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Naivetea’s Dong Ding Review

Brand: Naivetea’s Dong Ding
Tea Rating: 92/100
Steep Time: 1 minutes
Steep Temperature: 200-205 Degrees
Price: 2oz tin of tea for $28/ 4oz for $50

 

First thing first, the tea originates from Dong Ding, Central Taiwan and is oxidized at 30% and roasted at 30% as well. The dry tea smells nutty and earthy, and is balanced nicely, with neither coming out more than the other.

Now onto steeping, I prepared this tea for steeping with one teaspoon of tea per 6oz of water and got multiple steeps out of the leaves at around 1 minute per steep. Let’s go watch the tea steep together;

The tea turns out to be a beautiful,striking golden yellow liquor. The first flavors in the tea I taste is a lightly roast quality. I also taste some nice sweet, toasted notes, which remind me a lot of a genmaicha’s sweet/ toasted notes. The combination of both of these flavors is very pleasing to my palate.

The tea is light and smooth in my mouth, and is not excessively heavy at all in my mouth. The tea rolls into my mouth and smoothly around my palate, which I like. This tea is toasted, roasted and sweet all at the same time. In my eyes, this tea would be perfect for people trying to get into the wonderful world of Oolong. This tea is a very balanced tea, and is perfect for those who are not into overly roasted or overly floral oolongs. This tea is a balance between the two.


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Golden Moon Tea Sugar Caramel Oolong

Brand: Golden Moon Tea Sugar Caramel Oolong
Tea Rating: 93/100
Steep Time: 2-3 minutes
Steep Temperature: 180 Degrees
Price:  3.8 oz tin of tea for $15.99

This tea is a flavored oolong. The dry leaf of this tea smells amazing. It smells like butterscotch candy, caramel and fresh birthday cake. That smell made me want to taste this tea immediately! The tea liquor was darker than I was expecting, it was a darker golden color, and smelled sweet and roasted with some very prominent burnt sugar overtones.
The taste of this tea is much milder than I was expecting, especially with such a powerful caramel overtones in both the dry leaf and the tea liquid. The caramel flavor is strongest on the front part of the my palate, as the tea is first entering my mouth for a sip, while I can still smell the caramel streaming up from the cup.  The oolong flavors in this tea pair nicely with the caramel flavors. These oolong flavors I get are some roasted flavors and some floral notes are prominent as well. There was also a hint of vegetal flavor, but I get much more buttery creaminess that I tasted in this oolong, which twists and turns amazingly with the caramel flavors in my mouth.
The second steep of this tea was not nearly as caramel heavy as the first. The caramel flavor was more subdued, there was still a very subtle sweetness to the tea.I really liked this tea, and I really like that it was more of a scented tea than a flavored tea. The flavors of the caramel were not artificial in taste at all, and tasted excellent paired with the oolong! I would definitely consider buying this tea, and it would be great to unwind with on a cold winter night.

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Review of Naiveteas’ Wen Shen Bao Zhong

Brand: Naiveteas’ Wen Shen Bao Zhong
Tea Rating: 93/100
Price: $12.00 for 1 oz. *  $21.00 for 2 oz * $39.00 for 4 oz.
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Tea description: “Premium grade Bao Zhong cultivated at the highest altitude tea farm in Ping Lin. Profuse floral aroma with hints of orchid and osmanthus. Soft mouth feel with light and smooth body. Delicate flavors with notes of fresh flowers. Refined fragrant aftertaste.

This tea, Web Shan Bao Zhong is cultivated at the highest altitude tea farm in Ping Lin, Taiwan.  This oolong tea is a lightly oxidized oolong, which has hints of both green and oolong. Oolong tea is more oxidized than green tea but less oxidized than black tea. Wen Shan Bao Zhong is sometimes referred to as a green oolong.  The first thing that I noticed is that the leaves are much larger than the small hand rolled balls of oolong teas that are popular.The dry leaves are a beautiful deep green color with hints of lighter green. The shape of the tea was twisted and long in length.  The dry leaves smell a bit nutty and roasted,and the tea really smells like it has been toasted.

I steeped this tea for about 2 minutes per steep with 195 degree water. Let’s steep the first two steeps of the tea together now….

The liquor was a bright yellow shade and the smell was intoxicatingly floral with a very slight underlying nutty scent. The first steep of the tea tasted very floral, and reminded me so much like orchids. It was amazing how much it tasted like orchids smelled. There are a lot of oolongs out there that are said to embody floral qualities, or to have orchid flavors, but this one was dead on in this description. The steeped tea leaves still smelled nutty as well as orchid-like.

The second steep was not nearly as floral as the first steep. The nutty scent was still identifiable, however it did not come through in the tasting in either steep. The second steep was much more mellow and was more vegetal. I really enjoyed how this tea was not astringent or tannic at all. It was a very pleasant tea to sip on.

The one thing I really enjoy about oolongs, is following the tea as the flavor changes and morphs with each subsequent steep. I have been consistently impressed by Naivetea’s offerings and this selection is no different. I would definitely recommend this tea!

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Shui Teas’ Four Seasons Oolong

Brand: Shui Tea Four Seasons Oolong
Tea Rating: 86/100
Steep Time: 2-3 minutes
Steep Temperature: 190 Degrees
Price: $5.00 for 1 oz/ $10.00 for 2 oz

This Oolong is sourced from the Ming Jian village, Nantou, Taiwan. This region of Taiwan is very mountainous,with varying elevations and climates, which makes a great tea producing area. This area is also one of the largest tea producing areas in Taiwan.  Four Seasons Oolong is also known as Evergreen Oolong, and is very lightly oxidized (5-15%) and is similar to some green teas.

First and foremost, the rolled oolong  is beautifully rolled, bright green leaves. They smell slightly floral and have a very heavy fresh scent as well. The color of the liquor is a golden yellow-green color. The best part of the tea is the flavor. This tea is pretty light, but its subtle flavors are fantastic. The first thing that hits me is the fresh, buttery mouth feel, which just paints the tea all over your palette.

The floral aroma of the steeped liquor really enhances the floral flavors in this tea, especially after a few infusions. From the third steep and on,  the floral aroma starts to calm down,but the sweet, floral taste is still there with a creamy finish, instead of the buttery flavor found in the first and second infusions. The finish of this tea was a very refreshing flavor, which was menthol like after you swallowed and breathing in. I really enjoyed this tea, and would recommend it to people who are just starting to get into Oolong Teas and are unsure which ones would be best to try. Thank you so much to Jim from Shui Tea for including some samples with my Matcha Bowl Order!

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Review of Teas Etc. Tung Ting

Brand: Teas Etc. Tung  Ting

Tea Rating: 73/100

Steep Time: 1-3 minutes

Steep Temperature: 190 Degrees

 

Tung Ting Oolong is also known as Jade Oolong, and is sourced out of Taiwan. In Taiwan, tea cultivation began in the early 1800’s, which is more recently than in other tea producing countries, like China or Japan. Since their beginnings with tea production, many Chinese teas that are grown in the Fujian Province, like Iron Goddess of Mercy, Silver Tips, and many other oolongs, are now also grown in Taiwan. It is believed that many Taiwanese families can trace their original roots back to the Fujian Province of China, which would show that the tea producing methods and culture migrated from this province to Taiwan with these families.

 

This Tung Ting Oolong is a very special oolong, different from some others that are popular, because it is a green oolong. Teas Etc’s Tung Ting is rolled into balls, which are reminiscent of the way Ti Kuan Yin Oolong looks. The dry leaves have a wonderful aroma, that is a bit fruity with subtle floral undertones. Unlike darker oolongs, which are known to have a smokey flavor and an amber appearance, green oolongs are much lighter in color and don’t exhibit any of that smokiness that is found in the darker ones. Green Oolongs receive very minimal oxidation, which revealed through this flavorful tea, which features honey, floral and fresh notes.This is a wonderful oolong. I’ve started to get into oolongs more and more recently, and I am really enjoying them. For me, the smell is slightly fruity but not overpowering. Just a good smell I love to breathe in when brewing a cup of this marvelous tea! The taste is full bodied, a little sweet and completely refreshing!

 

If you are new to oolongs, but love green teas, I would recommend this tea as it is a lighter, slight sweet tasting tea that is all around delicious.

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