I bought this tea about a year ago and it’s currently out of stock. This is close to my last session. I steeped 5 g of leaf in an 85 ml teapot at 195F for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The first steep has muted notes of cream, flowers, cornhusk, veggies, and grass. Even when I got it, the flavours weren’t too prominent. There’s no bitterness, and the tea is more vegetal than sweet. Hints of pineapple show up occasionally. The tea has good staying power, not getting too one-dimentionally vegetal until the seventh or eighth steep.

Although I wouldn’t classify this as a “really great oolong,” as I remember the website suggests, it’s a pretty decent one. I admit my expectations might have been too high, since this oolong is from the Li Shan region and these teas tend to be more complex. I’ve had better luck with this company’s darker oolongs.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Cream, Floral, Grass, Pineapple, Vegetal

195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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Since I discovered Teavana’s Monkey Picked Oolong four years ago, I’ve been fascinated by loose-leaf tea. I’m glad to say that my oolong tastes have evolved, and that I now like nearly every tea that comes from Taiwan, oolong or not, particularly the bug-bitten varieties. I also find myself drinking Yunnan blacks and Darjeelings from time to time, as well as a few other curiosities.

However, while online reviews might make me feel like an expert, I know that I still have some work to do to actually pick up those flavours myself. I hope that by making me describe what I’m tasting, Steepster can improve my appreciation of teas I already enjoy and make me more open to new possibilities (maybe even puerh!).



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