Category Archives: Oolong teas

Review: Republic of Tea Milk Oolong

 

Sorry folks, I was so busy drinking this tea that I forgot a photo!

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 3-4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

This Republic of Tea Milk Oolong is just so interesting to drink! Don’t worry, it is definitely interesting in a good way! It comes in beautiful little rolled balls of green tea leaves that almost bounce when dropped into the tea strainer of my teapot. As the hot water pours over them the leaves slowly start to unroll themselves as they steep. For a tea nerd, that’s fun to watch!

The presentation of it isn’t the only interesting part about this tea either. The taste is quite something too. It is unlike most teas in that it has a fruity essence with a milky, smooth feel. The tea drinks in a very silky, creamy way and the flavor is bright and complex with hints of fruit and earth. It you are looking for something a little different, give this one a try.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort

Review: Merry Auld Apricot Oolong

Apricot Oolong

Overall Rating:

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

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Iced
Steeped: 6 minutes
Served: Nothing added, over ice

Iced tea season, gotta love it! Here in Maine it is short and sweet, so to make the most of it I like to try all kinds of iced teas while the weather is warm. The Merry Auld apricot oolong tea makes an excellent iced tea. The flavor subtle, but interesting and certainly enjoyable.  Brewing this tea, I added a bit more leaves than I would if I were drinking it hot. I also let it steep a minute or two longer than I normally would. This makes for a strong tea that will taste good cold and wont lose too much flavor when the iced cubes are added.

Oolong typically has a more mild flavor, so as an iced tea is isn’t strong at all. The apricot flavor is also mild in this tea, making it a lovely slightly sweet counterpart to the only slightly earthy oolong tea. Together they make a light, yet flavorful combination. For me, this tea was even more interesting cold than it was hot. Definitely worth a try both ways.

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

Apricot Oolong

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: Iced
Steeped: 5 minutes

Served: With a touch of honey, over ice
As I mentioned in a previous post, Abby and I came across a tea tasting the other weekend. While there we bought this tea! I thought it would be good iced and was glad to see that I was right. I like this lightly sweetened. It’s hard to find a nice pre-made low sugar tea. I recommend making your own. Oolong is a lighter black tea so make sure to brew a strong batch and cool it first before enjoying over ice! I really like the subtle real apricot flavor. Sometimes fruit tea has a fake fruit taste, but this one has very nice authentic apricot flavor.

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

Apricot Oolong

Review: Stash Coconut Mango Oolong

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!Abby says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Tea blended with coconut flavors is one of my favorite things right now! I just love how the sweet and creamy flavor of balances and enhances the earthy flavors in black and green tea. Stash coconut mango oolong goes a step further adding fruit to the mix! I really like this combination because it is smooth, creamy and soothing to drink, but isn’t something that will put you to sleep. Its interesting! The oolong gives you mild earthy tea notes and the coconut and mango add interesting fruit and cream notes without adding too much sweetness. Altogether you get a relaxing tropical feel from drinking this tea. What could be better in the last few days of summer?!

Give this one a try, hot or iced, if you are looking for a something different and interesting to try. Or, if you’re looking for a little tropical vacation in a cup!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!

Stash Tea - Coconut Mango Oolong

Katie says:

Tea type: Bagged
Temperature: @200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Iced with a touch of honey

OMG this tea! I had a sip hot, and then forgot about it. oops. Hot it was pretty good but since it had cooled off I decided to try it iced. Iced this was amazing! I love tropical flavors for iced tea, especially mango. The lightness of the oolong tea is the perfect base for this tea. You get nice oolong flavor but it allows the coconut and mango to come through. Seriously, while its still nice and warm out, make this delicious iced tea!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — This tea is easy to make!

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.

Little Red Cup Tea Co. Tasting at Black Cat Coffee

I was hoping to get the posted yesterday, but life.

Anyway, yesterday Black Cat Coffee on Stevens Ave. in Portland, ME hosted a Little Red Cup tea tasting from 11-1. Luckily I heard about it in time to scoot over there for a few tea samples. The Little Red Cup Tea Co. is a family run tea outfit hailing from Brunswick, Maine. Yay, Maine! They offer fair trade and organic Chinese teas. Sounds pretty great, huh?!

Little Red Cup

Today I  sampled an oolong and a gunpowder green tea. Martin, from Little Red Cup had other samples available as well, but I didn’t get a chance to try them. The oolong steeps to a lovely, rich yellow and was very hearty and flavorful. The gunpowder green was actually quite dark for a green tea, but was also good with grass and nutty flavors. In addition to being available at Black Cat Coffee, these teas can be found at the Portland food Co-Op and at most Rosemont markets.

Before leaving Black Cat, the owner offered some of the other tea available in her shop. She carries teas from Montana Tea and Spice and had three herbal blends for me to try:

Evening in Missoula – a blend of chamomile, lemongrass and other flowers and spices. Typically, I’m not a fan of chamomile, but I found this tea to be quite good and the complexity of it was interesting.

Montana Gold – roobios, cinnamon, orange and clove. A perfect tea for the season. The cinnamon is warming and spicy and the sweet roobios flavor is kept in check by the clove.

Purple Mountain Majesty – floral! This tea taste like drinking a cup of flowers. It would make a nice spring tea and would work well iced. It was a little too much for me, but I still enjoyed trying it.

Montana Tea and Spice

Overall, it was a great Sunday afternoon teatime. I’m already looking forward to trying some other teas from Little Red Cup and can see myself stopping in to Black Cat Coffee for more Montana Tea and Spice teas! If you are looking for tea in Deering, head on over and check it out!

Review: Green Terrace Teas Eastern Beauty Oolong

Green Terrace Tea  - Easter Beauty

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

I love the way this tea smells, when it’s dry and as it steeps. It has a wonderful roasty-toasty aroma that reminds me of delicious foods like chocolate and roasted nuts. Eastern Beauty from Green Terrace fits the bill for a traditional oolong in taste, but has its own uniqueness too. There’s enjoyable depth of flavor, dry at the front and ending with an earthy, slightly sweet floral, honey finish. A good oolong tea is great for the cold weather because it has a full body, hearty taste and a warming quality to it – almost like drinking this tea gives you the feeling of warming up by a wood-stove or fireplace.

If you are looking for something to warm up with this winter and you think that “pumpkin spices” things have jumped the shark, give this tasty oolong a try!

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

 

 

Review: Green Terrace Teas Ali Shan Oolong

Green Terrace Teas

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.75 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Ali Shan Oolong from Green Terrace Teas is light with a fresh earthy smell.  Dry, this tea is just so pretty with the full-leaf leaves rolled tiny little pieces.  The flavor is traditional oolong with hints of flowers and a slight sweetness. The light sweetness and flowery touches made this tea fun to drink.

I later resteeped this tea for another 6 minutes. I think it tasted even better that second time around. On third steep (for 7 minutes) the tea still had nice flavor and held up well.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

Green Terrace

Katie says:

Temperature: @200 (just below boiling point)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Tea parties are awesome. Sometimes Abby and I get together to taste new tea samples. Of the three Green Terrace Oolong teas Ali Shan was by far our favorite. This tea had a jasmine scent. It was light in color and had slightly earthy notes. There is a slight bitterness which made me prefer it with touch of sugar.

What stood out to me the most was how after steeping our tea we looked at the leaves and uncurled FULL leaves! Check it out 🙂

 

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Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves — this tea is easy to make!

 

Review: Galleon Tea Sencha Fancy, Organic Royal Golden Yunnan & White Tip Oolong Fancy

Galleon Tea was generous enough to give us more samples of their teas!  Please see our first review of their tea: Golden Snail. For these three other teas we decided to simply review them all here in this post with the intention of giving our readers a sense of the types and quality of teas available from Galleon tea.

Abby says: White Tip Oolong Fancy (photo above) Oh, how I love oolong!  This tea did not disappoint. It has a light touch of earth flavors with hints of cocoa giving it some bitterness. An underlying subtle sweetness balances the bitterness perfectly and makes this tea easy to drink and gone, just like that!

Katie says: This tea was a very mild oolong. I did notice that I found Galleon’s teas mild across the board so I recommend using a good amount of loose tea or using a small cup like a traditional teacup & saucer for any of their teas. Oolong pairs well with chinese food but this is emil enough to enjoy with almost any meal. I like my tea with honey, but in this case I’d go with a raw sugar so it won’t change the taste of the tea.

Abby says: Organic Royal Golden Yunnan  (photo above) has a lovely nutty flavor with just a touch of smokiness. It was interesting and easy to drink. Again, a lighter version of what I typically find with this type of tea. With a larger sample to steep, I think it has the possibility of being very flavorful.

Katie says: I’ve had Golden Yunnan before and very much like the flavor. The other brand I tried was a strong black tea and I enjoyed it with cream & sugar. This was a milder version. There was still a black tea taste, but mild enough that even a lover of sugar & cream may want to enjoy this cup of tea black.

Abby says: Sencha Fancy  (photo above). For a sencha, I found this tea to be a bit light, but I could easily still pull out the classic sencha qualities. It has a bit of sweetness, like citrus, with a wonderful earthiness reminiscent of grass and spring time – or maybe that is just me hoping for am improvement in our weather.  

Katie says: This is s sweet mild green tea. I started with a hot cup with a little honey. I had a half a cup left and it had cooled. Some tea just won’t work for me cold. However, this mild tasting green was just as nice cold as warm. It would make a nice summer iced tea too!

Review: Teatime at Roebling Tea Room

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A review of Mountain Water Oolong tea.

This past weekend, Katie and I went on a little adventure to Brooklyn, NY! While there were tried to pack in as many things as we could, like: visiting ‘Cuse friends, seeing the sites, art, eating, taking in the nightlife, flea marketing and TEA! We found ourselves brunching at the Roebling Tea Room in Williamsburg. This is a charming little spot that served good food and of course, good tea. Katie
and I both had what the waitress described as a “lighter oolong”.

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Overall Rating

Taste: Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 this tea is easy to make.

Abby says:

Temperature: Hot
Steeped: About 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Well, the server was right – this is oolong light. After steeping to a strong golden color this tea still had a light and mild flavor. It was very easy to drink and went very well with my meal, drunk beans. Even better than the tea itself was the unique presentation. Our tea was brought to us prior to steeping with large glass mugs filled to the brim with hot water. The leaves looks so pretty sitting atop the mug the the little ceramic white bowl. We each then dumped the leaves into the large infuser sitting the mugs and watched them steep. When finished we had large mugs of beautiful tea! If you had spotted us from another table you may have thought we were having a couple of beers with our meals.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 this tea is easy to make.

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Katie says:

What a fun tea house! Yes, like the tourist I was I took tons of photos…iphoneography.

Temperature: hot
Steeped: about 5 minutes
Served: with 2 cubes of brown sugar

When surveying the menu Abby & I chose this Mountain Water Oolong tea because it was mild and we had a full day of tea-drinking planned. After brunch we went to Moma to see some art and then off for tea tasting at Harney & Son’s store in Soho. (but we’ll tell you about that later)

This tea turned out to be a great choice! Mild yet tasty and a nice color. I very much enjoyed the flavor but did like the added hint of sugar. Although this was an oolong tea, I found it to be more similar in body to a green or white tea. It still had the unique oolong flavor but was lighter than most oolong tea that I’ve had.

Taste: Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 this tea is easy to make.

Doesn’t Abby look happy with her tea & Hope with her coffee?

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Review: Temple Road Tiger Monk Oolong and Giveaway

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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.