This is my second time making this now – the first I did Western style for 4 minutes or so. When I did it that way, the taste was actually pretty light – and I’m not sure if that’s because I got a batch that was slightly older (it was picked in 2010 so its probably been about a year now), or what. This time I did it per DTH’s instructions for Gaiwan prep, with boiling water at 30 seconds (with 1:4 tea/water ratio). Definitely more flavor this time, the smell is VERY earthy which I totally dig, but the taste is still overall not super impressive (not bad by any means, but I’m not sure it’s worth the higher price tag). I’m just drinking the 3rd steep from the Gaiwan, and it tastes better than the first, so I think this tea has a lot of potential, it’s just very difficult to open up its flavor without exact preparation.
Lu Xiu Ancient Wild Wuyi Rock
Luxiu is a very rare Wuyi oolong as it is complete wild, only a few pounds are produced each spring. Different from regular Wuyi yancha which is tightly curled, dried leaf is a dark, saddle brown color, Luxiu is slightly curled, with quite large rubust leaves. After rinsing the leaves, an astoundingly complex fragrance is released. The tea is rosted moderately, slightly smoky, woody and with a hint of black coffee. Multiple infusions will keep an equally rich and floral, with a long sweet aftertaste. Unusual and definitely worth trying out.
This is a very powerful oolong tea, you will easily get drunk with it. Tea drunk is similar to an alcohol, most people consider it as a very pleasing experience, after having a few cups, you might get a heady feeling, like walking on clouds. Eating food,candy or fruit may reduce it. Tea connoisseur does not taste tea by his tougue and smell it by nose only, but feel tea by his body and soul. You might feel hot soup running up and down your body, let Lu Xiu bring your tea drinking experience to a new height.These are spring leaves plucked from a rare ancient tree in Wuyi mountain, a remarkable and enjoyable oolong you can find in Dragon Tea House only!