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Overpriced sachet splurge, but on a local American company from Michigan. For an easy working oolong, it’s been working, and I was pleasantly surprised.

The description is pretty spot on, but I’m actually curious about what the real oxidation. The leaf quality is pretty good and almost on point to some Lupicia for how intact the leaf is, but the thing that was interesting to me that this was more on the fruity side of Baozhongs. It’s not real heavy, but it’s more stone fruit or even red fruit. It struck me as vaguely canteloup like, but there’s some subtlety that makes it hard for me to narrow down.

The tea is definitely green, floral, and dominated by orchid like most Baozhongs are, but the fruit and creamy elements makes this have some resemblance to an Alishan Jin Xuan. I’m still guessing it’s a qing xin because it’s fruity enough to be one, but there’s enough fruity ness to make me think this has something else going on with it.

I’ve only done it western and in giant 16 oz mugs. It takes decently to longer steeping times in the mug, but it’s not quite as strong as it could be. It does well in a teapot or in a smaller serving. I have had to back off on the temperature a little bit-the heat can drown out the more subtle notes I love about this kind of tea.

Overall, I’m really excited to have some on hand from a company nearby my hometown. They’ve expanded their catalogue with some GABA and Jin Xuan, which you don’t see super often in sachet form, but it’s good. I will also say their watermelon oolongs are worth checking out too, especially for some excellent cold brews. As for this one, it’s my go to easy work oolong for now. Even one of my students really liked it-granted, she is nerdy enough to have her own tea pet.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Green, Lemongrass, Melon, Milk, Orchids, Red Fruits, Sweet, Warm Grass

ashmanra

Their Watermelon Oolong is soooooooo watermelony! Don’t let it languish though, as the flavor does fade, but while fairly fresh it is super fruity good.

Daylon R Thomas

I plowed through the last box and will likely finish this one before July. I actually liked it both hot and cold. The Golden Monkey I have has been languishing along with the Dong Ding…and Earl the Great. I’m not quite as concerned with those because they are darker teas, but thank you! I am also half tempted to get the Trappist Monk blend, but I don’t know since it is a darker Assam based tea.

ashmanra

Oh, I haven’t tried their Golden Monkey, don’t think they had it back when I ordered. I may need to take a look at that one!

Daylon R Thomas

It’s okay sachet. It does have a little bit of peachiness, but the tea was kinda flat.

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ashmanra

Their Watermelon Oolong is soooooooo watermelony! Don’t let it languish though, as the flavor does fade, but while fairly fresh it is super fruity good.

Daylon R Thomas

I plowed through the last box and will likely finish this one before July. I actually liked it both hot and cold. The Golden Monkey I have has been languishing along with the Dong Ding…and Earl the Great. I’m not quite as concerned with those because they are darker teas, but thank you! I am also half tempted to get the Trappist Monk blend, but I don’t know since it is a darker Assam based tea.

ashmanra

Oh, I haven’t tried their Golden Monkey, don’t think they had it back when I ordered. I may need to take a look at that one!

Daylon R Thomas

It’s okay sachet. It does have a little bit of peachiness, but the tea was kinda flat.

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Grand Crew Teas
Wuyi Origins Jin Jun Mei Sampler
What-Cha Jin Jun Mei
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

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I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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