Shangri-La Oolong

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Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Malt, Muscatel, Smoke
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Shangri-La Oolong tea (generally pronounced “wu-long”) is the mid-point blend between black tea and green tea in terms of oxidation. It is semi-oxidized and hence produces the characteristics of both green and black tea.

Oolong teas are among the ones that are treasured by tea connoisseurs due to its complexity in characteristics.


A stylish and spicy full-bodied tea with biscuity aromas and smooth tannins. Tending towards green aromas and black flavors, this oolong will intrigue both expert and beginner.


To brew the finest cup of Shangri-La Oolong, use about two grams (the amount of a single tea bag) of tea per 8.5 fl. oz. (a standard US cup) of water of temperature about 87℃ (190℉). In general, use not quite boiling water or let the water cool down for about 45 to 60 seconds after boiling. Steep for about 4 to 5 minutes to enjoy the complex flavors of oolong tea.

*Oolong tea is served without added milk and/or sugar.

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Gong Fu Sipdown (621)!

So, I know that Indian/Nepalese teas are not often brewed Gong Fu but the sample I received of this tea from Sipsby a while back was the perfect size for a Gong Fu session and it is an oolong tea (which are great Gong Fu, as a general rule of thumb). So, I made an exception and brewed it up Gong Fu anyway…

To be completely honest, I didn’t really enjoy it at all. I steeped a grand total of four infusions and after that I simply had to call it quits because I was having a near miserable time. The taste was very much like a black tea to me, rather than an oolong. The same brisk, bold flavour and astringency that I’d associate with a Darjeeling black – right down to the muscatel undertones. Now, it’s not that I don’t enjoy a good Darjeeling tea or tea with a comparable profile – but this degree of astringency was just unbearably unpleasant. Also, the tea had a strong smoky note to it that was also kind of unpleasant.

I thought it might mellow out as I progressed with infusions, but not much luck there. I mean, a little luck but the decline of the taste was so gradual that I just couldn’t picture myself sitting there and waiting it out.

C’est la vie. You can’t love them all.

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Malt, Muscatel, Smoke

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