Inspired by LiberTEAS “daily oolong,” I decided to have Four Seasons today; it’s a lovely oolong, and I have a nice little tin of it, and there is no reason not to simply indulge on occasion. No hoarding!
Moving on: brief rinse with boiling water, as suggested, then a short first steep. Lots of leaf, a level tsp in my little oolong pot. Color is a saturated gold/green. First sip makes me think of a garden, possibly a vegetable garden in spring. Green, rich, fresh, and just slightly floral; a little bit grassy and vegetal, but somehow in the best possible way.
Steep 2: temp drops from 200 to 190 pretty quickly if I don’t preheat the pot;
Steep 3: still only about 1:30 per steep and going strong
Steep 4 is starting to get a bit more grassy – boo
Steep 5 at 2 minutes was a little weak, but there’s still plenty of room to increase the time. All of these later steeps have been boiling water into room temp tiny glass pot, and that seems to work pretty well