I tried ONE ginseng oolong a while back and I LOVED it. Very unique from the get go, as they look like little stones. I said before they look like the toy I had when I was kid, the rock tumbler where stones have the coating disappear an they turn into fake gems. I love it! Each piece of oolong is actually coated with ginseng and licorice in a green color that seems unique only to ginseng oolong. I’m not usually a fan of licorice, but I do love this tea!
Steep #1 // waited a while after boiling // 3 1/2 minutes
The oolong is hardly unraveled so far.. the ginseng/licorice has dissolved. Amazingly, the oolong flavor shows through anyway. And it is amazing! It’s a great oolong, and the ginseng/licorice adds a smooth sweetness to it. At first sip, I was wishing I had the money to order every tea that Single Origin Teas has. I’m so glad they offered these samples or I would never have heard of them. 3/3 teas are amazing so far. One more to try! It’s so good when you want an oolong but you want a little something extra with it. And I love the ginseng for when I want some extra brain power and I’ve already had too many black teas (like I could ever have too many black teas).
Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 3 min
The flavor is still the same! So silky smooth! There is no astringency here, even though the temp and time is kind of high for an oolong. I can’t tell if the oolong is more like floral, fruity or milky though. I think it’s an oolong of its own flavor!
Steep #3 // right after boiling // 3 min
This one has less ginseng/ licorice.. I guess it disappeared with cup two. But the oolong is still going strong. I can’t believe I didn’t know that oolong didn’t burn at boiling before now… at least this one doesn’t. I’d stock up on this one!