Tea Advent Calendar – Day 23
From what I remember, this was a nutty roasted oolong. Enjoyable, but apparently not very memorable!
Flavors: Nutty, Toasted
“Tea Advent Calendar – Day 23 From what I remember, this was a nutty roasted oolong. Enjoyable, but apparently not very memorable!” Read full tasting note
“A powerful oolong, with heavy roasted flavors and a darkness to it that is enjoyable. Also got this on firesale on clearance I guess. Sad because I would buy more if it was available.” Read full tasting note
“I really like genmaicha and I enjoy oolongs, so I thought I would give this a try. The loose tea doesn’t smell like much, but the tiny rolled beads look fresh. The first steep (3 minutes) smells...” Read full tasting note
“I saw a 2oz bag on sale for $1.75 and was like, well obviously I HAVE to buy that. I’m not 100% sure I’m reviewing the right tea here. The name matches my order, but the name on the bag is “QiLan...” Read full tasting note
As gorgeous as the changing leaves in autumn, this lustrous, deep green oolong tea transforms into a golden amber infusion worthy of the season. Soft, fragrant, and delicately balanced with lingering toasted sweetness, this exquisite artisanal oolong is perfect to enjoy fireside or outside – under crisp blue skies.
Floral orchid and lily notes, soft, sweet, and lingering with toasted overtone.
Use 1-1.5 tsp of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to just before boiling (195 degrees/90 degrees Celsius) and steep for 3 minutes. For stronger flavor, use more tea leaves.
Ingredients: Oolong tea
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I really like genmaicha and I enjoy oolongs, so I thought I would give this a try. The loose tea doesn’t smell like much, but the tiny rolled beads look fresh.
The first steep (3 minutes) smells like toasted rice. It steeps a medium gold colour. The first sip brought a smile to my face. It is slightly sweet and tastes like toasted rice or grain, it also has hints of seaweed (but without the saltiness or vegetal flavour.)
The second steep (2 more minutes) tasted similar but has more flavour. The colour of the liquid was a bit darker and you can taste some tannins but no bitterness. The leaves has expanded to about five times their original volume and are dark green like kelp. There is almost a bit of sesame flavour to the tea, but not quite.
The third and fourth steeps were done in cooler water and produced pleasant and flavourful cups of tea. I suspect you could brew this tea many more times before it loses flavour.
Flavors: Grain, Seaweed, Sweet, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty
I saw a 2oz bag on sale for $1.75 and was like, well obviously I HAVE to buy that. I’m not 100% sure I’m reviewing the right tea here. The name matches my order, but the name on the bag is “QiLan Fired Oolong.” I can’t even find it on Teavana’s website so I think it’s been discontinued and I got it on clearance. But I am not getting anything like the flavors the other reviewers have described.
First steep: 3 min, 190 F. This actually tastes strongly like nori (seaweed used in sushi) to me. Very savory, not sweet at all. The leaves have started to unfurl on the long axis but not the short axis.
Second steep: 4 min, 190 F. Still savory, a little less nori, very smooth. The leaves have started to unfurl on the short axis.
Third steep: 5 min, 190 F. The leaves are fully open now. The taste is now light with more of an aftertaste.
Fourth steep: 6 min, 190 F. …yeah okay these leaves are done.
Since joining Steepster and reading through many tea notes, I’ve thought about how amazing it is that teas can have different scents and fragrances that I never would have associated with tea. Aromas such as wood, baked bread, and hay. It’s incredible that there are so many different variations and flavors, so many different experiences to be had, within one cup of tea.
I can finally say today that I’ve experienced this myself with this cup of oolong. I can see now what people mean when they say that a tea is reminiscent of warm, freshly baked bread. I get a sense of that here. It’s savory, but also sweet. The leaves themselves are very dark and smell almost fruity, though I’m not really tasting fruit in the brewed cup.
I’m not sure what is in this tea, but it is so calming. I feel completely relaxed and ready for sleep.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Fruity, Sweet
Sipdown! I forgot I was almost out of this one. Good news for me, because my cupboard is crazy full right now. (And I have two new tea orders on the way!)
This is a roasted oolong from Teavana. The roast on this is lighter than their discontinued Auspicious Ayame oolong. The taste is more floral and vegetal, even a little buttery, and not quite as dry. Personally, I enjoy both of them, but I would say that this one is more balanced in flavor. A solid choice for people who like oolongs, especially cozy roasted ones. I wish I’d had a little more leaf in my tin, though, because this particular steep was on the weak side. But I still enjoyed my last cup! Not sure yet if I’ll restock… It’s very drinkable, but it’s expensive, and I want to try more roasted oolongs from other companies and see how they compare.
This oolong is brilliant! It really does inspire thoughts of camping fireside drinking a nice hot tea after a long chilly hike. For me, teas that can bring back specific memories are invaluable.
This tea is very fragrant, has a toasty, roasted, woodsy scent. The taste isn’t bland, but not as strong; still satisfying. An all around delicious tea!
As I said a few days ago, I was curious to see how this one would taste as a cold brew. I steeped about a tablespoon in my water bottle in the fridge for eight hours. The cold brew turned out to be much different than I expected! It was roasty, of course, but more like a roasted grain flavor. Actually, I recently took a tour of the Sam Adams brewery where we were able to taste a bunch of their malts. This cold brew reminded me a lot of the caramel malts that we sampled at the brewery. It also has some bitterness that actually kind of works with the flavors rather than being distracting or off-putting.
Overall, I would say that I’m glad that I tried cold brewing because it was quite a surprising experiment. However, I prefer this tea hot over cold in terms of a smoother flavor. Also, with how overpriced this tea is, it seems like cold brews would just use up too much leaf too quickly. I only dared try it because I’m still using the free ounce I have from my Starbucks reward.