This is the last dark type oolong I own, I think. The Bai Hao is sorta dark but not really. I feel that’s more an inbetween thing as it doesn’t look completely jade-y but it has a lot of taste qualities like a green one. I also have another one from Teaspring, and would you believe, at the moment the name of it completely escapes me… But it’s a properly dark one and I took it with me to work. I expect that my boss will have used it all when I come back. (Note, I don’t mind this. If I take tea with me to work, it’s not so that I can have it to myself. If that was the case I’d let it stay at home. She has free reign over my work tin at any time. (Note to self, figure out what to have at work when I come back in a week)) But anyway that one had cocoa-y notes and when it cooled down it was a bit like getting a mouthful of watered down chocolate milk.
Anyway, no matter what it’s called, I can look that up afterwards. It’s what I will invariably be comparing this one with.
The leaves looked very much the same. Long and straight and nicely brown. They didn’t have the same cocoa-y notes to the aroma though. After steeping for an indeterminded amount of time and pouring I’ve got a very strong cocoa aroma that makes me wonder if maybe this and the work tin are perhaps the same oolong type. This one seems more cocoa-y though. There’s also something sort of vaguely fruity. No clue what kind of fruit it is, it’s just a sweet undertone.
Okay. Ahem. A bit oversteeped here. Ah. Uhm. Ack. Eh. That gives it a slightly bitter and somewhat sour flavour that makes it rather difficult to discern what else might be there. A little sugar took care of that. Of course it taints the flavour but it’s as good as it gets and let’s face it, it’s oversteeped, it’s already tainted.
For a proper post about what the tea is like when brewed properly, we’ll have to turn to the second steep. And I hope I don’t butcher that one as well.
Still rather cocoa-y aroma, but the fruit-y-ness is much more pronounced. It seems a little watered on this steep which is kind of ironic considering how the first steep turned out. I think maybe the leaves are a little… overworked.
I’m trying to imagine a middle road here, and failing. What I actually do get in my head is that this is okay, but the one from Teaspring is better.