Method: Gongfucha with 7 grams of leaf to 120 ml of water with a quick rinse. (please note that I’m using my porcelain Oolong teapot for this, so subtract 10 seconds from the times and you’ll get the time when I started pouring the tea)
The tea is definitely a green oolong. It’s rolled into small little jade (fitting isn’t it) pellets. The scent is light, but sweet in a honey suckle-ish way. The wet leaf has the same smell with a thicker consistensy.
1st Steep (15 seconds): The Color is very light, a yellow with a slight green cast. The scent is also quite light, a little floral. The Taste is very nice, with that honey-floral that I got from the wet leaves. The Aftertaste is clean and lightly sweet that feels a little like it’s pressing on the back of the tongue.
2nd Steep (20 seconds): The Color seems a bit greener, and the Smell is much stronger, heady honey suckle scents. The Taste is fuller. I’m getting rich, sweet floral notes with a slight astringency in the finish. The Aftertaste is interesting, it leaves a taste like lightly sugared water on the inside of my cheeks.
3rd Steep (20 seconds): The Color has turned more yellow now with only a hinting of green in it. The Smell is thick, definitely honey, the floral notes are almost non-existant. The Taste has an very creamy mouthfeel and tastes like I’m drinking water and honey. The Aftertaste leaves an odd taste on the tip of my tongue that I can’t quite place. It’s not bad, it’s just really strange.
4th Steep (25 seconds): The Color keeps alternating between being greener and yellower, but it’s greener for now. The Scent has recaptured those floral notes with the honey being pushed a little further to the side. The Taste is clean and crisp, floral with a honey undertone. It’s the Aftertaste that tastes like honey-water now.
5th Steep (35 seconds): Color’s staying greener for once, nice! The Smell is about the same as the last infusion. The viscosity has increased dramatically, and I’m not sure exactly what caused it, but I like it. The Taste is still honey-floral, but there is noticeably more astringency, not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be unpleasant for wimps. ;) The Aftertaste is clean, with light floal notes on the sides on the tongue.
Summary: This is a pretty good green oolong, nowhere near the best, but it’s an affordable option for those who want a low elevation (just an assumption based on what little experience I have) Taiwanese oolong or are newer to green oolong. This will never be a daily drinker for me, but I’ll slowly plow through what I’ve got tucked away in my closet