Drank this one yesterday while Steepster was not behaving. One of my favorite things about the Verdant reserve club is the oddities we get… like this one. Wuyi oolongs are always roasted, so one that’s not is really interesting.

I have to say from the dry leaf this smelled to me like a fairly standard wuyi oolong, including some roasty-toastiness. And that’s what I get from the early steeps too… Don’t get me wrong, it comes off like a very nice wuyi oolong, but to me it seems like the others I’ve had. It’s rocky, it’s sweet, and it’s a bit like fall leaves, brown and crackly. It is perhaps not quite as roasty as some others I’ve had, but green and floral like a TGY? Not really. I certainly have an unrefined palate when it comes to these teas, so there is probably some of that coming into play as well. But whether it comes across as unroasted or not, it was definitely a nice oolong.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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