2 Tasting Notes
This is unbelievably good! Vegetal with barely any astringency, and a smooth, sweet finish.
Instructions say 30-45sec at 212°F, but I prefer 1min at 200 for the first steep.
Picked this up on a lark from a local Asian grocery… it was cheap, and only 1.76 oz so I wouldn’t end up with a ton of tea sitting around if I didn’t like it.
But, what happened is even better: I do like it! Now I confess to being fairly inexperienced with oolongs, but this tea, while light, has a slightly roasted, nutty flavor that I find delicious. It reminds me of a bolder Wu Yi oolong. The leaves are big, with that lovely ball shape, and steep a very smooth liquor. My procedure is to use 1½ tsp for 9 oz water, rinse for 15 seconds with hot water and pour out, then steep for 1m15s, 1m30s, 1m45s, etc.
The first two steeps were so good, I wouldn’t believe this is a cheap tea. Far better than anything you typically get at a grocery store for this price point. In fact, I shared a few sips of the first infusion with my roommate who normally only likes green tea, and he dug it.
I’m having the third steep now, and unfortunately, the liquor has lost its clarity a bit. It’s as if there are different tastes fighting in the tea; some bitterness has appeared. Still very, very drinkable. I’m lowering my rating a little due to this third steep but this tea is nevertheless a great deal and a good introduction to this style of oolong for me.