Here’s to my other insatiable desire for ‘chocolate note’ black tea!

And backlog. What-Cha describes it having a carob profile, and I agree for the most part. I was surprised at how much this tea reminded me of an Assam in its smooth quality. The carob like notes are closer to an Assam. It also has a fruity, chocolate covered raisin aftertaste. Oddly enough, I’ve had the same taste in some coffee from Java. Could be my imagination. More carob and malt in the overall body. It’s a little too strong for my tastes, but I will again play around with the sample. When don’t I play around with the brewing parameters anyway?

Evol Ving Ness

Oh man, are you drinking all these now, tonight?

Daylon R Thomas

No. The ones I drank today are: leftover brewed Taiwan Milk Oolong from What-Cha, Oollo Baozhong, a Hawaiian tea that tasted like a Baozhong (Mauna Kea Green). Tonight: the Chou Shi, the Pine Oolong, and now UNYtea’s Alishan.

Daylon R Thomas

I am on a search for “the perfect green affordable oolong” AGAIN and totally neglected Andrew’s wise advise on them. I listened to him for a few months, then I went green oolong crazy again. I’m convinced its a seasonal thing. I love Taiwan green oolongs, but since they are so weather dependent and so delicate, finding a lasting staple of one is a pain in the wallet. Turned out I wanted ALishan or a Lishan, but every single time I have those varieties, the taste is different.

Evol Ving Ness

Impressive nonetheless. I’d be up till Tuesday with this lineup.

Evol Ving Ness

Non-attachment. I suspect that is the key. Each moment is unique. Each breath is unique.

Evol Ving Ness

What was Andrew’s wise advice on them?

Daylon R Thomas

To be careful and not splerge on them because they can become incredibly expensive.

ashmanra

I don’t know if this is what you are after, but I love Premium Silky Green from Bird Pick Tea, which they have listed as a green tea but which is without doubt (see lots of reviews) a green oolong. It is so buttery and delicious. If I ever get my cupboard whittled down I will buy some more.

Evol Ving Ness

Ah! I am guessing that we’ve all been ignoring that advice then.

And ashmanra, I am writing that one down on my future—distant future—purchase list. Thanks for the tip.

Daylon R Thomas

I’ve seen it. I’m pretty damn sure it’s a Jin Xuan-which have all been hit or misses for me. I did want to try it eventually.

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Evol Ving Ness

Oh man, are you drinking all these now, tonight?

Daylon R Thomas

No. The ones I drank today are: leftover brewed Taiwan Milk Oolong from What-Cha, Oollo Baozhong, a Hawaiian tea that tasted like a Baozhong (Mauna Kea Green). Tonight: the Chou Shi, the Pine Oolong, and now UNYtea’s Alishan.

Daylon R Thomas

I am on a search for “the perfect green affordable oolong” AGAIN and totally neglected Andrew’s wise advise on them. I listened to him for a few months, then I went green oolong crazy again. I’m convinced its a seasonal thing. I love Taiwan green oolongs, but since they are so weather dependent and so delicate, finding a lasting staple of one is a pain in the wallet. Turned out I wanted ALishan or a Lishan, but every single time I have those varieties, the taste is different.

Evol Ving Ness

Impressive nonetheless. I’d be up till Tuesday with this lineup.

Evol Ving Ness

Non-attachment. I suspect that is the key. Each moment is unique. Each breath is unique.

Evol Ving Ness

What was Andrew’s wise advice on them?

Daylon R Thomas

To be careful and not splerge on them because they can become incredibly expensive.

ashmanra

I don’t know if this is what you are after, but I love Premium Silky Green from Bird Pick Tea, which they have listed as a green tea but which is without doubt (see lots of reviews) a green oolong. It is so buttery and delicious. If I ever get my cupboard whittled down I will buy some more.

Evol Ving Ness

Ah! I am guessing that we’ve all been ignoring that advice then.

And ashmanra, I am writing that one down on my future—distant future—purchase list. Thanks for the tip.

Daylon R Thomas

I’ve seen it. I’m pretty damn sure it’s a Jin Xuan-which have all been hit or misses for me. I did want to try it eventually.

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First Off, Current Targets:
Taiwan Sourcing Luxurious Jade Sampler (FRICKIN’ PRICEY)
Taiwan Sourcing Longhan Nectar Red Oolong

The best Alishan and or Lishan for the best price
The best Jade Oolong Period.
The best Dancong Period.

What-Cha:
Nepal Jun Chiyabari ‘Himalayan Tippy’ Black Tea
Lishan (I’m always stocking up on it)

My wish list is fairly accurate though it is broad.

Current Favorites:
Shang Tea/Phoenix Tea:
Tangerine Blossom

Golden Tea Leaf Company:
Iris Orchid Dancong Oolong
Dung Ting Oolong (green)
Ali Mountain Oolong

What-Cha:
Taiwan Amber GABA Oolong
Vietnam Red Buffalo Oolong
China Yunnan Pure Bud Golden Snail Black Tea
Taiwan Lishan Oolong
Kenya ‘Rhino’ Premium White Tea

Hugo Tea: Vanilla Black Chai

Liquid Proust Teas:
French Toast Dianhong
Nostalgia

Floating Leaves Tea:
Dayuling

Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.:
“Old Style” Dong Ding

Me:

I am an MSU graduate about to become a high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii with a dominant Eastern Asian influence. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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