicia. But then, I’m not in a position to know what I don’t know.

Flavors: Floral, Grapefruit, Lime

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes


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