Prepared gongfu style in a beautiful blue and white gaiwan.
1st infusion – 30 sec
Strong, dark flavors, slightly bitter but definitely drinkable
2nd infusion – 25 sec
Much the same profile as the first infusion, but smoother with hints of orange becoming more prevalent
3rd infusion – 45 sec
More floral aroma, the crisp, earthy dark oolong flavor is starting to emerge with the orange pushed to the end of the sip and the aftertaste. This infusion is quite lovely and easy to drink.
4th infusion – 50 sec
Again, very floral aroma. The oolong and orange seem to equally share the stage in this infusion which is the most balanced so far.
5th infusion – 1 min
Round and flavorful. Delicious and well balanced in flavor.
6th infusion – 1 min 15 sec
Aroma is now of orange and the dark oolong flavor is back! Orange is not present in the flavor of the tea, just in the aroma.
7th infusion – 1min 25 sec
Good but very mild flavor. I think this oolong is at its breaking point but I’m very pleased with the number and quality of infusions today.