Steeped 6 grams of leaf (full sample packet) in 2 cups (500ml) of water at 195 degree for 6 minutes.
I want to note that to me, the minty sensation others are getting does not come across to me as “minty” but more as a cooling sensation. When you take a sip, wait a few moments, then open your mouth and suck in some air, there is this breezy cooling feeling that ices over the inside of the mouth a little bit. Is that the minty sensation others are getting? I do not taste mint but FEEL it.
I absolutely taste the charcoal roasty flavor, very nice. Sort of tastes like a camp fire that has been allowed to slowly smolder out over the course of an evening when you wake up the next day and all that is left is a little smoke slowly lifting from the ashes.
The aroma of the dry leaf to me smelled of milk – slightly warm milk.
There is a creamy texture and mouthfeel to the steeped tea, and a milk flavor as well.
Only a slight vegetal flavor is present.
A light sweetness is present.
After taste lingers in the mouth nicely leaving a rock mineral flavor behind.
There is a juicy erupting throat feel to this tea – we often speak of mouthfeel but this tea has a throat feel as well. As if you just bit into a ripe juicy peach or apple and it has shot down your throat a little surprising you.
Mild sensation of drying in the mouth once the after taste dissipates which I find typical of most oolong tea.
Over all this is one of the finer oolongs I have sampled. It is unique yet true to what I think an oolong should be. Oolongs are my favorite guilty pleasures which I tend to save for moments I can take some ME time.
A very nice tea – thank you Fong Mong Tea for the sample!