About 3 weeks ago I received some da yu ling from Floating Leaves. When I first tried it I didn't seem to get very much flavor. The packet has since been stored in the packet it came with as well as inside a sandwich bag.
I can't seem to get any flavor out of the leaves no matter how hard I try. I tried again today and still nothing. I tend to drink more oxidized/roasted oolongs. Is the flavor of da yu ling that subtle? I've had other high mountain oolongs as well as other oolongs from Floating Leaves.
I used 9g of tea in a 150ml gaiwan. The gaiwan was not filled all the way with water. I did a rinse with boiling water. Then a few infusions for 20, 40 second steepings. I then tried a few 5 minute infusions with boiling water.
Here is the gaiwan(from Redblossom if it matters):
Here are the leaves with a coin shown for scale. They are quite nice!
I previously drank some of Mountain Tea's medium roast dong ding and after the failed da yu ling I had some medium roast Anxi from Yunnan Sourcing. Is this oolong really more subtle than these?
Am I doing something wrong? For you germaphobes, I am fully aware of the kinds of things crawling on coins and bills. My hands and the plate were very thoroughly washed after touching the coin