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So this is from Kawaii433 but I also received some from derk.  THANK YOU BOTH.  Not sure if Kawaii’s is also from 2017, as derk’s is noted on the sample.  I thought it was time I try it, since there are two separate samples!  I don’t know what I was thinking though, as I just sipped a roasted oolong the other day and they are definitely not the type of tea I want to drink often. Anything with the name “roasted” is all I can taste, which ends up being very one note and disappointing, as I know others can usually taste other flavors in these roasted oolongs.  It’s always a shame!  It is all I can taste: roasted charcoal.  The third steep was especially off putting… shouldn’t have brewed if for four minutes, that’s for sure. The leaves are VERY dark and VERY tightly bundled.  The flavor is smooth anyway, until that third steep.  I think I sadly give up on roasted oolongs.  They just ain’t my thing.  But it’s nice to officially know that at this point.
Steep #1  // 1 3/4 teaspoons for full mug //  rinse //  29 minutes after boiling  // 1 minute steep
Steep #2  // 28 minutes after boiling //  2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 4 min
2020 sipdowns:  52 (one sample sipdowned anyway)

Kawaii433

I have no idea when year it was, tea-sipper but it probably is the 2017. I’ve come to a similar conclusion concerning Dan Cong oolongs. o.O

tea-sipper

Yes, Dan Cong oolong isn’t my favorite either. I hope all of those people you knew with Covid have recovered, Kawaii!

Kawaii433

tea-sipper, the family of 6 with 4 little kids recovered with no issue. Thank goodness. Rusty who is in his 50s recovered and poor Sue will probably have lung damage the rest of her life. :( Thank you so much for asking and hoping all is healthy and well with you <3.

tea-sipper

Thanks for the update, Kawaii. It’s good to know most of them are mostly okay.

Leafhopper

I just saw this note. I also have trouble detecting anything other than roast in these oolongs.

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Kawaii433

I have no idea when year it was, tea-sipper but it probably is the 2017. I’ve come to a similar conclusion concerning Dan Cong oolongs. o.O

tea-sipper

Yes, Dan Cong oolong isn’t my favorite either. I hope all of those people you knew with Covid have recovered, Kawaii!

Kawaii433

tea-sipper, the family of 6 with 4 little kids recovered with no issue. Thank goodness. Rusty who is in his 50s recovered and poor Sue will probably have lung damage the rest of her life. :( Thank you so much for asking and hoping all is healthy and well with you <3.

tea-sipper

Thanks for the update, Kawaii. It’s good to know most of them are mostly okay.

Leafhopper

I just saw this note. I also have trouble detecting anything other than roast in these oolongs.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

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Mandala
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theteamerchant.net
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Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

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