Received a 7g sample of this; trying it just a few days after receiving. ~60mL porcelain gaiwan. It’s been ages since I spent time with oolong, so I don’t remember what I’m doing. (Ha: I should have looked at Norbu’s site, which gives brewing guidelines. Whoops.)
Steeps ~5sec, 8sec, 10sec, 15sec, …
First infusion tastes clear and sweet and a bit roasty in the back of the mouth, with some buttery vegetal oolong-ness. Gaiwan aromas strongly and sharply bitter-grassy-sweet. Second steep more of the same sweet roasty flavours with more creamy rounded body. I haven’t had a lot of oolong recently and this is very nice. The aftertaste is sweet and dry. Third steep, gaiwan aroma becomes notably warm-spicy. Tea a bit more strongly roasty, with a hint of spice and the sweetness at the end. Next few steeps continue in the same direction, with some hints of floral starting to come in.
I suspect the flavours stay similar until it’s steeped out. It’s very nice. May have to order some when I’ve tasted my way through my stash.
Flavors: Roasted Barley, Spices, Sweet, Sweet, warm grass