What kind of Oolong are you trying to brew?
How much leaf are you using?
I think the main point that I noticed, where you might be having trouble, is leaving the water to sit for a few minutes after it boils to lower the temp.
There's no need to let it sit that long. Just about 5-10 seconds is enough.
1. Boil water.
2. Immediately pour a mug full of hot water, with no tea in it. Let it sit about 5-10 seconds, until you can feel the mug getting uncomfortably hot. Dump it out.
3. Put the strainer/leaves in the mug.
4. Pour the near-boiling water over the leaves in the strainer.
5. Wait about 5 seconds
6. Pull the strainer out
7. Dump the hot water.
8. Put the strainer with the now wet and slightly more puffy leaves back in the cup.
9. Pour more water in, and COVER the cup. Use a saucer or whatever is handy that will fit on the top of the cup.
I usually only brew for about 30 seconds per infusion. Maybe longer if it's a tighter rolled tea that doesn't unfurl quickly. After it's brewed up a bit, remove the strainer/leaves and set aside (in the saucer you used for a cover?) Make sure you use hot water everytime you do this. I'd repeat the whole process for each infusion, minus the first "leaf rinse" (steps 3-8), and increase brew time with each infusion. maybe.. 30sec, 45sec, 1min 15sec, 2 min, etc..
Depends on the leaves and how they respond to multiple infusions.
Anyhow, I think the main problem is just not having hot enough water!
Hope that helps,
Last edited by illium
on Jan 18th, '06, 13:12, edited 1 time in total.