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My second sample from JK Tea Shop!

This one smells fabulous, all toasty and rich, but I have yet to make the taste live up to that. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice tea, but it smells like it could be so much better! The first time I definitely used too little leaf — I was expecting it to unroll the way ball oolong does, but the twisty leaves here didn’t expand as dramatically. (They’re lovely, though! Again, sorry for the lack of photos this time.) For my second tasting I used a lot more and got a much bolder taste, but still not quite what I was expecting from the scent. Next time I think I’ll try a longer steeping time. Fortunately this “sampler” is quite generous and I have a lot of tea to experiment with!

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
LENA

Mmmm…I love roasted oolongs.

Lori

I purchased this sample and I agree w/your comments. Overally, this is a mild tea and I was expecting a bolder flavor. I will experiment again. SoccerMom sent me a sample of DaHong Pao from Silk Roads and it was a more flavorable option..But then again, this could be my steeping parameters…

Cait

I really do need to go back and try this one again, don’t I? I have high hopes!

Lori

Me too! I also purchased samples of JKTeashop’s yunnan black teas- they were also mild..

Pamela Dean

With heavily roasted tea, such as wu yi or other rock oolongs, i suggest a pre-wash for 30 sec, drain, rest one minute or more, then start steeping what you will drink. That should help those toughened-up leaves to relax and release their essence a bit sooner. I’m not too keen on the roasted flavor, so sometimes i throw out the first steep, as well. Later steeps develop fruity, nutty flavors which please me more. Happy drinking! :)

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LENA

Mmmm…I love roasted oolongs.

Lori

I purchased this sample and I agree w/your comments. Overally, this is a mild tea and I was expecting a bolder flavor. I will experiment again. SoccerMom sent me a sample of DaHong Pao from Silk Roads and it was a more flavorable option..But then again, this could be my steeping parameters…

Cait

I really do need to go back and try this one again, don’t I? I have high hopes!

Lori

Me too! I also purchased samples of JKTeashop’s yunnan black teas- they were also mild..

Pamela Dean

With heavily roasted tea, such as wu yi or other rock oolongs, i suggest a pre-wash for 30 sec, drain, rest one minute or more, then start steeping what you will drink. That should help those toughened-up leaves to relax and release their essence a bit sooner. I’m not too keen on the roasted flavor, so sometimes i throw out the first steep, as well. Later steeps develop fruity, nutty flavors which please me more. Happy drinking! :)

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