I decided to make a cup of tea today and this oolong won over my other oolong that I got from the fantastic people at Teavivre. I brewed the water and took it off the heat as soon as I heard the slightest noise come from the kettle, exactly as if I was going to be brewing my green tea.

I put one sample packet into my french press and did about a 15 second rinse on the leaves. Then I steeped my first cup for two minutes. The liquid came out a very light tint of yellow. I wasn’t expecting it to be that light in color. It had a very light sweet scent. At first it didn’t taste like much, but it did have some sort of flavor.

The second steep was three minutes. The color was slightly darker and the taste was slightly stronger. Strong enough that I could taste fruit in the tea. What? Fruit in a non-fruity tea? This is amazing! Sweet and fruity. If I knew that, I would have saved this tea for the afternoon because it is really light. I’m not sure how I like it yet, but I have three samples left and I am more than willing to try it again.

I probably still have a good two steeps left in these leaves, but I’m going to save them for later. The leaves don’t have that much liquid left in them and I have the plunger down on my french press, so they should keep until the afternoon.

From what I read, this is similar how you treat an oolong when you make it in a gaiwan. But how else can you steep the tea? Is it possible to just throw it in a mug and steep it without it coming out really bitter? If it is then it would be a nice tea to drink throughout the day in classes.

Azzrian

Oolongs unlike green tea generally take a full on boil 212 ish or so. You may want to try that.

MegWesley

A full on boil? I’ve been reading cooler water. Hmm, I will have to try that after dinner.

Azzrian

Yeah 200 to 212 I mean I always go with whatever the site I bought from says but in general yes :) That was my mistake too as I at first (when I started with loose leaf and oolongs) were more of a green tea which it does COME from green tea I guess but you make it more like black tea. Yeah confusing I know.

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Azzrian

Oolongs unlike green tea generally take a full on boil 212 ish or so. You may want to try that.

MegWesley

A full on boil? I’ve been reading cooler water. Hmm, I will have to try that after dinner.

Azzrian

Yeah 200 to 212 I mean I always go with whatever the site I bought from says but in general yes :) That was my mistake too as I at first (when I started with loose leaf and oolongs) were more of a green tea which it does COME from green tea I guess but you make it more like black tea. Yeah confusing I know.

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I like Steepster, but I find that I come and go as I please. I might spend months on here and then disappear for no apparent reason. It depends on how busy my life is.

I have been moving solidly into the loose leaf tea territory lately and loving it. I have a french press I like brewing my teas in and I have all of my teas straight with no additions the first time I try it.

I like to try everything and I am starting to like everything. I love black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, yerba mate,and honeybush. I’m still not the biggest fan of roobios, but that is probably because I haven’t found the right brand yet.

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