I couldn’t figure out where Blenz gets their loose leaf, all their website says is that they use only high quality loose leaf. Oh well, I’ll just create the tea under the coffee shop I guess.

This was one of the more interesting looking options available at Blendz. We don’t have one near my house, but I needed a drink on the road trip and happened across this shop. The rest of the teas were the usual sencha, chamomile, peppermint, English breakfast, etc. I don’t actually like charcoal roasted oolongs, but in the spirit of familiarizing myself with them, I figured why not?

I asked for this with some cold water added, but I think it was still steeped too hot or too long (still fairly hot water, about 3 minutes in a 650 or 700 mL cup, about 3 tsp looseleaf used). I would not recommend trying an oolong western style if you aren’t careful about the water temperature and leaf to water ratio. My tea ended up extremely bitter and almost undrinkable. However, I do think this was probably a decent oolong if it was steeped properly (less leaf and much shorter steep).

As far as the flavour of the oolong goes, I would describe it as being dark toasty, roasted, quite astringent and bitter in the aftertaste. The toasty flavour is nice, though, almost like grain and oats. Subtle floral (gardenia and nasturtium) and fruity notes, but no sweetness or tartness.

Flavors: Astringent, Biting, Bitter, Floral, Gardenias, Grain, Oats, Roasted, Tannic, Tea, Toasty

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, tumeric mushroom/fungus,

Animal products: [confectioners glaze, , marshmallows, , natural flavour, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb)


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