Gardenia Flower Oolong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
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Flavors
banana, Butter, Cream, Floral, Gardenias, Grass, Orchid, Peach, Sweet, Vegetal
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195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 oz / 120 ml

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  • “2022 sipdown no. 59 I feel terrible because I somehow made it through my entire order of this tea without ever making a note. I had this three times today (first, second, and third steeps) with...” Read full tasting note
  • “I received this generous 15 g free sample in an order I placed last fall, so I assume it is from the spring 2019 harvest. Gardenia is one of those flowers whose fragrance is sometimes hard for me...” Read full tasting note
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2022 sipdown no. 59

I feel terrible because I somehow made it through my entire order of this tea without ever making a note. I had this three times today (first, second, and third steeps) with every intention to thoughtfully consider what I would write in a note and didn’t. However, I can say that I have never tasted gardenias, but I can’t say I could taste anything specifically gardenia-like here. This was a delightful green oolong that I thoroughly enjoyed and would order again.

1st steep 200°F, 1 minute
2nd steep 200°F, 2 minutes 30 seconds
3rd steep 200°F, 4 minutes

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I received this generous 15 g free sample in an order I placed last fall, so I assume it is from the spring 2019 harvest. Gardenia is one of those flowers whose fragrance is sometimes hard for me to pin down in tea, so I was happy to get an example of what it’s supposed to taste like. I steeped 6 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 25, 20, 25, 30, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of gardenias, other heady flowers, peaches, and sweet cream. The first steep tastes strongly of gardenia, orchid, butter, cream, peach, banana, and grass. It’s simultaneously sweet and kind of waxy, and drying in the mouth. The banana and peach persist in the second and third steeps. I get a distinctly floral gardenia flavour as well. The banana becomes more prominent as the session goes on, especially if I let the tea cool. The tea develops a lovely, thick body with a gardenia aftertaste. The florals and grass take over by steep seven, and the session ends as one with a regular green oolong would, with floral, vegetal, and grassy notes.

Although some people might consider this oolong to be too perfumey, I like floral teas and enjoyed this one. I also think it would make a great cold brew.

Flavors: banana, Butter, Cream, Floral, Gardenias, Grass, Orchid, Peach, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
LuckyMe

I once had a gardenia scented oolong from Eco-Cha but wasn’t terribly impressed by it. Didn’t really have a distinct gardenia flavor. Tempted to order this one as Mountain Stream scented teas have generally been pretty good.

Leafhopper

I’m not terribly familiar with gardenia so I can’t vouch for how authentic the flavour is, but it seemed convincing to me.

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