Home roasted green TGY oolong

June 21, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Posted in Dark oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

bored… trying not to use my last yunnan golds, or the remaining 5g of good matcha, resorted to playing with things i dont drink as often…

used one of Yunnan sourcing’s green oolongs (no label, so almost 2 years later i have no idea which green wu it is.)

placed the oolong nuggets on aluminium foil, then in they went –
countertop convection oven

400F, 1 min + 1 min (1st min still looked green, so i put it another min, then it started to smell like sort of burnt hay/weeds).
Picture – top is roasted, but doesnt look as brown as i see it …

liquor sure isnt greenish anymore 🙂

flavor: muted flavors of the original green oolong, missing: flowery. not much of that green feel (some say metallic)
with …roasted feel… roasted like… when you place a vegetable on a really hot plate – roasted/burnt skin (like those roasted red peppers),
pleasant, cant feel as much astringency, some green tannin on the tongue(less than unroast),

noticeably different from being a straight green or a “real” dark oolong which i guess are also oxidized and stuff. maybe i feel some faint tobacco but its mixed with some of that burnt hay thing.

maybe next i’ll try a lower temp for longer time to even out the flavors (have the inside of the nugget done as well not just the outside – as i think happened here)

Oolong Shot .Ito En

May 11, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Posted in Dark oolong, Oolong Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Found at Dean & Deluca 2$+tax/190ml …  deduct “fancy store surcharge” , still = 9$/L … :O

#2 of 2 from their “shot” lineup, the other being Sencha Shot

package contains the regular antioxidant doctors and other uhm goo intended to help sell it as a “health aide”. Label’s been slightly changed since 2 years ago,

now the polyphenol type stands out all contrasty and stuff, esp the blue next to the red… with a heavy red box on the can surely draws the eye … all this shiz – rather offending to my eyes, instead of something meaningful like what kind of oolong this is, when was it manufactured, some story about the monkeys that picked the leaf or whatever… eh… i didnt even bother to flip the can and read it, so maybe there is a story about monkeys – no there isnt, but there is a image of a monkey on the can…

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Smell: light toast oolong tgy

Flavor: flavor is medium of a roasted tgy – not bad. some mild astringency and some overinfused tannin but mild.

Overall: not bad, too expensive, generic dark oolong- borderline better than regular bottled one,  not interesting like the DJ they took out… not majorly any better than the rest of available oolongs:

Oolong Tea Drink .Famous House

February 11, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Posted in Dark oolong, Oolong Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | 2 Comments

Found at Hong Kong Supermarket/Elmhurst NY. ~0.7$/can

Made by Famous House Food Industrial Corp. another Taiwanese drink. no french on the can this time. Not called “drink” on the label, but by me – its got sugar in it.

Flavor: very light on the sugar – nice. some medium-low “generic”  roast tgy flavor(yah, ‘cos i’m the tgy expert, lol); not sure because very faded but seems to have a grain quality to me.

Overall: No: low flavor, even tho low on sugar it leaves alot of unpleasant sugar “aftertaste”.

but… Nice can. Very Nice!

Guan Yin Wang .amazing-green-tea.com

February 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Green oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Amazing-green-tea.com (review)(product link)
review sample courtesy of Julian @ amazing-green-tea.


pics a bit in blurryville…

Leaf: nice tightly rolled green oolong. I’m guessing a kind of TGY?. Nice “flowery” aroma (tho not overly pungent) escaped the opened 7g package.

Method: 3.5g + 3oz water around 90C/194F. Time: 30s, 1min, 3min, 5min, 10min.

Taste: like a gaoshan/high mountain oolong i think, without any “egg-flavor”(as i call it) = yay, just a nice “green”-oolong.  Not much astringency/tannin in front of tongue but very small. Mostly just flavor. Did very well in re-infusions. Not much astringency was present. Aroma was still present, less than the opened package “hit”, i think maybe its similar to honeysuckle flower, but i havent done any side-by-side to be sure.

Overall: very nice everyday oolong for my taste. Low astringency, just flavor, no “foody-ness”, nice aroma, can be reinfused many times.

[might add a video, if i piece together the clips]

Pure Oolong Tea Unsweetened .Bombilla & Gourd

December 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Dark oolong, Oolong Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Found at Zaytuna’s (NY) $1.99 + tax … nice price for a “new” product, placed next to ItoEn and Adagio bottled teas.

As their green tea did not satisfy me
i was naturally & organically a little suspicious,
but here it is:

Smell: off to a good start: some sort of dark oolong !

Taste: there is a sufficient amount of astringency/tannin (not bitterness) on the tongue but its not overpowering.  Follows a dark oolong flavor, maybe a ‘generic’ wuyi or TGY?…may be something else, i cant type it. The tannin then leaves a dry sensation on the tongue and throat. Can’t feel any of the vit C/ascorbic in the flavor (it might be mixed/covered by the tannin), but there are no other weird flavors or chemical tastes. … it does taste like a ‘pure oolong tea’, on my tongue. As for the quality of the tea leaf used i cant say because i dont consume as much dark oolong as other tea types.

Overall: this is very nice as i see it and I’d have no problem buying this again. …dont remember the other bottled oolongs i have on my RTD tea List, but i’ll put it on top for now.

Golden Oolong 金の烏龍茶 黄金桂.Ito En

June 20, 2008 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Dark oolong, Oolong Tea, RTD Bottled Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

found at Sunrise Mart (NY) forgot price, approx $1.7
formatted compactflash then recovery software ofcourse didnt find the exact directory i needed, so i go grab picture from the interwebs.

I like the bottle. Import JP so only a little english label that says Golden Oolong or some such. ItoEn JP product page (goog translation.)

Oolong superb, Katsura golden (do you ruled O)

i RULED O !!!!!!!

…onto flavors and somesuch: Tasty like a sorta roasted(dark) oolong TGY? , but that oolong flavor is kinda low 1/3 of total, rest is sortof astringent/tannin …some goes in the aftertaste on tongue mouth & posterior pharynx.

Overall: not bad, i’d buy but would prefer the Suntori which is better and has more oolong flavor. Goes it on the list, yes.

Tie Guan Yin * Iron Goddess of Mercy * Fujian varietal .Yunnan Sourcing LLC

October 19, 2007 at 10:40 pm | Posted in Dark oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

Yunnan Sourcing LLC
their details:
“Tie Guan Yin * Taiwanese Grown Oolong Tea * Iron Goddess of Mercy * Fujian varietal * Spring 2007
hand picked…hand roasted just enough to dry…
low oxidization level (just 25%) preserves the flowery and fruity notes…”

a tgy, Didnt know what i was tasting since the package was not labeled in english 😛 , but i opened it and a familial smell struck me,
oy, i should know by now what i like, but this was another roasted oolong.

Really tiny oolong nuggets (some smaller than 4mm)! dark/shade of green…

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liquor is obviously dark from too much stuff, but for easier infusions imagine a lighter shade of orange.

1 tbsp black scoop + 4oz 180F + 3min =

smell is flowery,
taste: roasted/little toasty & tobaccoish, astringency yes probably from the green side of things. didnt detect any floweryness,
pretty long aftertaste.

will have to retry- since i messed up the first time. — still the same impression.

wet leaf : very super nice …very 🙂 :
most are entire leaf plus some little stem, but the leaf is greenish, silky soft, very tender & tears very easily when handled, i have no idea how they twisted the leaf in those little nuggets.

dark(roasted) oolongs are not my thing, i dont know why i keep buying them 😛

Tea bag wulong-oolong tea taste-off: TenRen vs. Yamamotoyama

September 9, 2007 at 11:16 am | Posted in Dark oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

OOT teabag ‘extravaganza’

PARAMETRICS: 4min -> 7oz ^ 200F

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TenRen topright: smell toasty taste: watery, already minor astringency

YMY topleft: watery, mild-med astringency, greenish

TR btmright: no smell, taste:watery oolong-ish, astringent cant tell anymore.

YMY btmleft: smell minor black?#?# …taste: watery black-ish!??? wtf… some spice thing going on?!?! wtf

…ish… weird stuff…

no caffeine effect on brain, still cloudy (not enough sleep)
feel the warmth of the hot liquid, now its making me sweat.

😦

wtf … watery and astringency, the tea bag curse.
hmmm… ill try 1bag 4min 4oz 200F but… “I’m afraid of Astringency” (the David Bowie song)

after cooled down to room temp, the teas taste pretty bland with a cruddy background bagged green tea taste.
but standing out are the TenRen tung ting and the TR tgy (top R, botm L)

disappointed by the yamamotoyamas, was rooting for them, oh well.

Hong Kong Supermarket, Flushing, NY

September 7, 2007 at 6:21 pm | Posted in Tea Reviews, Tea Stores | Leave a comment

Hong Kong SuperMarket has more than 1 location around NYC. thats good.

Location: 3711 Main St, Flushing, NY >> GOOGLE & Street view
Location: 8202 45th Ave, Elmhurst, NY >> GOOGLE & Street view

and… PARKING sucks (for both locations). some 1hour spaces on Main st, some 1hour coin operated on Northern, some pay parkings but very crowded in weekend. Haven’t seen if there’s a free store parking like there is in Elmhurst (tho its not that big so you might have to wait for a spot.)

Well, not exactly what i was looking for, no “real” loose leaf tea sold from containers (like Wing Hop Fung in LA, or even Kam Man market in NYC), but they do have a huge selection of boxed teas (alot of Yamamotoyama & TenRen) & some “cheap” looseleaf in boxes or those plastic packages like i bought. and great number of other manufacturers, including Japanese, sencha loose prepackaged, oolongs loose prepackaged, even 3-4 arabian teas.

Some tea-accessories: strainers, glass boiling pot (7$, tho i didnt check if its good to put on an open flame), thermoses, cheap-looking (and ugly) tea-cups.

mmm yeah, the unpacking, … tea bag porn !

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got a little present, some sort of crackers.

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receipt, and some boxed teas orgy.

so, store rating? not a real tea store, service was – self-service, they did take my money, im not super-excited on that front…but i did get teas in return… something that hopefully will taste like tea.

lookout for these reviews: but i didnt like any of them…
YamaMotoYama oolong bags… / Taiwan TGY… / TenRen Tung ting oolong tbags / TenRen ti kuan yin tea bags…

Golden Dragon Oolong .Peet’s Coffee and Tea

April 7, 2007 at 10:49 pm | Posted in Dark oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

the ‘rare’ tea collection $3/pot (incl tax)

by the name it sounded ofcourse like a friggin less oxidized oolong, hoping for green here 😛 but what i got is again a black oolong, well oxidized,

flavor 4/7, 1st pot was strong (they use just boiling water for all teas ofcourse), quite present astringency not high but medium-low, tobacco leaf flavor was less than their TGY, also a bit chocolaty and malty, similar to an assamy + yunnan taste.

2nd pot – rebrewed the leaf (still with just boiling water, but this time less brewed- like 3min)
more pleasant taste, very low astringency, pleasant taste.

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brown liquor, wet leaf is mostly full some torn, varied colors, green, brown, brown-purpleish, green with oxidated edges. most of the wet leaf has a rough feel (picked at an older age?).

pretty good, liked it better than their other oolong – the TGY

would do this one again yes.

take care to do a fast 1st brew for this tea. (1-2min, check taste, it goes astringent fast.)

Ti Kwan Yin Oolong tea .Peet’s Coffee & Tea

December 10, 2006 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Dark oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

2.25$ incl tax for a cup.

suposedly a TGY

describble: “A “greener” oolong tea with an exotic flavor; floral, herbal and nutty, with an undercurrent of fruit.”

flavor: 3/7: to me its a “blacker” oolong. dark taste, minor tobacco-ish flavor + a hint of orange. its like the oolongs tasted from Chado tea.

again? no.

would rather drink their other oolong – golden dragon oolong (black)

Oolong green tea $48 .Ten Ren Tea

October 15, 2006 at 2:12 am | Posted in Green oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

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update: after weeks of use: flavor is more complex than $12.

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TGY

pungent dense sweet smell

flavor: 3min @ 194F, mild, so i left it a couple more minutes. . . flavor 4/7 mild, flowery, green, low tannin, mild aftertaste.

compared to the $12, the leaf is large, tho there are fragmented leaves. but unlike the $12, the $48 leaf is very soft (picked young?)

*** i think it contains significant caffeine, i get jittery, disrupted from going to sleep! (at least the batch of tea i got this from).

.maybe

Oolong green tea $25 .Ten Ren Tea

October 14, 2006 at 12:11 am | Posted in Green oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

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TGY

dry leaf has strong smell. dont they all…
this is like the $12 ???, but the flavor is more mild.?…me confused… score 4/7 on the tea-o-meter. uh, i dont know why im drinking this…

tea-keep-o-meter: NO.

Oolong green tea $36 .Ten Ren Tea

October 14, 2006 at 12:07 am | Posted in Green oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

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TGY

dry leaf has strong smell.

it infused for 5 minutes @ 194F…this one is a bit of a mystery…

its kinda like the $12 but: mild green + very mildly nutty + mild floral. doesnt taste distinctive… flavor 4/7.

does very well reinfusions. leaves are very expanded after , like 1/2 cup after: 2 hot infusions, 2 room temp. subsequent cold water infusions extract a greenish, floral taste. still strong., tannins still low – i like that.

tea-keep-o-meter: maybe.

Oolong green tea $12 .Ten Ren

October 11, 2006 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Green oolong, Oolong Tea, Tea Reviews | Leave a comment

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update: after weeks of use: the character of this one is simple compared to $48.

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TGY

leaf: green, smell: bit nutty + greenish, but smell had stamina, was not faded = good (imho)

(1tsp+194F) x 3min

liquor: yellow-ish,

smell: very nice, strong captivating ‘fatty’ nutty + somewhat sweet!

taste:
BAM! (a-la Emerill… but no dash of pepper here)
good flavor: 5/7 = mix of green + nutty (cashew?) , distinctive. mild aftertaste. low astringency 1/7.
does very well in rebrewing: did another 194F hot water, and about 2 more room temp water. taste: seems to get greener,
astringency still remains low.
price to value ratio is high, so says me.

tea-keep-o-meter: YES. oh yes give me more!

Tea Reviews

May 10, 2006 at 1:29 am | Posted in | 12 Comments
I love tea. These are my “tasting notes”, organized by type. Some have pictures (usually of tea… :D).
tea = alternative/original/westernized name
VAR = varieties of that tea (tea) = additional varieties ^ = link to info
Thank you for visiting, enjoy…
B l a c k T e a
Just Black Tea/ unblended, unflavored, etc:
China black tea “hong cha, red tea, congou
> Qimen “Keemun^ VAR: Qimen Hao Ya (A, B), Qi men Mao Feng “Hair Peak”
> Yunnan “Dian Hong^ VAR: Yunnan Black, Yunnan Gold, Yunnan Gold Tips
> China ‘true black’ tea “hei cha” VAR: Fu bricks, Liu an, Liu bao
India
> Assam^, Darjeeling^, Ceylon^, Nilgiri^, Sikkim
Black, Blends:
> English Breakfast tea^, Irish Breakfast tea^
> Chai Masala^
Black, Scented/ Flavored:
> Earl Grey^
> Souchong, Lapsang Souchong^, Smokey Souchong, Russian Caravan^
> Jagertee^ = black tea + rum
oolongs, wulongs
O o l o n g ” W u l o n g” T e a
Green/ partially oxidized/ fermented wu-longs “jade oolong”
> High Mountain Oolong “Gaoshan Oolong”
> Tie Guan Yin “TGY, Iron Goddess of Mercy, Iron Buddha, Ti Kwan/Kuan Yin”
> Fo Shou “Buddha’s Palm”, “Monkey Picked
> Bao Zhong “Pouchong, Wenshan Baozhong
> Dong Ding “Tung Ting , Frozen Peak/Summit”
> Alishan “alisan wu long”
oolongs, wulongs dark, fermented
Dark/ oxidized/ fermented wu-longs “amber = baked, champagne = fermented”
> Champagne Oolong, Fujian oolong, Formosa Oolong
> Bai hao Oolong “Oriental Beauty, Dongfang Mei Ren
> Dancong “Phoenix oolong, Feng huang dan cong”
> WuYi Oolong “wu yi yan cha, rock oolong” (the WuYi & YiWu Master: MarshalN)
> Qi Lan “Rare Orchid”
> Xiao Hong Pao “Small Red Robe”, Da Hong Pao “Big Red Robe”, Rougui “Chinese Cassia”
> Shui xian “Shui Hsien, Water Sprite”
> Shui Jin Gui “Golden Turtle”
> Bai Ji Guan “White cock/rooster crest”, “White Cockscomb”
green tea
G r e e n T e a
Just Green Tea
Japan ^classification
> Sencha VAR: Shincha (1st harvest), Asamushi, Chumushi, Fukamushi (long steamed)
> Gyokuro (shade grown), Matcha (shade grown, powdered), Guricha
> Hojicha “Houjicha” (baked), Kukicha (stems), Bancha
China “lu cha”
> Longjing “Lung Ching, Long Jing, Dragon Well” VAR: ming, yu qian “1st, 2nd plucking”
> Bi Luo Chun “BLC, Pi luo chun, green snail spring”. Gunpowder
> Mao Feng “huang shan mao feng, yellow mountain fur tip”
scented mixed green tea flavored
Green Scented/Flavored/Mixed
> Jasmine
> Genmaicha^
> Touareg =green + mint + alot of sugar
> Kashmiri pink chai^ =green+baking soda+sugar/salt+sprinkled nuts …sounds good!
everyone’s favorite: pu erh tea
Pu-erh “pu’er, pu’erh, pu-er cha, pooer, po-lay, pu-lay, pooh-erh”
> looseleaf pu’er, Maocha = raw pu’er loose leaf
Shaped: tuo cha “bowl”, bing cha “cake, beeng cha”, brick
> Sheng pu “raw, green” // Shu pu “ripe, cooked, black”
here comes white teas
White Tea
> Chinese white tea “bai cha”, Indian white teas, Darjeeling.
otd tea
Ready to drink Tea “RTD, Bottled Tea, iced tea”
herbal teas
Herbal ‘tea’ Tissanes
of leaf: rooibos, mint, Kuding cha Ku Ting, Wu Tang, Bitter stalk tea, Qing Shan Lu Shui, Yerba Mate^
of flower: chamomile, rosebud, linden “lime, tilia”
of grain: barley^ “JP: mugicha, KO: boricha”
not my thing
Display teas, flower tea etc don’t like those, some have glue (i don’t eat glue, i don’t sniff glue, so …no).

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