Pinglin Bao Chung from Terroir Tea Merchant. . .

Terroir Tea’s claim to fame is telling you about the terroir (origin of the tea, including environment, location, soil, climate, etc). Which is totally one of those things I love to know. Where did this come from? Who grew it? Can I go meet them?

This particular tea comes from a place that allegedly smells like tea all the time because said tea is drying outside.

I dare you to find a better location, except for maybe Disney World or something.

What I like about this tea (aside from knowing about the enchanted town from whence it came) is how very light and buttery it is. The color hardly changes at all during steeping, so you have to TRUST that it’s steeped after a few minutes. It’s very airy and floral and sweet. It’s like a Precious Moments figurine of an angel.

I joke about Precious Moments figurines a LOT, but it’s mostly because I intend to become the kind of old lady who collects the heck out of them. I love their… little… faces.

I know I wear all black every day, and own more than one Marilyn Manson album, but I can’t resist sweet things. I love dessert tea and sweet light oolongs. I love puppies. I love figurines.

And I love the idea of a town in Taiwan that smells nice all the time. How WONDERFUL is that?

That’s how Terroir Tea brings you in. They sell not only the tea (which is delicious!) but the story behind the tea. It’s the whole package!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Terroir Tea Merchant
Description

An aromatic strip-style green oolong that’s purely delicious and refreshing. The lightest oxidised of all oolongs, Bao Chung has the best characteristics of green tea together with unique oolong qualities to create a complex and enjoyable tea experience.

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Chocolate Cherry Latte Oolong by A Quarter to Tea

Steeping at 190 degrees for 4.5 minutes as recommended, I prepared this tea with one tablespoon of leaves and around 10 ounces of water.

The high-quality oolong leaves swell and uncurl while steeping–something I always find fascinating (in addition to comforting because I know it means I’m about to drink some excellent tea!)

Once the steeping gets going it smells strongly of chocolate and cherry, which I take as a good sign! Actually it smells almost overwhelmingly of cherry while steeping, but after steeping that abates somewhat. The cherry flavor still hits your nose first but as you keep inhaling you can dig down and find the grounding, comforting chocolate smell too. It’s rounder and creamier. and the oolong lends butteriness and a floral note to the scent.

First sip: The butteriness from the oolong and the sharper floral, also from the oolong, and the fruity cherry notes hit all at once. The chocolate flavor seems to have melded with (and mostly been superseded by) the oolong butteriness. The chocolate itself is more of an aftertaste now. And yet sometimes you can detect it mingled with one of the other flavors.
Color: the tea is dark, but brown-tinted. Mahogany, perhaps; not really chocolate-colored though.

 

With milk: the cherry and the creamy oolong flavor come to the front along with a green-tea flavor (possibly from the houjicha?), the combination of which really reminds me of a matcha latte (not a bad thing at all). It’s not too astringent this way and not at all bitter.
A Quarter to Tea has come up with a great flavored blend here, and the company has great values too; not only do they use vegan ingredients but they also avoid using gluten, and try to avoid using potential allergens as well. While this blend is fun and satisfying, chocolate is not necessarily the dominant flavor here, so it’s important to be aware of that and enjoy this tea for itself rather than feeling like you’ve been tricked into drinking a not-chocolatey-enough tea. <3

 


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  A Quarter To Tea
Description

Roasty enough to appease the coffee lover in you! The blend of hojicha and oolong makes a robust, coffee like base without the jitters. Mellowed out with chicory, chocolate, and cherries.

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Huang Jin Bolero from Adagio Teas. . . .

This Anxi oolong isn’t currently available on Adagio’s site, but I’m reviewing it so you know what to look for if it returns or if something like it pops back up!

Here we have a lovely oolong with a nectar/nut flavor that’s closer to green than black. It’s a very light flavor that stays with you after you swallow it. This tastes like that point in the late afternoon when you’ve stopped paying attention to time. Dinner will come eventually, you guess.

This feeling is, more accurately, the feeling of long summers at summer camp. This tea is summer camp in a bag. It reminds me of long afternoons spent making crafts and learning archery and swimming laps. Gritting my teeth until I found a few friends in my group. Trying to make blades of grass sing. Getting picked up at the end of the day, woozy with sunburn. Having dirty feet and having little scratches around my ankles from hurtling across rocks. Learning how to craft a ghost story and tell a lie about having kissed a boy and pretend to be a mermaid effectively.

I eventually stopped going to summer camp (as do most of us, unless we wind up owning one). But every summer I always wonder why I’m not there, still. I’m like “it’s camp season. Why am I in this office?”

Today a little part of me scurried off to camp season. Thanks, Adagio.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Oolong
Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas
Description

This tea is not currently available but click below for oolongs that are.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Giddapahar Oolong 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Exclusive from Lochan Tea Limited

There are 3 things I’m liking of this Giddapahar Oolong 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Exclusive from Lochan Tea Limited before I even try a sip…that it’s a 2nd Flush Darjeeling, that it’s an Oolong, and that it’s from the Giddapahar Plantation.

Giddapahar Oolong 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Exclusive from Lochan Tea Limited is like Autumn in a cup! It smells like sweet damp sticks that have been out on the forest floor. As I continue to sniff the infused tea I notice an additional aroma – perhaps stone fruit – such as apricot, maybe. Regardless it’s crisp and clean!

The color of Giddapahar Oolong 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Exclusive from Lochan Tea Limited is pretty as well. It’s a light to medium shade of reddish-brown.

On to the TASTE of this tea… Giddapahar Oolong 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Exclusive from Lochan Tea Limited…is REALLY wonderful! It has a VERY fresh, fruit, clean taste on the tongue. There is a bit of sweet woodsy notes that fade in and out on occasion as well. It’s like a light switch turning on and off with various layers of flavor happening. It’s an amazing tea experience that is for sure! The end sip on to the after taste I can make the connection to those Darjeeling highlights so many have come to know and love, too!

Giddapahar Oolong 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Exclusive from Lochan Tea Limited is really something special! Something to be shared and discussed with others. Something to be treasured! Does that sound dramatic? Good…because Giddapahar Oolong 2nd Flush 2016 Darjeeling Exclusive from Lochan Tea Limited is just that type of tea.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Ooong
Where to Buy: Lochan Tea Limited
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This tea is currently not listed but please check below.

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Nepal Pearl Oolong Tea from Wha-Cha

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Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Wha-Cha

Tea Description:

An incredibly rare and unusual oolong with a great taste of apricots and nectarine combined with a brilliant aroma. .

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Alright. . .for anybody that has this tea in your stash and don’t want it. . .let me know! This tea is amazing! Amazing pearls of tea loving goodness! If you can’t tell, I’m quite smitten with this tea.

This gorgeous tea is a lovely pearl of oolong tea that gives you a satisfying sense of what good tea is supposed to be like. Each pearl is gorgeous and I loved watching the tea leaves uncurl in front of my eyes in my tea steeper. I used two balls because I want this tea to last as long as possible. I steeped and prepped this up per the instructions on the package.

Once the tea was all prepped and ready to try out, I took my first sip. A gorgeous sip of smooth, sweet, and slightly astringent delicious notes.  This is one of those teas that needs the contrast of the sweet and astringent  notes but the notes are incredibly soft and subtle. Almost like that sweet yet spicy or sweet but somehow sour notes in other foods. The two complimented each other so well.  Seriously, this tea is gorgeous from the very beginning.

The sweet notes are what made me just sigh with happiness. They resemble those of a stone fruit like an apricot. This is one of those teas that tastes exactly how it is described on a website. (And this is one of those teas you hoard for those days when you need some extra tea loving to get you thru the day. ) Those sweet notes of apricot just elevate the tea to a different level.

At one point, I had a meeting at work and came back expecting a cold bitter brew awaiting me and that wasn’t the case at all. I was greeted with a lovely cold oolong that just kept my afternoon going.

I’m now on infusion four and still the tea is giving. I just love it. From the moment I opened the package and saw the pearls to the moment when I first tried the tea, I was in love with this oolong.  One of the best teas I think I’ve tried so far this year. That’s how good it is!

Highly recommend this one!