Pretty decent, but unremarkable. It has a toasty aroma, but tastes much more earthy—almost musty.
I’ve found that it starts becoming bitter right around the 5 min mark. Definitely better if you stay below that limit for steeping.
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“We are having a lazy afternoon, went to the gym and had Chinese food for lunch, then took a nap. I've had this tea for a while and while I was gravitating away from wuyi oolongs a bit, we both...” Read full tasting note
“So, after complaining about the pong of this tea yesterday, given that my cold keeps getting worse, I decided "maybe if I can't smell it, I won't care" and opted to try to use some up. Generous...” Read full tasting note
“Ever since I read Rishi's description of this, which includes the phrase "raisin sugar," that's all I can think of when I drink this tea. Which works, because that's exactly what this tastes like...” Read full tasting note
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Rishi has some great teas. This would not be one of them. The batch I bought had what I can only describe as a sharp, acrid, almost chemical-like taste. Not at all pleasing, especially after having experienced some exceptional oolongs recently, including a great Darjeeling oolong and several great tie kwan yins (Iron Goddess). I gave my Wuyi to a coworker, who finished it in a few weeks. Hey, different strokes.
I’m making my way through the Rishi oolong sampler (a real delight) and particularly love this darker oolong—it feels more grounded and robust than many oolongs and has a lovely roasted, earthy quality while still offering up lighter, sweet notes. A nice morning wake-up tea or afternoon pick-me-up, especially on colder days. Delicious!
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Earth, Raisins, Sweet
Got this one as a Christmas gift. It’s a dark roasted oolong. I got two dark oolong’s for Christmas and usually the light oolongs are my favourites.
Anyway, I brewed it up this morning according to the directions from Rishi. It’s a pretty strong tea with rich roasted graininess and a bit of sweetness. Shared it with Hubby this morning. It was pleasant enough but even on the 2nd infusion I couldn’t detect any orchid notes that they claim is there. Maybe as it becomes weaker with each infusion , orchid notes might come out. There definitely was raisin notes.
Even though this tea is good, I don’t think this is the type of tea I will reach for very often.
Flavors: Raisins, Roasted
Roasty Toasty Graham crackers come to mind with a hint of caramel, less mineral taste(what wuyi are known for) than other wuyi’s but still a great toasty oolong. Short and simple Im a fan of this one and at less than $5/oz I think its a great staple to keep in mind as a daily wuyi, but no means is this a home only reserve but for the price I think its got everything one could want in a wuyi.
Flavors: Caramel, Mineral
I can’t remember the last time I had oolong… I remember this one being green and honey-like, but it appears to be a shui xian instead of qi lan now. It has a nice soft toasty roasted aroma that melds with the ripe fruit flavors of shui xian. I’m not sure if I’d say it’s all that complex for a Wuyi oolong, but it’s quite enjoyable.
Wuyi Oolong is a full bodied tea with a sweetness that is far more forward that that of most other green or black teas. It’s as if each leaf were swept ever so lightly with honey and then left to oxidize and develop a rich hearty flavor. This delicious juxtaposition is why I am positively obsessed with Wuyi Oolong.
Wuyi Oolong is a fantastic nightcap tea. It enhances whatever mood you’re in. If you’re exhausted, it will relax you even further. If you’re amped, you’ll have even more energy. After a long day, tough workout or late evening, steep a cup and roll with the vibe du jour.