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This is much darker and roastier than I was expecting (which is not my favorite kind of oolong). For me this was slightly bitter, although I’m sensitive to those flavors—my mom didn’t seem to notice or be bothered by any bitterness. There are also some deep earthy flavors and a moderate amount of roastiness. Definitely a good dark oolong, but when I want something roasted I’m more likely to reach for a green.
Nice tippy leaf exhaling a faint sweet and nutsy aroma. It gives a fine cup with sweet fruity and floral notes. There is a hint of true muscatel. The whole aromatic profile is not as intense as one could expect for such a pricey tea. It is very fresh and likely to improve after a couple of months but if someone asks me if 150 g of this tea is worthy of $191.99 I’d certainly say No! I’ve cupped this tea in several ways since I received it. I feel I was a bit hard with it. It is particularly suited for gongfu cha style preparation (no flash wash, 8 g/100 ml , 6 steepings about 20 to 120 sec). At say $80/150 g it’d be a good buy.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey, Muscatel, Spices
Thanks to LiberTEAS, this is my first milk oolong. I am such a huge fan – it is sweet, and I am glad that it isn’t flavored at all so I can get a real idea about how a milik oolong should be. It is sweet and floral and creamy. I know, probably super generic sounding, but I am not the best at describing notes. I have been lusting after teas like this for such a long time, and I am so glad to have tried this one.
I am working on cleaning up samples that have bee n sitting around since January. This is a sample I received in the box I bought from LiberTEAS. Thank you for including this one.
I have been craving light oolongs, well really I have been craving the milk oolong from Gong Fu Tea, but I am trying my hardest not to purchase anything new for a bit. This is hitting the spot tonight. Light, creamy and buttery. Hints of floral. The later infusions became a bit more sweet and floral.
Aww I definitely wanted to drink Lupicia’s Cookie this morning, but I’m still trying to organize, and I think that tea got lost in the moving out/moving in process! Oh well, I’ll find it eventually. I have to find it!
Got this from the TTTTB
Dude. This is a great oolong.
It’s not as great as I remembered it, but it’s still pretty good! Tastes closer to a black tea with a touch of honey :)
In other news in my life:
Totally sprained my ankle yesterday, but a good night’s rest made it all better! Sorta…
I’m actually going to willingly walk into a Teavana today with a purpose wow. I’m a Starbucks Gold Card member and I’ve just reached my dozen drinks! So now it’s off to Teavana to get myself some Monkey Picked Oolong because that does seem like a great tea, but no way am I going to pay like $25 for 2oz okay. I love oolongs and I’ll definitely make my way through Teavana’s oolong selection… if I don’t pay for it ahha
I’m glad to hear your ankle is feeling better. Take it easy on it, and elevate as necessary. Enjoy your trip!
Teeny Tiny TTB!!
Ahhh I got the box today and it’s such a teeny little box but ALL THE TEAS INSIDE WOW THERE’S SO MANY.
I wanna try them all but there’s a TON and I know I won’t be able to.
I’m weighing out my tea. Using the smallest teacup I have, just a wee gram of each tea just to taste it and I’m taking what I want, and replacing it with one of my own.
First tea out of the box that I tried was this! Sadly, a lot of the teas smell similar since it’s such a teeny little thing, so I couldn’t really smell this tea, but steeping it, it smells so much nicer than the spice that I was getting earlier. A nice, bright oolong, and it tastes great as well. Not too strong, not too weak. A lovely tea and one I’ll definitely keep for myself hehe :)
An excellent Milk Oolong. Sweet, creamy, and delectable – just like you expect from a Milk Oolong. One of the better Milk Oolong teas that I’ve tasted.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/23/lishan-hong-xiang-milk-oolong-tea-t-oolong-tea/
From the LiberTEAS sampler I bought a while back
This is a truly delightful tea…it smells earthy and calm; one taste in and there are all these brown and woodsy notes with a great silky mouthfeel that just makes it a pleasure to drink.
Flavour-wise I pick up on some molasses-sweet notes (enhanced by the tsp of honey I poured in, I’m sure) on top of a set of flavours that make me think of stacks of seasoned firewood and the loamy smell of leaves in the forest in the fall. I grew up in Appalachia, so this is an amazingly comforting taste that hearkens back to childhood days spent on the mountain.
Overall, though, this tea is very…brown, in an earthy (and quite good) way. I’d drink it again, maybe with a little milk or something next time – I’d like to see the different permutations of this flavour profile.
I love LiShan Oolong tea, and T-Oolong Tea has always been impressive with its quality Oolong teas. This one is spectacular!
Sweet, exotic tasting flower with hints of fruit in the background. The floral notes of this tea are profound. A buttery tone to this as well. Vegetative notes with a creamy element.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/30/lishan-tian-fu-oolong-tea-t-oolong-tea/
Thank you, Sil, but no. This tastes like toasted wakame or nori.
Most definitely not what I want my tea to taste like. Let’s see if my brother likes it. :)
Notes of roasted nut, charcoal, and hints of sweet fruit come through in the first infusions. The flavor intensifies with subsequent infusions, and it becomes very deliciously roasty-toasty. I also notice creamy/buttery notes, and because of the toasty flavors, it almost tastes of browned butter. Sweet stone fruit notes.
Later infusions bring out a mineral-y sort of flavor, but it doesn’t really overwhelm the cup, there are just those notes off in the background. Mostly this tea is sweet with it’s fruity flavors, and delicious roasted nut flavors. Nice.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/11/02/muzha-tikuanyin-oolong-tea-from-t-oolong-tea/
another sipdown for the day….there’s hope of getting back to where i started on friday i think? the aroma of this one is malty and cocoa-ey. drinking this one, it’s your typical roasty, dark oolong. There’s none of that flavour that i dislike from roasty oolongs. I think i’ll enjoy the other steepings of this one as well.
An aroma of sweet molasses … evoking thoughts of my gramma’s kitchen when she’d bake a pecan pie. Not so much with the pecans, but, with the sweet molasses-y filling of the pie. YUM!
Fruit tones of nectarine and plum are accented with a honey-esque sweetness. There is a lot of sweetness to this cup, but there is also a welcome note of sour that offers the palate something different to taste.
A nice Oolong to spend an afternoon with … infusion after infusion … I get so much delightful flavor from this tea.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/10/honey-beauty-oolong-tea-from-t-oolong-tea/
A really, really nice Oriental Beauty Oolong. Sweet, deliciously fruity and a delightfully complex cuppa. I notice notes of plum (complete with a sweet and sour note), earthy, woody, and a hint of smokiness.
The flavors develop here as I continue to steep the leaves, so put this tea through its paces. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/23/hsin-chu-oriental-beauty-oolong-3-from-t-oolong-tea/
sipdown! i brewed this one alongside the other honey oolong from this company to be able to compare them in actuality rather than from memory… THIS ONE WINS. oh man…this has got the sweetness of the other one but there really is this caramely taste that accompanies this one. I actually would consider putting this in my cupboard… no idea how hard it is to get these teas here but i’ll have to look into it. thank you nofars and terri! yum!
sipdown! this is a really nice oolong. it’s a darker oolong but it doesn’t have the typical roasty flavour to it. Instead this is a sweet oolong – leaf hoppers always get me! there’s a bit of dryness left in my mouth when drinking this but over all this is a really nice tea!
Yesterday afternoon I thoroughly enjoyed this oolong, sent to me by NofarS. Thanks so much!
I steeped 4oz in my green oolong gaiwan, which is a lower wider gaiwan & it nice for giving the leaves room to open. The dry tea is super dark green nuggets, some almost black. There is a vaguely floral & vegetal aroma, so I was thinking this would be a floral tasting green.
My formula: 4 oz of tea – short steeps in rounds of 3 – pour the first one into a cup, & combine the 2nd & 3rd into a pitcher. This works nicely for me on most gongfu style teas, as I can’t just stand over the stove forever. This way I can brew some tea, go sit & teach, or whatever.
The first round: 4/6/8 seconds – Not floral at all! The taste was a little bready, light a mild sourdough, but not actually sour.
2nd round: 10/12/14 – the first cup was a little salty, but then the tea in the pitcher had a real nice sweetness to it, like honey drizzled over sourdough, but not really the flavor of honey, just a sweet taste.
3rd: 16/18/20 Still sourdough bread, only actually a little sour now, & still sweet. Also, at this point a floral hint started rising.
I think I did another round, but didn’t take notes.
And it’s a sipdown!
Thanks to NofarS for this sample!
This is a sweet honey essence with that spicy hint of coriander that all the leaf hopper bitten teas tend to share. Very tasty!
I actually brought your box with me to florida, so that I can finally start sampling more of them!