Review: Bao Zhong (Taiwanese Oolong) from Dobra Tea

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A close up view of the opened up tea leaves. I think it makes them look delish, but what do you think? Yum or yuck?


Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves –  This tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @95 (below boiling)
Steeped: 1.5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

We’ve written about Dobra Tea before so you may already know how much we love it there. It’s such a happy tea house right smack in the middle of Portland at their new location on Exchange Street. If you find yourself in the area, get to Dobra for sure!

Bao Zhong is the lasted tea we’ve tried from Dobra. It’s a beautiful full-leaf oolong that steeps to a light, yet flavorful tea. The recommended steeping time is 1.5 mins with an additional 30 seconds for each additional steep. For this tea, I found that sticking to those times is important, otherwise it gets bitter. However, when steeped correctly this tea has a beautiful grassy and buttery taste!

For me this tea is perfect for the spring  and summer time because it reminds me of new growth and the tea itself is light and pretty. Give this one a try if you are looking for a tea to bring the gap between the strong black teas of winter and the fruity green tea blends of summer.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves –  This tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @95 (below boiling)
Steeped: 1.5 minutes
Served: With a touch of honey

More often than not Abby and I have similar tastes when it comes to tea and here is shows! What a delicious tea. Normally I like a darker tea but I really enjoyed this light Oolong. Even though it was light in color it had a very nice earthy nutty flavor. For me adding a light touch of honey brought out these flavors more. I enjoyed it hot, but this tea would be nice hot or iced. Unfortunately it didn’t stand up to a 2nd steep. (It was so yummy that I tired) I agree with Abby, this is a great summer tea. My suggestion? Make a nice big pot in the morning and enjoy it later iced!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves –  This tea is a bit delicate.

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2 responses to “Review: Bao Zhong (Taiwanese Oolong) from Dobra Tea

  1. linda beer johnson

    Well, um, it scared me a little when I opened this post!

    Sounds great though!

    Linda Sent from my iPad

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  2. Liz Suczynski

    Looks like I’ll be stopping at Dobra next time I’m in Portland!

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