Oolum Tea?


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Oolum Tea?

Postby TeaOff » Jul 19th, '09, 14:08

So I was at a Chinese restaurant last night and I asked what tea they used. The man replied that it was a Black Tea called Oolum. I was wondering If anyone has ever heard of this and where I could get it as it is probably one of the best teas i've ever tasted. He said it's not available in my area but i'm sure you could get it somewhere else. Thanks for any help.
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Postby chamekke » Jul 19th, '09, 15:02

Is there any possibility at all that he was referring to Oolong? Chinese restaurants often serve oxidized oolongs.

Either way, it would be helpful to have an actual brand name. Maybe you can ask him to write out the name or provide you with a piece of the packaging so that someone here can advise.
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Jul 19th, '09, 15:37

Oolong would be my bet too. Probably an Oriental Beauty or Shui Xian.
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Postby TeaOff » Jul 20th, '09, 13:15

he said It was a black tea though. I guess I could sample some oolongs and possibly buy the closest tasting
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Jul 20th, '09, 14:30

Most people probably don't know the difference, even fewer people can explain the difference correctly. Try out some darker oolongs.
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Re: Oolum Tea?

Postby AlexZorach » Sep 24th, '09, 12:22

I've had bad luck identifying teas served in Chinese restaurants.

Once I had an outstanding black tea served in a Chinese restaurant. I asked the waiter if he knew what kind of tea it was, and he said in a very heavy accent:

"It is Chinese tea."
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Re: Oolum Tea?

Postby Ebtoulson » Sep 25th, '09, 02:03

I recently decided to try the oolong tea at a local japanese restaurant. They brought me a can :shock:
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Re: Oolum Tea?

Postby verus » Oct 9th, '09, 09:32

Haha

I sometimes think us tea snobs here in the West fuss over tea a LOT more then people in Asia generally do...

For us it's somthing exotic while to them it's probably as regular as milk is for us...imagine a Chinese man ordering a glass of milk in a Western restaurant and asking the waiter if he knew what kind of cow it was from, what kind of grass the cow used to eat etc.

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Re: Oolum Tea?

Postby edkrueger » Oct 18th, '09, 18:22

That is not really a good comparison. Image for example going to a western restaurant and ordering a glass wine, then asking what type of wine it is and getting the answer it is Western Wine.
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Re: Oolum Tea?

Postby braven » Oct 19th, '09, 17:22

scruffmcgr... wrote:Most people probably don't know the difference, even fewer people can explain the difference correctly. Try out some darker oolongs.


Yeah, I can understand that. I'm a Green Tea guy myself. I like Oolong, but it all tastes the same to me. :?:
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