This morning, I decided to try Taiwan Sweet Summer Oolong for the first time. The leaves smell woodsy, kind of herbal.

I brewed it at 205 for 3 minutes. The leaves expanded tremendously! I think that surprised me the most. They completely filled the basket on the Breville.

The scent, once steeped, is slightly sweet, kind of like honey, but without the weight or heaviness one would associate with it. The taste, yes, is also sweet, but with a touch of floral notes. Like an orchid, almost. It’s a nice tea, not as strong as I thought it would be based on the previous reviews. It has a slight tinge of bitterness and doesn’t seem quite as forgiving of a longer steep than other oolongs I’ve tried. Still, it’s very good.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m a middle school teacher of French, Spanish, ESL and reading intervention. I’m also a mom to two young children.

I’ve always been a tea lover. When I lived in France during college, I really loved the tisanes. Over the past couple of years, I’ve branched off into loose teas. I’m not very knowledgeable about teas, but I’m really loving the learning process!



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