Review: Temple Road Tiger Monk Oolong and Giveaway

***UPDATE*** Amanda, commenter #2, is our winner!

 

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Temple Road Tiger Monk Oolong Giveaway! Just comment for a chance to win. (see below)

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Remember, each entry must be left in a separate comment. A winning comment will be chosen at random. The winner has 48 hours to reply and claim their prize before a new winner is selected. Only U.S. residents can win but others are welcome to comment. *This giveaway is sponsored. We were given enough product to sample & giveaway from Temple Road.

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Our Review & Overall Rating:
Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ below boiling
Steeped: 6 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Oolong is one of my favorite types of tea, simply because it has a distinctive, unmistakable taste. When you are drinking oolong, you know you are drinking oolong! I’ve also found that oolong (maybe not as much as Earl Grey) can be quite polarizing. You love or you hate it.  I love it!

Tiger Monk oolong from Temple Road is a beautiful dry tea, the tea leaves all balled up. After steeping the tea leaves unfurl creating a lovely bourbon colored cuppa. This tea has great flavor with strong earthy and sweet smoke notes with lighter herbal and caramel flavors appearing here and there. The complexity of all these flavors coming together makes this tea interesting and fun to drink. I steeped this tea twice and both cups were good and I could probably have steeped it again for another tasty cup full. I left the tea leaves in hot water for a full six minutes each time.

Because this tea is on the lighter side for oolong, I think it would appeal to both seasoned oolong drinkers looking for a flavorful tea and tea drinkers new to oolong tea.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort..

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Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ below boiling
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

As Abby said, the loose tea is very pretty and steeps to a lovely color. I typically like my teas with cream & sugar. However, that’s not really how you prepare oolong. I have added sugar to other oolongs, particularly the greasy-spoon chinese restaurant variety. This one has a really nice earthy taste that is good all on it’s own. No sugar is required; even for the proud owner of a sweet tooth like myself.

They say: “At Temple Road, we firmly believe that tea can improve our daily productivity, as Isaac Newton famously said, ‘A body in motion tends to stay in motion.'” If you are looking for a good afternoon pick me up this would be a great tea to try. It is caffeinated, not as strong as a traditional black tea, but you do feel a nice boost of energy. The malty toasty flavor is nice and satisfying. Sometimes when I have cream & sugar in tea I want a cookie to go with it. This tea, however, is very satisfying all on it’s own.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — This tea requires very little effort..

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas as the ones we purchase. If we get a sample we don’t like we won’t include it on our blog.

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2 responses to “Review: Temple Road Tiger Monk Oolong and Giveaway

  1. Sign me up. I love oolong.

  2. Amanda, Soggyenderman

    Oolong is good anytime and all the time, I might have an addiction

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