Another from the mystery box! I’m trying to steep all three oolongs from the mystery box the same. Even though this should be a baked oolong, the leaf color doesn’t look much different than the Fu Shou Shan.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsp // 25 minutes after boiling // rinse // 3 min steep
The flavor doesn’t seem overly roasty, maybe just a little bit more savory. Very buttery, again not much different from the Fu Shou Shan. The flavor might be a little more stronger, a little more salty, briny, brothy but that is probably due to the baked quality. It’s very tasty. Now that I think about it, both oolongs are almost like those buttery creamed corn green teas.
Steep #2 // 7 min after boiling // 2 min
This cup is actually very tough to describe because it’s entirely different. I’ve never tasted an oolong like this before… it’s so unique! There is no chance that there was any flavor contamination from anything else. There definitely isn’t any oversteeped leaves/bitter flavor. The closest thing I can describe the flavor to is marzipan or those chocolates that are filled with roman nougat, but the tea doesn’t have the chocolate flavor. So there are hints of cherry and nuttiness. Either way I was noticing almond. Maybe even a desserty coconut, which just shocked me when I realized it. Note to self: This oolong is perfect steeped like this. A third steep happened… forgot to write about it!