Wuyi Ensemble

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Wuyi Ensemble

Postby alternativecouple » Oct 14th, '07, 17:03

I recently ordered a number of samples from Adagio which included Wuyi Ensemble. I'm interested in hearing from others who have tasted this tea.

I typically like most oolongs, however this one seems really grassy to me like some brands of green tea that I have had. Am I perhaps not brewing it correctly...I used water that was below the boiling point (sorry don't have a way to measure exact temp at the moment), steeped it for about 5 minutes.

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Postby Chip » Oct 14th, '07, 21:11

Grassy wuyi??? I never heard of that.

I usually use a much shorter steeping time. But grassy? That is strange.

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Postby ABx » Oct 14th, '07, 22:39

I've had the Wuyi Ensemble. I'd describe it as woody, but not grassy. To be honest, I wasn't particularly impressed with the Wuyi Ensemble, but it's probably okay as far as the traditional Wuyi goes. I just much prefer the other Wuyi yancha varieties, like Rou Gui, Da Hong Pao, Shui Jin Gui, Shui Xian, Lao Cong Shui Xian, Tie Lo Han, etc etc.

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Re: Wuyi Ensemble

Postby skywarrior » Oct 15th, '07, 01:37

alternativecouple wrote:I recently ordered a number of samples from Adagio which included Wuyi Ensemble. I'm interested in hearing from others who have tasted this tea.

I typically like most oolongs, however this one seems really grassy to me like some brands of green tea that I have had. Am I perhaps not brewing it correctly...I used water that was below the boiling point (sorry don't have a way to measure exact temp at the moment), steeped it for about 5 minutes.


Grassy seems, well, wrong. I think you're over-brewing it. I've been setting the temp as for high greens and brewing it for 3-4 minutes, tops.

I've been impressed with the wuyi here, so maybe my tastes are eclectic. It's one of the better oolongs I've tasted, IMO.

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Postby alternativecouple » Oct 15th, '07, 08:30

Thanks for the suggestions...will try a shorter brewing time and see what I get.

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