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    Naivetea Wen Shan Bao Zhong

    Photo: Naivetea This tea is a lightly oxidized oolong that was grown in Northern Taiwan. The dry leaves were a gorgeous deep green color, reminiscent of seaweed, and had a gnarled and twisted shape. I made this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 195 degree water and three subsequent 40 second infusions. The liquor was a bright yellow. The first infusion was intensely floral. There are many oolongs that are said to taste like orchid but this one truly does. The second was slightly more vegetal but still very pleasant. The third infusion was a more mellow, toned down version of the first. I have been consistently impressed by Naivetea’s offerings and this…


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    Naivetea Osmanthus Oolong

    Naivetea has consistently impressed me with the quality of their flavored oolongs. This selection consists of Alishan oolong infused with natural osmanthus. Osmanthus is a flowering shrub that is native to Asia. The dry leaves were a deep green in color with a few bits of yellow flowers mixed in. I steeped this tea using my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 195 degree water for 3 minutes. The liquor was a deep golden color. The only word that I can think of to describe this tea is remarkable. This tea is smooth, sweet and buttery. The osmanthus lent a delicate floral and slightly citrus flavor without being too much like perfume. There was…

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    Naivetea Rose Violet Calendula Oolong

    This tea consisted of high altitude Alishan oolong with natural rose, violet, calendula, and jasmine. The leaves were tightly rolled and dark green in color. I steeped this tea using my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 195 degree water for 3 minutes. The liquor was a light gold color and had an amazing aroma. I wish someone would make it into a perfume! Once steeped, the leaves made quite a nice presentation because of the different colored flower petals. I was expecting a very overpowering taste from this tea but it was actually pleasantly subtle. The oolong even managed to come through amidst such a bouquet. I never would have thought to put…

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    Naivetea Lychee Oolong

    Naivetea describes this tea as an Alishan oolong flavored with natural Lychee, a fruit native to China. I found this tea a little unusual in that it is the first fruit tea I’ve tried that didn’t have pieces of the fruit in the tea. The dried leaves were deep green in color and had an appearance one would expect from an Alishan. I steeped this tea using my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 195 degree water for 3 minutes. I’ve never had Lychee fruit so I cannot say whether or not the flavoring is authentic. Judging by the quality of their other infused oolongs I’m sure that it is. The tea was very…

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    Naivetea Yuzu Oolong

    This high altitude Alishan oolong is infused with pomelo peels. Pomelo is a fruit that matures only once a year during the time of the Chinese moon festival. I was immediately struck by the intense aroma of this tea as soon as I opened my sample packet. The dry leaves were tightly rolled and dark green in color. I steeped this tea using my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 195 degree water for 3 minutes. I’ve never tried pomelo before but the flavor reminded me of grapefruit. It was very citrusy. In fact this tea was all zest and very little oolong. It had all the crispness and pep of a morning glass…

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    Naivetea Imperial Beauty Oolong

    According to Naivetea this tea is produced in Taiwan by a very small high altitude artisan tea farm that follows traditional and organic farming practices. The dry leaves were tightly rolled and had a strong floral aroma. I brewed this tea in a porcelain gaiwan with 212 degree water using 40 second steepings. The liquor was a golden straw color with an aroma that was similar to the dry leaves but not quite as intense. This tea was fruity, floral and sweet all at once but in a very subtle way. All of the flavors rotated in and out through each of my infusions. This is a tea that you really have to…