4tsp for 750mL tea, Breville One Touch, basket cycle on, 3-minute ‘medium’ steep, oolong setting.
I made this last evening to have after a heavy meal of take-out Chinese food to celebrate hubby’s birthday. He also adores this tea, comparing it to cognac. Delicious and well-balanced, this nuanced blend is probably the only flavoured oolong that truly works for me. (I’ve got somr Citron Oolong from DavidsTea but still can’t decide if I like it. Similarly, I have some Smoked Assam Oolong (!) from Stash and can’t make up my mind on that.) Properly made, Long Life Oolong will delight you, so long as you like peaches.
1 gently rounded TB for 450mL water, bare.
Sweetly sharp peaches and apricots and buttery oolong. The sliced almonds add to the creamy mouthfeel. Steeps at least 3 times, even with a 4-minute 1st steep. Hubby compares this one to cognac. Love love love …
1.5 tsp for 250mL water @ 95C. Steeped 4 minutes. Drunk bare.
My travel mug got ignored this morning as I picked up a (gasp) cappuccino on the way to work and drank that while it was still warm. My tea has cooled to almost room temperature – and that brings out more creaminess from the oolong and a more potent and penetrating taste of peaches. I wonder what this one would be like iced.
1 scant TB for 500mL pot, bare.
Okay, I measured the leaves and watched the steeping time carefully and got a much more enjoyable cuppa. David’sTea recommened 4-7 minutes for steeping, which seems alike a lot for an oolong to me. Last night, 1st infusion, fragrant and redolent and buttery, lots of yummy peach and apricot notes. Four-minute steep. (Hubby, to my great surprise, loved it. The peach seduced him.) Second infusion, this morning: at 4 minutes, still deliciously fragrant, lighter body, more butter taste, though less butter feel, and more oolong-leafiness than peach and apricot, but the fruit notes do remain. Second infusion at 6 minutes: almost as fruity as the first infusion, only again with more leafiness, and less buttery-ness in the mouthfeelm so the whole brew seems clearer, somehow, even cleaner.
The fruit: not at all an artificial. You can see chunks of dried apicot and peaches, plus sliced almonds, nestling with the tighly curled oolong leaves
Really, really good. Upping my rating. I just made it much too strong last time.
I think I’ve just started down the oolong path.
Oh, so delicious. Refreshing in a unique way. I think I may like this even more than Ti Kuan Yin. Highly recommend. So long as you enjoy peaches.