28 Tasting Notes

91

I agree that the tea has honey and vanilla in the aroma, but tasting I find notes of buttery artichoke and honeydew melon. Very nice tea with unique qualities and lingering flavor. One of the best teas I have found.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ceylon OPA by Ahmad Tea
28 tasting notes

Well, it’s tea. Very underwhelming. I’ve purchased budget-priced Ceylons in the past that I was satisfied with, so I figured why not give this one a try? I suppose if you like adding milk or sugar this tea is probably doable, but I like drinking my tea straight. Has some obvious Ceylon characteristics (hints of lemon, maltiness, leatheriness, etc), but the good stuff takes a back seat to the muddy harshness. I don’t know how they describe this as having a “golden color” and “light flavor,” because this tea brews pretty dark and has a harsh charcoaly taste that predominates.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 10 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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I bought a small tin about 1 year ago and thoroughly enjoyed! Can’t write a detailed review from memory, but as a tip to others I had great results steeping this tea as if it were a first flush Darjeeling (about 2 minutes). It does get very bitter beyond that timeframe. Now I have a 1 lb package on the way and will give a proper review/rating shortly.

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95

Great value oolong. Love this one. At $40/lb it is a good deal. If I did a blind taste test I would believe it was a nice straight oolong without flowers added. The osmanthus blosssoms are not nearly as in-your-face as rose petals or jasmine would be. In fact, the osmanthus seems to add more of the qualities I would expect from a very high-quality oolong. There is a nice fruity sweetness, some floral aspects, and a nice lingering flavor.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Pretty good. It is worth the extra money for the peony white tea, though. If I hadn’t experienced the peony white tea beforehand, I suppose could have been one of my staple teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Very nice and toasty, with grilled peach undertones as described. Very well-behaved tea with a lot of body. This would probably be great for blending with a more astringent first flush darjeeling that needs a little balance. I still have a bunch of Vahdam Teas, so I will try this blend idea out with the Giddahapar first flush.

Flavors: Peach, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Wow. Haven’t found an earl grey that I really like until now. This is excellent. Received a few sample bags with my Harney orders over time and finally tried this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

A light oolong with hints of watermelon, caramel, spearmint, and a buttery mouth feel. Very nice tea.

https://www.aprtea.com/chinese-zhang-ping-shui-xian-oolong-tea-fragrant-orchid-grade-one-250g/

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Melon, Spearmint

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 29 OZ / 857 ML

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70

Light on taste with standard Keemun notes – I couldn’t find much more than that going on with this one. My Hao Ya “B” from Harney and Sons outshines this one by a kilolumen, at a lower price point and easier shipping options. I am grateful for the opportunity to try this one out for free, but I will not be ordering this anytime soon. There are plenty of more interesting teas at AprTea, though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Very nice leathery mouth feel and honey flavor. Pretty straightforward and simple over all. Flavor lingers for a good while. Other notes are very much in the background, but still can be discerned, such as eucalyptus, orchid, mineral, and guava.

https://www.aprtea.com/chinese-fenghuang-dancong-oolong-tea-honey-rhyme-mellow-grade-one/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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