Baci15 wrote:Hello all.
So, I recently received an order from Norbu tea, containing a 2011 spring Tie Luo Han Wuyi oolong. The problem is, I can't get much flavor out of it. I use about 8-9 grams for a 180 ml gaiwan (around half way full of dry leaves). I use water around 208-210 degrees f, and steep it for 15 seconds, (I have tried up to 25). The resulting liquor does not have much aroma or flavor. What should I do? I am quite new to Wuyi oolongs, so the problem is probably me. I do use tap water for all my teas, because it's really good water, and tastes fine.
There are many different qualities of Wu Yi teas, ranging from absolutely aweful to heavenly. Real Ti Lo Han is generally one of the more expensive and rare Wu Yi teas. But not all that is sold as Ti Lo Han is also Ti Lo Han.
I don't know the particular tea you bought, but the ratio should be sufficient, also the temperature of the water. The age of the tea should not be a problem as Wu Yi teas also benefit from aging.
The only thing i can think of is the use of tap water. Often the better teas are extremely sensitive to water quality. Good tasting tap water does not necessarily make good tea water. Try good bottled spring or artesian water, such as Volvic or Fiji.