Gaba Milk Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
Astringent, Caramel, Grass, Milk, Sweet, Vegetal, Butter, Cookie, Milky, Cream, Fruity, Mineral, Raisins, Spinach, Sweet Corn
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 oz / 80 ml

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One of the favorites of many from the group buy.
Many have asked for 100g+, doing 30g packages for now to spread it around :)

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1269 tasting notes

This appears to be no longer available on the website. Whoa. I started with a steep at 10 seconds. Caramel and better notes. Highly reminds me of ghee. Which is generally the butter they use for dipping crab and lobster in. Though not always. Ghee is clarified butter and technically even if you are allergic to dairy you can eat it. Steeping at 175 in a gaiwan. Porcelain and white. Now at … um… 30 seconds? I’m getting some apple, still ghee, and some buttered veggies. The wet leaf is very unique smelling. Kind of buttery but also like kids apple juice. Ooo and look at those leaves. Not fully unfurled yet but gives you a good sense of the expert processing. Lots of brown leaves but also some olive greens. The longer you steep (like with most tea) these all become a bit more intense but I honestly prefer the first quick steep. The second steep I am finding more of those fruity notes along with the ghee and… candied leaves? Hahaha good grief. I really can’t think of a better way to describe it. And buttered popcorn.

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I’m an outlier here, but I don’t think this is a very good tea. It reminds me a lot of Mandala’s milk oolong, which whipped me through the same excited-then-disappointed loop: both are quite vegetal, grassy, threatening astringency. The condensed milk and bakery notes are apparent on the nose, but the base doesn’t gather, doesn’t intensify, doesn’t help sustain those flavors through the sip. There’s no center.

I’ll take this to work. When all I can really manage to appreciate is the “oolong note” or “sheng note” of an otherwise meh tea, I do delight in those broad strokes.

This all said, this tea has made me feel VERY grateful that many of my first touches with “archetype teas” were from amazing vendors that really chose stand-out examples. How sad would it be to think I didn’t like milk oolong after a miss like this? Very! I’m specifically thinking of What-Cha’s milk oolong after this session… sofa king good. Aged oolong from Global Tea Hut is another that comes to mind.

Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Grass, Milk, Sweet, Vegetal

Skysamurai

What was the water temp you used?

beerandbeancurd

195ish, should I try lower?

Skysamurai

I’d say yeah. I mean, it should be able to handle 195 but I’d try between 160 – 175.

beerandbeancurd

Okay, experiment’s on!

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695 tasting notes

I am getting the buttery gourmand notes, especially in the smell. The first few infusions are light and a touch sweet. Not floral, but smooth and consistent body. The liquor is a bright orange.

This is a pretty good tea so far. I left one of the steeps too long and it did not come out bitter or astringent, just smooth and strong. The flavor profile is not as pleasurable to me as something like a TGY but I still really appreciate what this one brings to the table, it’s not too expensive either! Well balanced.

Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Milky

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
ashmanra

I noticed you said your rating system is in honor of K.S. Do you mean our Steepsterite who passed away in April about five years ago?

Barsomn

Yes I do. When I first got into Steepster I was reading a lot of his reviews on popular bagged teas. Then, I found his blog and got through some of that too. When it was time to adopt a rating system, I thought using something similar was the best way to honor his memory.

ashmanra

He was a wonderful person. I still have a letter or two that he sent me, and occasionally his wife and I correspond. Nice, nice folks.

Barsomn

Shame I didn’t get to have tea with him; most everyone I have met (online) through Steepster has been salt of the earth. Time spent conversing or buying/selling teas here is treasured. I wish her health and happiness despite everything that happened.

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1708 tasting notes

Craved this one. This oolong shows what oolong can do green and oxidized. Unusually balanced for a Gaba.

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