I did it!
I told you I would do it and I did it!~ mwahaha okay where are my notes.
Dry leaf: the little compact tea balls are a bit smaller than I’ve had with my previous milk oolongs, I’ll see if there’s a difference in leaf size or if they’re just rolled more tight. Smells like heaven, can’t wait!
1st steep! I started at soon as I got to work, so my tastebuds weren’t in full effect and I may have mad some lingering tooth brush taste [/disclaimers].
I did 1.5 tsp in my Perfect Mug, 12 ounces of water. 30 seconds.
Wow. The flavour is full on, even with a ton of water and a mere 30 second steep, we got the buttery condensed milk, nectar of the tea-gods milk oolong aw yea. There’s a tiny hint of astringency but it helps balance out the decadence of the buttery taste. Not a lot of veggie going on just yet.
2nd steep! Only 10 ounces of water for the rest of the steeps. I let it go for one minute, but I think I could have stopped at 45 seconds because it was very full flavoured again. Very smooth and vegetal, less milky and more astringent, but not unpleasantly so. The smell of the liquor is like candy and I have to say, I need to crave a milk oolong to fully enjoy it, and this fulfills the craving 100%. A lot more flavour as the cup cools down as well.
3rd steep! This one was strange. I started 1.5 mins and took a sip – it wasn’t quite enough. I tried 1:45, still nothing, so I did my usual “last steep” and let it go for 5-7 minutes. This time it came out deep golden yellow, very vibrant. Like drinking gold! Still very smooth, but also a bit tart with the bitterness of the leaves – due to my long steep I’m sure. Buttery veggies for sure, but a lot less thick than the previous steeps. The leaf size was about the same as other milk oolongs I’ve tried!
In conclusion: Although I go on with lots of detail and gushing, this isn’t the be-all end-all of milk oolongs – I don’t feel I get as many layers of flavour as I do with David’s M O, but overall it was very consistent and didn’t leave me wanting!
I also think the price point is extremely well priced for this quality, and I would urge anyone to give it a try! (I got an extra 25% off with the Christmas deal, so I’m wishing I got 100g at this price!)