So I’m new to rock oolongs and high quality oolongs in general (have had a few taiguanyins in the past but never got big into them) having spent the last 2 decades drinking black tea and getting hooked on sheng a year ago. When I first sampled this tea, it reminded me of tree ears and smoked pine cones boiled in bong water…and not in an unpleasant manner either, just unusual. I figured it’d be a great match to a Chinese stir fry that incorporated wild mushrooms, sesame oil, and Sichuan peppercorns. I made such a meal today and paired this cha with it and I was correct. It seems that a few months have softened the roastiness and astringency of this tea. I’m left with a brothy oily umami filled cup with vegetal notes similar to braised mustard greens. Don’t think rock oolongs will become a daily drinker but on stir fry shrimp and mushroom night I know what to reach for…

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I’ve been a huge fan of all manner of black tea since the early 90s particularly second flush Darjeeling, Fujian, Yunnan and Assam teas but last winter fell headfirst into the sheng world and the rest is history…


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