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This was a free sample that came with my last TTC order. It’s one of their budget oolongs and not a tea that I would ordinarily buy. However, this humble si ji chun surpassed my admittedly low expectations.

Upon opening the pouch, intense aromas of hyacinth and orchid filled my nostrils. Following a rinse, the aroma changed to sweet cream and coconut. The first steeping was very fruity with pineapple and notes of tropical fruit. The second steep brought orange blossom and coconut. The next two infusions were milky , with wildflower nectar and honeycomb. After the first 4 steeps, the tea fizzled out and didn’t really have much left to give. A little disappointing considering I can count on at least 7-8 steeps from my gao shans, but then again this one costs far less.

Overall, this is a good daily drinker for those who like a fresh, floral focused tea. The only knock on it is it doesn’t go the distance of other teas, but at such a low price point you really can’t complain.

Flavors: Floral, Tropical

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Hm, I might look at that for daily drinking. Too bad I do not need 8 oz of it. 22 bucks though is a bargain for that amount.

Daylon R Thomas

I wonder if it words western and grandpa style for a tumbler.

LuckyMe

Yeah, you can’t beat the price per gram of this tea but I’d go with one that has more staying power. What-Cha’s Taiwan jade oolong has a similar flavor profile and gets you twice as many infusions.

I western steeped my last teaspoon of this tea and it was pretty good, although fairly light.

Daylon R Thomas

Thanks! That jade oolong is one of the few daily drinkers that I’ve really liked…though I end up getting more of the Li Shan anyway lol.

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Daylon R Thomas

Hm, I might look at that for daily drinking. Too bad I do not need 8 oz of it. 22 bucks though is a bargain for that amount.

Daylon R Thomas

I wonder if it words western and grandpa style for a tumbler.

LuckyMe

Yeah, you can’t beat the price per gram of this tea but I’d go with one that has more staying power. What-Cha’s Taiwan jade oolong has a similar flavor profile and gets you twice as many infusions.

I western steeped my last teaspoon of this tea and it was pretty good, although fairly light.

Daylon R Thomas

Thanks! That jade oolong is one of the few daily drinkers that I’ve really liked…though I end up getting more of the Li Shan anyway lol.

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

Other non-tea interests include: cooking, reading, nature, philosophy, MMA, traveling when I can, and of course putzing around on the interwebs.

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