I snagged a sample pouch of this one from the HH teabox! I fully plan on reviewing it to get my Teavivre triple rewards! :D These rewards will make it very tough not to place an order. So thank you to whomever included it in the teabox. Other oolong instructions from Teavivre (I don’t like the new instructions since they mention 17 ounces of water):
One tablespoon, eight ounces of water, boiling, rinse, 1,2,3 min
Steep #1 // just boiled // rinse // 1 min
The sample had 2 1/2 teaspoons of leaves, so I went with them all! The green little bundles of leaves have the fragrance of a sweet milk oolong. Very scrumptious. But the flavor is much different. I probably should have waited a few more minutes for the water to cool for the first steep, but the parameters said otherwise! The boiling didn’t ruin the tea, but it was on the brink for being a little too oversteeped. It does have a hint of astringency. But the flavor profile here, instead of being the milk oolong it smells like, is actually pineapple flavored! Front and center, it’s all pineapple. As it cools, it tastes even better. This might make for a very nice iced oolong.
Steep #2 // couple minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 min steep
The second steep has mellowed to a lingering peaches & hint of cream flavor! Wow, this is better than the peach tea I steeped at the same time (yes, I do that, it extends the lifetime of my tea kettle a little bit, I figure). I haven’t had a peach flavored oolong in a long time! So this is primarily a fruity oolong to me: pineapple and then peach.
Steep #3 // couple mins after boiling // 2 min
This cup was also very nice, though it had a hint of astringency. Still peachy but less so. The first two steeps were better, but I think two teaspoons of leaves would have worked better or switching some parameters.
Not the best oolong I’ve tried from Teavivre (Iron Goddess is the best ever), though that is a pretty high standard, but also not the worst oolong! If you’re looking for a fruity oolong, this is a great one!
Sidenote: I just ordered six things from puerhshop.com so I’d like to have at least six sipdowns of things in the next handful of days. It shouldn’t be difficult, as a ton of my teas are nearing their end.