Taiwan Amber Oolong Tea

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Oolong Tea
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Astringent, Caramel, Fruity, Roasted, Sweet, banana, Cannabis, Molasses, Brown Sugar, Nuts, Pastries, Peach, Pecan, Autumn Leaf Pile, Grapes, Honey, Plum, Roasted Nuts
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195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 7 oz / 207 ml

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An interesting oolong with a caramel taste and hints of ripe fruit.

Sourced direct from Mountain Tea who produce this tea in their Taiwanese tea garden in Nantou.

Tasting Notes:
- Very Smooth texture
- Sweet taste of honey and molasses

Origin: Wushe Garden, Nantou, Taiwan

Cultivar: Jin Xuan
Oxidation: 30%
Roast: 50%
Altitude: 1500m

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7 Tasting Notes

509 tasting notes

Backlog: sipdown. Sweet and roasted. Some notes of fruit and caramel, though none are strong.

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Roasted, Sweet

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1311 tasting notes

Tried to Gong Fu it, but messed up. Oh well. I got one 30 second sip and it was fairly peachy with brown sugar. I’m getting Amanda’s notes now plus some pecan. Definitely tastes like peach cobbler. I like it more this time. I need to finish Gong-fuing it next time.

Flavors: banana, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Nuts, Pastries, Peach, Pecan, Roasted

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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34 tasting notes

Light on first steep, caramel and dark later. Claims of honey, but not sure I see that.

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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921 tasting notes

I decided to pay a visit to the thrift store today, to my surprise they were having a 50% off sale on EVERYTHING. I was looking for a new teacup because my cat broke yet another one (so glad they like breaking my cheap thrift store finds instead of my expensive stuff) and found a nice new teacup, a Somayaki cup and creamer (which I will use for a Cha Hai, because why not) and an awesome antique table thing that will be completely redone into a tea table. I got it partially because I wanted a tea table I can sit at that is low to the ground, and also because if all goes well Ben and I will be moving in with a tea loving friend this summer and I want to have the most epic tea room.

So, it is Wednesday (though all week I keep thinking it is the wrong day) meaning it is time for What-Cha! I honestly think I am never going to succeed in my goal of trying all of the teas in that shop, because more keep arriving! New fancy ones from Malawi and Australia are the most recent ones that are making me check and double check my budget to see if I can swing another order soon. Usually I try to order once a season, stocking up on my favorite teas to drink that time of year…and a few favorites that I can’t seem to live without! So anyway, enough squeeing over future tea orders, today we are taking a look at Taiwan Amber Oolong! Yes, it is a roasted Oolong, because I have an obsession, this one is from Wushe Garden in Nantou Taiwan, this particular Oolong is roasted over the Longan Fruit tree’s wood, meaning some of that fruity goodness gets imparted into the tea (much like it is with smoking meat over fruit wood) and since this is a Jin Xuan cultivar, expect extra sweetness! So, the aroma, well…it smells really good! I am getting notes of toasted peanuts, sesame seeds, pie crust…and is that marzipan? After sniffing a bit more, yep, that is definitely marzipan!

The curled up leaves are tossed into the roasty-toasty Oolong Yixing for their happy bath, after which I give the leaves a thorough sniffing. So, this tea smells like pie. Specifically it smells like freshly baked peach pie, but with a nutty crust and a caramel drizzle. The liquid is super sweet and toasty, with notes of caramel, toasted nuts, pie crust, and a heaping pile of charcoal roasted peaches!

OMG, HOW!!! This tea taste exactly like peach cobbler with an oat crust and caramelized sugar, that is just uncanny! I kinda had to do a double take because I was sitting at my computer..took a sip…looked down at my cup, took another sip, and was totally blown away. It is sweet and toasted, with the toasted notes of oats and grain, and the sweet notes of fruit. That was an impressive first steep.

Second steep time, and I hope it still smells like pie. Hah, nope, now it smells like peach cobbler! Not a huge difference, except cobbler the way I had it had a crumbly oat crust, giving it more of a grain smell. The taste is still sweet and fruity, like a cobbler, but it has a sharper roasted taste. Along with that strong peach taste, there is also a nice cherry note and spicebush at the finish which lingers for quite a while.

Third steeping, the aroma is pretty mellow, blending peaches and toasted grains for a sweet yet subtle aroma. The taste has also mellowed out a bit, there is still a sweet peach and toasted grain taste, but it is a lot more subtle. Sadly this tea lacked staying power, but it made up for it in a crazy good taste, so I am not too sad, it has become a new staple in my ‘must have around’ collection because sometimes I really want a roasted Oolong but do not have the time for multiple steepings, and I hate having it go to waste, so this is perfect for a quick couple of steepings session.

For photos and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2015/04/what-cha-taiwan-amber-oolong-tea-review.html

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2442 tasting notes

Good evening! Trying another one from my What-Cha order tonight. I’m glad that I ordered such a variety of tea types, since that means I can keep trying new teas even when it’s too late to drink high-caffeine varieties. I’ve really enjoyed the lightly and moderately roasted rolled oolongs I’ve tried so far, and this one is reasonably priced so I added it to my order. The pellets are somewhere between green and brown in color, with a warmish hue. The dry scent reminds me of autumn leaves and nuts with a sweet edge. I followed the package instructions and steeped this at 185 degrees even though I usually go up to 200 for roasted oolongs.

Yum, this is a tasty one! Definitely one of the best roasted oolongs I’ve had thus far. The roasted nut notes are strong, and I would describe it as pecan. There’s also a nice caramel flavor mixed with sweet and slightly floral honey. Just a little bit of autumn leaf flavor that can sometimes dominate this type of tea. I can also taste a bit of that “ripe fruits” from the description, and I would describe it as plum or fresh grapes. Overall, it’s very tasty! Love those honey notes.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Grapes, Honey, Pecan, Plum, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Sweet

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

So tempted to order from What-Cha after seeing all these reviews recently…

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