Thanks again for the samples, teakruthi! The leaves here don’t look like a traditionally rolled, pebble type of oolong. There are some longer pieces. The description is confusing, as it mentions being green, not an oolong, and I think some might end up being disappointed if they’re looking for a typical oolong flavor, as this definitely tastes like green tea to me. It tastes very similar to the Mythical Green tea, with that smoky, mildly spicy profile. But now that I’m actually realizing that this is a green tea, before the second steep, I was treating it like an oolong and brewed it with close-to-boiling water, rather than waiting a while to prevent bitterness. So now I’m very surprised this didn’t become bitter at all, since it tastes green and I brewed it like an oolong. It tasted like a normally cooled-then-brewed green tea. So what makes it an oolong over a green tea? I’m not sure. But this isn’t the flavor I’m really looking for in an oolong either way. I’d choose the Mythical Green over this one. However, the descriptions say both teas aren’t even grown in the same area, so I could be very wrong about the similarities and I could not be steeping either tea correctly. So it’s always worth brewing them yourself and giving them a try!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3-4 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep