Thanks very much, Meowster, from a while ago! The bundles here are HUGE. Probably the biggest bundles of oolong I’ve ever seen. Maybe the bigger bundles mean a more milder flavor? Less leaves in the scoop? The flavor is certainly different from a typical oolong, though tough for me to describe why. Very mineral – very sweet, hint of sweet corn and cream. Kept the flavor going on the second steep. Got busy and didn’t do a third steep the next day… so sadly tossed the leaves on the third day. I won’t use the same leaves for over 72 hours. Had enough to try again though! The second steep session about a month later was much the same. Almost a tangy quality when cooled on the second steep. The third steep session to finish the leaves off, also not really distinct flavors here… not a helpful tasting note… All I’m getting flavor-wise is MILD. OOLONG. Should have been all different parameters with all three steep sessions, and really no change in flavor between ANY of the eight mugs. I’m sure this absolutely tasted much better (and more distinct) when it was fresh, so that is a shame. I love the flavor notes on Leafhopper’s tasting note. I wish I had tasted any of that! But it looks like Leafhopper used many more leaves than I did, so I guess I SHOULD have steeped the second and third steep sessions together. Darn it – should have read Leafhopper’s note sooner.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 29 minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 22 minutes after boiling // 1 min
Second steep session:
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 32 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 min
Steep #3 // ??
Third Steep session:
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 30 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 20 minutes after boiling // 3 min
Steep #3 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 min
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