Thanks so much, Meowster! The name is certainly intriguing, the bundles of oolong are certainly huge. I don’t see any actual osmanthus blooms mixed in with the oolong in my small sample — not sure if there should be? This is missing from the shop, at this point. Maybe the name is just lovely and isn’t actually intended to taste like osmanthus? I can’t say it really did taste like osmanthus. But it IS a very tasty oolong anyway. Very thick and syrupy, very smooth. A bit of a roast. I was hoping my oolong tasting buds were more refined by now after some weird tasting oolong months, but no, the flavor details are still a bit foggy. But I can tell this is a high quality oolong, regardless of few details that I can pick apart.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 21 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 11 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min