REVIEW: Temple Road Tea – Tiger Monk


Tea: Oolong tea from Nantou County, Taiwan ROC
Sample provided by: Temple Road Tea
Link to Tiger Monk on Temple Road Tea website

Dry leaf:
– The dry leaf is tightly rolled balls that are dark brown in colour
– It is one of the most fragrant roasted oolong I’ve ever tried. It has an extremely woody (cedar) and sweet (honeyish) aroma. Super intriguing!

Infused tea:
– The tea cups out a medium-dark liquor that is golden to light brown (it darkens with later infusions)
– The liquor is full-bodied and has loads of flavour. The first infusion is sweet with a roasted finish. The infusion after that have a more roasted and woody (sweet cedar) flavour, but the aroma stays sweet. Longer infusions really bring out a deeper woody flavour that is less sweet and more roasted

– Use gong fu preparation with this tea and water that has been slightly cooled off the boil. If you use a generous amount of leaves, this tea will cup out five to eight infusions
– I find this tea extremely difficult to describe. It pulled my senses all over the place. The tea has lots of aroma and flavour that ranges from sweet to woody to roasted. I would best describe it as a great hybrid tea between lighter and darker oolongs. While it is fermented 40% and is full-bodied, it retains some of the wonderful sweet characteristics of a ligter oolong


Retail price: 100 grams for $32.49

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I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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