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drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
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So, after complaining about the pong of this tea yesterday, given that my cold keeps getting worse, I decided “maybe if I can’t smell it, I won’t care” and opted to try to use some up.

Generous portion of leaf into a small pot, rinsed, and then very short (less than 10 seconds) steepings. I’m up to #6 and so far, no pong.

Maybe this is a tea that just really, really, really shouldn’t be steeped for any real length of time — unlike every other wuyi oolong out there?

TeaBrat

sometimes they are better when steeped for shorter periods of time

Charles Thomas Draper

Our tea thing is a constant learning process. Eventually we will have it wired.

Jim Marks

Part of the problem is that you can only wire it on a tea by tea basis. It is hard to overcome the sense of “waste” when you make a bad cup. But learning is never a waste.

And it is still better than drinking coffee, soda or juice.

TeaBrat

It does vary depending on the tea. Sometimes oolongs prefer a water that is not as hot and sorter steeping times. I had that issue with the Red blossom tea Heritage Rougui. It’s great when you keep the steeping times to around 45 seconds. :)

Jim Marks

Yeah, differences between oolongs don’t trouble me. That’s expected. It is huge differences between oolongs which are of the same variety but from different distributors that catch me by surprise and which I find annoying. Huge gaps in quality level and I wouldn’t be surprised by big differences in treatment, but I tend to think of Rishi and RoTea as occupying the same “shelf” in that regard, so the radical differences in treatment is very unexpected.

TeaBrat

I’ve had far better experiences with Rishi than Republic of Tea personally.

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TeaBrat

sometimes they are better when steeped for shorter periods of time

Charles Thomas Draper

Our tea thing is a constant learning process. Eventually we will have it wired.

Jim Marks

Part of the problem is that you can only wire it on a tea by tea basis. It is hard to overcome the sense of “waste” when you make a bad cup. But learning is never a waste.

And it is still better than drinking coffee, soda or juice.

TeaBrat

It does vary depending on the tea. Sometimes oolongs prefer a water that is not as hot and sorter steeping times. I had that issue with the Red blossom tea Heritage Rougui. It’s great when you keep the steeping times to around 45 seconds. :)

Jim Marks

Yeah, differences between oolongs don’t trouble me. That’s expected. It is huge differences between oolongs which are of the same variety but from different distributors that catch me by surprise and which I find annoying. Huge gaps in quality level and I wouldn’t be surprised by big differences in treatment, but I tend to think of Rishi and RoTea as occupying the same “shelf” in that regard, so the radical differences in treatment is very unexpected.

TeaBrat

I’ve had far better experiences with Rishi than Republic of Tea personally.

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