Noonie wrote:I've been drinking quality loose tea from vendors recommend here for about two years. My current pattern is 2 cups of Sencha when I wake up, a couple more mid-morning and then a gong fu session with oolong after dinner. I also dabble with Gyokuro. In terms of oolong I've had Wuyi, TGY, Dan Cong and others (entry to mid price). I have a couple kyusu's and Gaiwans, and one yixing.
Those with more years experience have probably been in a similar spot...where you have a good grounding in varieties of tea, technique, some teaware, and varying levels of experimentation. So what's next? Continue to try different teas, aged teas, single bush and other specialties, different vendors (all of the above)? I feel like I know my Sencha and have ones I like more than others. But with Oolong there is so much out there...
Would you consider matcha to mix up the green tea spectrum?
Also, goashan would be a good place to go with the oolong. Start at the low end, and move up to the highest end you can get, slowly (no one wants to break the bank). Experiment with roasting your own green oolongs. Experiment with different levels of roasted TGY perhaps? There is sooooo much you can do to mix it up.
After some time we all become experienced tea drinkers with our own brewing styles and taste preferences, but in reality most of us know about 1% of the total picture. Tea is something not even a true tea master can achieve 100% clarity on, and this is why it never becomes boring
There is a new harvest every year, and so there is always something new to look forward to!
Also, try comparing organically grown oolongs to non-organic...
Think outside the box! XD