Shan Ling Xi Oolong Tea
by Daniel S.
This is a follow up on the last review I posted. I received a package of the Winter harvest of this Shan Ling Xi Oolong tea and it was excellent. Brewed Gung Fu style it has all of the nuances of flavor ranging from vegetal to stone fruit, each brewing bringing out a new flavor and aroma.
by Daniel S.
Although this is one of my favorite teas, I was disappointed with this order of Shan Ling Xi Oolong Tea. It was bland and did not have any of the qualities I have come to expect from past orders of this tea. The tea had lost its flavor and aroma. Perhaps it was too old or not stored properly. The Shan Ling Xi tea I have ordered in the past was aromatic with a nice, vegetal flavor.
by Ching M.
Order this and Four Seasons few weeks ago and I have a chance to compare the two. Its aroma is somewhat weaker than other Oolong friends brought to me from Taiwan and you have to put more tea leaves to obtain enough aroma. This may be my friends' gifts are higher priced ones. My wife does like its slight sweat after-taste. Four seasons' aroma is also slightly weak remediable by adding more leaves. And I feel that Four seasons may be a better value, comparing these two.
by Sabrina W.
Mild tea in gold brown color. The tea is really fresh with bouquet aromas. I love to look at these little curled balls expand to full leaves during the steeping. This is one of my favorite teas from Tea From Taiwan and I will definitely continue to order them from Tea From Taiwan and enjoy this tea for years to come.
by Grant I.
This wulong is excellent!!! It has the floral smell of jasmine and carnation. It has a sweet and buttery hints behind a light astringency. I steep until I get rich folks color at 83°C . I get three good cups... Tasty starts to wane after four or so. Definitely a great buy. gi Germantown, MD.
by David Q.
It has been a few years since I have had tea that was this wonderful to drink. The aroma is floral and the taste is bitter-with slightly sweet notes upfront, but finishing with a pleasant bitter taste. I prefer a stronger Oolong in the afternoon after lunch and this particular tea is exactly what I desire in an Oolong. Moreover, because it is on the side of stronger flavor, it can be steeped several times and each time it retains the favor and aroma of the first steep (although not as strong). I highly recommend this tea for people who love to continue to drink their tea throughout the day and don't mind using the same leafs as it would be wasteful to do so given the potency of these leafs.
by Cassie B.
These jade green with hints of yellow buds smell sugary and vegetal. Normally I hate sugary vegetables (ie: coleslaw. Ick, but I’d love coleslaw without sugar). But if a tea smells like that, I love it. First steep: Waited a while for the water to cool, steeped for 50 seconds, didn’t think that was long enough, then steeped for 35 more seconds. The taste is mainly sweet, much less vegetal than the leaves smell. It’s more of a mildly floral flavor. Very complex but very good. Second steep: may have been too hot for two minutes. This one really does have a complex & sweet flavor. It is different from all other oolongs I’ve tried, but I can’t begin to describe how. Not quite peachy, floral or milky… but very sweet. Third steep: …I kind of forgot about, so I have no idea how long it had been steeping. The flavor seems to be lacking, but that may be due to the oversteeping. I’d say unlike most other oolongs, this one didn’t change flavor as much. I definitely didn’t get anything smokey out of this one, like the description says. It’s very hard to describe, so try it for yourself!
by Tommy M.
Shan Ling Xi Oolong Tea by Tea From Taiwan This tea has a sweet vegetal smell before steeped and after first steep the leaf has a sweetcorn green/green bean vegetal smell, it steeps up a pale golden color that is very pretty. 1st Steep The taste is sweet and floral with slight astringency it has a nice velvety, almost buttery mouth-feel. 2nd steep is still a nice golden yellow color and has a sweet floral aroma. it has a very green oolong flavor still very floral with some astringency and the same velvety mouth feel. 4th Steep (I skipped the 3rd because it was consitent with the 2nd) is very Floral less green and quite naturally sweet very enjoyable. The sweet flavors are like some other oolong I had so I hate to use it again but almost like the sweetness of huneysuckles. 6th steep (last steep skidded again for same reason) taste is slightly floral more deppend less greenish and the velvet buttery mouthfeel is back.The color is slightly darker Golden Yellow than the first few steeps. Steep 7 was consistent with 6 enough. Steep 8 was almost as consistent but with out the velvet buttery mouthfeel. Steep 9 The coler is a lot paler and the and the floavors are still pretty good but I can tell its fading out so I call it quits and clean up. This was a quite enjoyable tea, not of of my faves but very good, I'd drink it anytime if it were offered :)
by Don C.
I am amazed at the taste of the Shan Ling Xi! You really do carry some of the best oolong I've ever had.
by Mary R.
Nice clean flavor of butter, Bergamot, and roasted something. Nice pale greenish-yellow color. I steeped for 3 min at 185°F and still a bit bitter. I tried at 180 and the bitterness disappeared.
by Gerry C.
I got my tea about ten days ago and have been enjoying it. It is very nice, smooth and maintains flavour for many infusions. I like it very much.