Category: oolong

Episode 051: Bai Hao Wu Long

Bai Hao Wu Long is a Taiwanese tea that goes by many different names — oriental beauty, eastern beauty, dong fang mei ren, white tip oolong, champagne oolong, formosa bai hao, fancy formosa silver tip, formosa fancy, etc. Whatever you call it, it’s still a great cup of tea.

The champagne-colored liquor smells and tastes a lot like honey, with some subtle orange and peach flavors. (It’s complex like a darjeeling in that way.) These leaves can be steeped multiple times, so savor the flavor all day long! This would also make a really posh iced tea. Make sure to check out the health benefits too!


Purchase Tea Geek’s Bai Hao Wu Long (2010 Summer Harvest)

Episode 058: Kamiya Papaya Oolong

I was surprised to find that I still had some of this particular blend left in my collection! This is Teavana’s Kamiya Papaya Oolong, a tropical oolong mix including papaya, pineapple, and some other fruits and spices.

It’s a pretty middle-of-the-road cup of tea as far as oolongs go. The buttery oolong is punctuated with floral, fruity notes from the inclusions. Great hot or iced, I would say.

Teavana doesn’t sell this blend anymore, but Amuse Projects’ Tropical Oolong looks like a good substitute.

Episode 059: Coconut Cabana

I’m a big fan of coconut, so I was very eager to try The Tea Spot’s Coconut Cabana. It’s a pretty simple blend — milk oolong (also known as jin xuan), shaved coconut, and “natural coconut flavoring”.

I don’t know if that flavoring contributed to the powdery residue with this tea, but I feel like it might be what didn’t make this a super great cup right off the bat. Even after rinsing the leaves, there was a chalky aftertaste that lingered after each sip.

It’s not a bad coconut tea, but I prefer Golden Moon Tea’s coconut pouchong.


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Episode 094: Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté

Teavana sometimes sends out these sample packs that include a mixture of two tea blends and rock sugar. Are these blends better than the sum of their parts? Let’s find out with this Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté blend!

These two blends have a lot of the same ingredients, but Maharaja Chai brings oolong and chicory to this mix. The overall result tastes like a muted Samurai Chai Maté. For the price, you would probably do better just buying twice as much Samurai Chai Maté.


Purchase Teavana’s Maharaja Chai/Samurai Chai Maté