Taiwan Honey Black Tea by T-Oolongtea

I couldn’t find any instructions for steeping this tea, even on the internet (which seems to be the story of my life lately. I’d get frustrated if it weren’t so funny, and also a chance to have fun experimenting!)

So I used two heaping teaspoons and about a cup of water that was a little below boiling temp, and steeped it for a few minutes until it looked good to drink! The liquid turned out a bit amber-ish but a bit on the brown/orange side. It gave off aromas of malt and sweet potato (Sweet potato is one of my favorite black tea flavors, so yay!). I definitely detected some floral notes too.

Next came the first taste. This tea is sweet and totally not bitter (although I can imagine it might become bitter if steeped hotter for longer, so maybe I got lucky and found the right steeping specifications). It’s also somewhat astringent, although I think the astringency is a bit below average for a black tea. Not that that’s a bad thing, of course.
The sweetness does actually taste a bit like it’s been sweetened with honey. And it’s slightly viscous (just a little thicker than water), which lends to the illusion of honey as well. It both smells and tastes so sweet that I decided no sugar was needed and simply added milk. I found that the flavors of this tea set off the creaminess of milk quite well and maybe even enhance it.
Overall this was a very enjoyable cup for my afternoon teatime (okay so I don’t have a designated teatime but I DO like to drink tea in the afternoons) and I’d enjoy drinking it again sometime!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: T-Oolong Tea

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Taiwan Honey Black Tea from T-OolongTea

Taiwan Honey Black Tea from T-OolongTea
Taiwan Honey Black Tea from T-OolongTea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:

Where to Buy: T-OolongTea

Tea Description:

All Natural Tea
Season: 2012 Spring (harvested in 2012 April)
Altitude: 300 meter above sea level
Varietal: Qingxin Dapa
Origin: Hsinchu County, Taiwan
Packing Method: Vacuum packaging

This high quality Taiwan Honey Black Tea Oolong is all natural, handpicked, handcrafted and produced from Qingxin Dapa varietal, the tea leaves used to produce Oriental Beauty. This tea has an intense honey aroma and taste, very pleasant and enjoyable. The taste is a mixture of black tea and oriental beauty oolong. This tea is very rich, complex, smooth and delectable with almost no bitterness and astringency. The aftertaste is very sweet and long lasting and makes you want another sip.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Taiwan Honey Black Tea from T-OolongTea has the most decedent, honey kissed, chocolate, flavor one could imagine, it

gives such a sweet thick mouthfeel that just begs to be savored slowly.

There are also some sweet dark cocoa notes within the cup as well which are not to be overlooked as this cocoa note provides even more depth and complexity to the cup.

Then just as you think you have this tea figured out you will experience some caramel notes followed by candied plums playfully hiding in the background and peeking out now and then.

This is a very thick and rich brew that may please some coffee lovers because of the deepness of the flavor and robust flavors. This is not a shy tea! There is also a feeling in the throat that is more like a coffee than a tea in how full it feels.

Really this tea is like drinking a melted candy bar, its just that much of a treat! No bitterness, no astringency, so smooth, and invigorating. An excellent wake up tea for those lazy Sundays when you just want to snuggle into the covers of your soft warm bed, and sip slowly, reverently, and savor each pleasurable drop.

I for one love a tea that really stands up and demands to be recognized. This is a tea with attitude, “recognize” it states boldly – and I do! Yet it is so sweet, so succulent, that it woos me, makes me want to just keep breathing in its aroma.

A bold tea, with muscle, that has a soft romantic side. Oh yes!

Alishan Charcoal Fire Medium Roast Oolong from T-oolongtea

AlisahnTea Type:
Oolong Tea

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Product Description:

Season: 2012 Spring (roasted in 2012 May)
Altitude: approximately 1100 meter above sea level
Varietal: Qingxin Oolong (Green Heart)
Origin: Jia Yi County (Ali mountain area), Taiwan
Charcoal Fire Medium Roast
Packing Method: Vacuum packaging
Note: actual packaging may be different from the photos
Note: tea canister not available for size 75 g / 2.63 oz and samples
Oolong tea is also known as Wulong tea, Black Dragon tea and Oolong slimming tea.
Alishan Oolong is also known as Arishan Oolong, Ari Mountain Oolong and Ali Mountain Oolong.
The picture of the brewed tea below is for reference only, NOT actual photo. The real brewed tea has a similar color depending on steeping time.

More Details

This quality Alishan Charcoal Fire Medium Roast Oolong is handpicked, handcrafted and produced from Alishan oolong. Use only the charcoal made of either Taiwan Longan wood or Taiwan Acacia wood to roast the tea (NOT by electric roasters), and follow old traditional method. This tea has a strong charcoal aroma and taste mixing with flavors of Alishan oolong. The aftertaste is enjoyable and long lasting. It tastes very smooth, sweet, rich and complex, and stands up very well to multiple infusions.

Alishan Charcoal Fire Medium Roast Oolong tea is grown in the Alishan mountain range located in the mountains of Chiayi County in Taiwan. Alishan is a popular attraction among domestic as well as international tourists, and it has become one of the major landmarks associated with Taiwan. The area is also world famous for its production of quality high mountain oolong tea.

The stylish tea canister we select for our quality Alishan Charcoal Fire Medium Roast Oolong has a copper wall and a characteristic picture of Alishan oolong printed on it along with Alishan Oolong Tea in Chinese. The reserve quality of the canister offers exceptional function for tea storage to protect your tea from damage caused by light, air and moisture.

The process of producing this Alishan Charcoal Fire Medium Roast Oolong is complex and time-consuming. The tea masters follow old traditional method, and use only the charcoal made of either Longan wood or Taiwan Acacia wood to roast the tea (NOT by electric roasters) to make sure the charcoal aroma and taste of the tea is rich, complex and enjoyable.

Alishan tea region is located in Jia Yi County (Ali mountain area) in Taiwan central mountain range.

Your satisfactions are our priorities. To ensure that you have a great shopping experience with us, we include a three gram free sample for the purchase of this tea, excluding sample sizes and 75 g / 2.63 oz. If you are not satisfied for any reason, simply return the tea (unopened original packaging) within 20 days of delivery for a full refund of the purchase price. For more details, please see Help: Return Policy.

The competition brewing style uses three grams of oolong tea leaves (the size of our free sampler) in 120 ml of boiling water for 5 minutes. Although not optimal, the method is widely used by professionals for objective evaluation of an oolong tea. If you look for a tasting set, our quality 120 cc oolong tea tasting set is as low as $5.99 available at the category of Teaware.

Tasters Review:

This is Alishan – a Medium Charcoal – that sums it up!

The Alishan is lovely and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to still taste it the way I was hoping…but I can and I’m VERY pleased!

The Charcoal flavor is pretty good as well!  At first I thought it was a bit stronger than what I would consider Medium-Roasted but after a few sips I totally agree!

Right in the middle of the sip I can taste a welcoming creaminess ‘sandwiched’ in between the roasted and charcoal tastes at the beginning and end of the sip.

This is a nifty Charcoal/Alishan! Then again…it’s from T-oolongtea and I’ve enjoyed just about everything I’ve tried from them!  Very good quality Oolongs!