Salsero wrote:Also, probably expecting too much. It would be nice if they labeled with "regular" tung ting or something. I will try again tomorrow.
A lot of times oolongs go stale, this is because they have a relatively short shelf life if stored improperly (unless they are good at aging, which some oolongs really are, but those have to be stored right to age right). The really cool thing, and something that all oolong vendors probably do a lot, is occasional reroasting. Chances are, if you don't like the oolong, and it has good 'tea quality' (a term that is vague because I couldn't tell you what it is but I recognize it when I see it ) a simple 10 minute refresh roast in your rice cooker warm cycle will put it back to special. That doesn't work? try another cycle, repeat until satisfied. I have never failed to 'bring back' an oolong of decent quality.
If you are overwelmed with samples, maybe now would be a good time to experiment with refresh roasting..
Keep enough of the old tea so you can compare, it's very educational.