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The flavour is not exactly what I was expecting from a tea called Severe Degree of Fermentation (I was expecting something very roasted and strongly-flavoured). A two minute infusion produced a very light cup, which has some faint toasty, woody flavours. Little oolong aftertaste, but the flavours are characteristic of the late infusions of a (green?) oolong for me, minus the accompanying astringency I often find in said later infusions. It’s just very light. I think there’s enough leaf left for at least a generous additional cup, so I will have to give that a shot with a higher leaf:water ratio. It’s good, but just very light.
Second infusion (175F/3min) is more like a less green green oolong. Does that make sense? Similar flavours, but the green-ness (vegetal qualities) aren’t so present, and it’s a bit toasty/roasted. It’s better, buttery and more flavourful than the first infusion. A bit weird actually, because I feel like the flavours I’m getting here belong moreso to the first infusion of a tea than the second (and I didn’t get the two mixed up). No astringency in this infusion either, and quite a bit more oolong flavour.
Definitely a different oolong that I would like to explore a bit more. Hopefully tomorrow I can get another couple infusions out of this set of leaves as well :) I love oolongs :D Thanks for the sample, LiberTEAS!
ETA: Third infusion (175F/4 minutes) is pretty weak. Still no astringency but kind of has a woody flavour.
Happy Easter to those Steepsterites that celebrate it!
I went with my family to the church service and I’m now enjoying a nice lazy day before we go to dinner with my family this evening! I have some nice time to relax and I’ve finished most of my homework, so I decided to brew up this little number from the box LiberTEAS sent me!
This has brewed up into a very bright yellow that tastes really nice! This has a nice creamy feel (not as much as a milk oolong but it does leave a nice heavy feeling in the mouth). It’s sweet with a very slight spinach note to it, and it’s very buttery. There’s a nice floral tone that skips around on top of everything else. As this cools, it’s becoming sweeter and lighter. A nice apple flavor has come out that is crisp and sweet and oh so delicious!
In other news, the Easter Bunny (due to a lack of idea for other gifts) brought me some money and I’m making an order tomorrow from Verdant Tea that I’m very excited for! I contacted David and he is allowing me to make a custom sampler pack with some teas I’ve been wanting to try and I super excited to try them!
This is a truly exquisite oolong. Complex, fruity, nutty, rich. Get it. Drink it.
Different than the Oolong Tea with a High Degree of Fermentation, I am finding this Oolong to be more sweet than savory, with a remarkable floral tone that fills the air when I first opened the tight, vacuum-sealed package, and again through the steeping process, and now as I taste it, the floral notes dance upon the palate. Delightful!
Sweet, floral, with a hint of sweet apple in the background. Deliciously looking forward to many infusions with this one.
This is one of the more unusual Oolong teas that I’ve ever encountered, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted one quite like it. It has a savory overtone to it, slightly salty and creamy. It is soupy … like a rich, thick broth. It tastes very nourishing. I agree with TeaEqualsBliss in that this is as though I’m eating something rather than drinking it.
But there is also sweetness to it, and rather than a savory flavor to cut through the sweetness, it is as though the sweetness is here to cut through the savory tones and give it some balance.
Like I said, a truly unusual tea. I really REALLY like this one.
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Not really buttery this time. A bit nutty, but not overly. A nice mellower oolong flavor. Infuses darker in color but not as flavorful. Still a great Oooooooolong tho!
If anyone else received this one and knows how to read Japanese – by all means – EDIT this tea!!!!
This was the tightest packaged tea I have ever come across. The FRESHNESS and aroma is truly amazing tho! Well worth the vacuum-packed effort!
I will be doing an infusion test with this one…here is the 1st infusion’s findings…
The aroma is a little like slightly salted butter. The taste is a little like buttered veggies but not as intense with the buttered notes as some I have tasted. It’s brothy and savory.
This is darned tasty! I feel like I’m eating something rather than drinking something!