I got back to this one today, and still don’t know if I want to rate it. Do I even like oolongs? I don’t know if I have enough experience to know, and I’m not at all convinced after drinking this.

Brewed this gong fu style today, starting at 45 seconds and increasing by 30 seconds. I got up to three infusions and gave up – partially because I had to stop filling my bladder with tea a reasonable amount of time before I had to go to work, and partially because this was still just bloody boring at three infusions. What the heck is it supposed to taste like? Because it tastes like water glanced coyly at a sexy piece of tea. There’s almost something there, but – nope, not happening. Tea-scented water.

Maybe I’ll try it Western style? I mean, I have 50g of the stuff, I hope I find a way to like it. It’s not that I dislike it, mind, it’s just…pretty meh.

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Indigobloom

I find most of DT straight teas are like that :*(

Dylan Oxford

The high mountain oolong I had was fairly weak when I was brewing it like a normal tea. When I brewed it in my kung fu cup, it got a lot better. I used two semi heaping ‘perfect’ teaspoons (so three regular ones) for a cup that holds roughly 10 oz of liquid. There was actually some noticeable and interesting flavor at that point.

Lynne-tea

If you want an oolong to do scandalous things to your mouth, you need to try some of the better ‘straight’ tea specialists.. It will amaze you

Daniel Scott

@Dylan – well, that will certainly use it up!

@Lynne-tea – Hmm, such as? I’ve tried some Verdant teas recently, and they were really awesome, is that basically what you mean? Because yeah, DT is pretty middle-of-the-road, but they have some really good flavoured ones. I basically just bought this one to get the Chinese New Year coupon.

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Indigobloom

I find most of DT straight teas are like that :*(

Dylan Oxford

The high mountain oolong I had was fairly weak when I was brewing it like a normal tea. When I brewed it in my kung fu cup, it got a lot better. I used two semi heaping ‘perfect’ teaspoons (so three regular ones) for a cup that holds roughly 10 oz of liquid. There was actually some noticeable and interesting flavor at that point.

Lynne-tea

If you want an oolong to do scandalous things to your mouth, you need to try some of the better ‘straight’ tea specialists.. It will amaze you

Daniel Scott

@Dylan – well, that will certainly use it up!

@Lynne-tea – Hmm, such as? I’ve tried some Verdant teas recently, and they were really awesome, is that basically what you mean? Because yeah, DT is pretty middle-of-the-road, but they have some really good flavoured ones. I basically just bought this one to get the Chinese New Year coupon.

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

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