Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

Owes its flavors to oxidation levels between green & black tea.


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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by victoria3 » Jun 11th, '17, 16:39

Ferg wrote: Enjoying a early evening session of Hau Ying Chen's Roasted High Mountain Oolong kindly gifted from Victoria! This one was so tasty right off the bat and just keeps going, which I haven't experienced in awhile in primarily drinking sencha. I gets hints of rum flavor. It's nice and toasty, not over-roasted in the slightest. I can see why this has become a daily drinker for you. A lot of elements you look for in an oolong. Taste is lingering on the tongue still. Mmmm :P

Here were my brewing parameters, roughly. As I used a Yixing sized at 95ml, I cut the suggested tea amount in half, so opted for 6 grams. Steeps were as follows:

1st: 6g/95ml/200°F/60sec. --> my kettle has oolong set for 195°F, so I opted for a little higher. However, it was a little light first brew, so I followed your suggestion of off the boil for remaining steeps. Overdid amount of water too, so had a little super potent brew leftover. Wow was it strong!
2nd: 6g/90ml/off boil/60sec. --> this brew was much better!
3rd: 6g/85ml/off boil/2min. --> liked 2nd or 3rd brews best. Yum!
4th: 6g/85ml/off boil/8min.
5th: 6g/85ml/off boil/still steeping, going on 20min.
Going to attempt to get 7 brews out of this one. Will leave it steeping overnight.

Again, thanks for the wonderful tea! I will enjoy the remainder of this one.
Ferg I'm so pleased you like HY Chen's Roasted High Mountain. Interesting that you started with his most affordable lowest end oolong. That it is so good, and 'road ready' (in that it is not super delicate or precious), is an indication that Chen is an expert roaster. As an analogy, when I go to a restaurant and taste a simple salad I can tell whether what follows will be a culinary experience or just forgettable. I see you used slightly more leaf than I have so far, so I'll try upping leaf a little and see how that goes. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of his carbon roasted DaYuLing :D

By the way, since you gifted me Mountain Tea's Medium Roast Dong Ding Oolong, Special Reserve, which I thought was pretty good (although maybe a notch down from HY Chen's) I decide to try a few more of their greener oolong offerings since they are shipping out of Los Angeles. So far I've liked their High Mountain Jin Xuan, slightly rich slightly smooth buttery although a little light bodied. Since my brick and mortar Bird Pick tea shop closed recently I thought I'd explore other localy available everyday lightly oxidized high mountain oolongs.

Although, this morning after thoroughly enjoying HY Chen's LiShan Primitive Wild Forest I wondered why bother with anything less elevating. This oolong's rich sweet palate and high mineral content really vibrates. Such an elegant experience especially steeped in your beautiful Zisha pot. Wow awesome thank you.

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by victoria3 » Jun 18th, '17, 15:13

Really, really, like Té Company's medium charcoal roasted Honeyed Evergreen oolong from AliShan. It tastes just like its name, like sipping on sweet subtle evergreen pine needles with hints of dates, walnuts and peony. A very rich flavor profile that steeps well into 6 or 7 brews.

I followed with HY Chen's 2016 Charcoal Medium Roast DongDing JuneWhite which was a perfect seque. The Honeyed Evergreen lingering palate brought out a range of spicy notes in Chen's JuneWhite. Into the 5th steep I decided to add to the pot a few rosemary pedals. Excellent results both in flavor and aroma.
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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by Aya » Jun 18th, '17, 23:13

I am drinking jingxuan dongdingwulongcha from YouCha, brewed in my Gafu teapot, with organic sugared lemon peel.

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by ethan » Jun 19th, '17, 01:26

High Roller from Dr. Chen in Tainan: This properly stored oolong do not lose any characteristics; so, there is more than the flavor from the traditional charcoal roast. Excellent.

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by ethan » Jun 19th, '17, 16:27

Winterpeace from Dr. Chen. I think technically this is oolong, just oxidized enough not to be called a green tea. There is no taste of roasting. So delicious. I think in the winter I had been upping temperature but today was at 88C & quick steeping brought out sweetness making me think of honeysuckle & non-bitter vegetal flavor that tasted as if a bit of sweet butter had melted.....
(I usually don't get so particular about naming details of what I like....)

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by victoria3 » Jun 19th, '17, 17:06

ethan wrote: Winterpeace from Dr. Chen. I think technically this is oolong, just oxidized enough not to be called a green tea. There is no taste of roasting. So delicious. I think in the winter I had been upping temperature but today was at 88C & quick steeping brought out sweetness making me think of honeysuckle & non-bitter vegetal flavor that tasted as if a bit of sweet butter had melted.....
(I usually don't get so particular about naming details of what I like....)
That sound very good! Tasting details can be very helpful.

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by Arkose » Jun 20th, '17, 03:23

ethan wrote: (I usually don't get so particular about naming details of what I like....)
That's when you know you've got to stock up.

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by dizzo » Jun 20th, '17, 16:50

I purchased some cheaper offerings from Taiwan Sourcing. These are all for work because I cant really put a lot of effort into brewing. Today I had the "Winter Rhythm" from 2015. A very modest priced tea with excellent flavor. Very multi layered. Lasted several very good infusions.

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by victoria3 » Jun 22nd, '17, 18:44

A 2017 Spring showdown is imminent between Shiuwen's Floating Leaves & Elena's Té Company Spring LiShans. Both were awesome last year so I'm looking forward to back to back tasting. Right now enjoying Elena's 2016 Pear Mountain at South Ridge LiShan, full bodied and super smooth sweet buttery and fruity through multiple steeps (7-9). It's nice to know two women on opposite coasts with such refined palates.

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by kyarazen » Jun 22nd, '17, 23:31

drinking a blended and roased oolong from a local merchant. its one of the recipes that they have been selling for over half a century, and instrumental to their business survival, importing different types of leaf and blending/re-roasting locally

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by jayinhk » Jun 23rd, '17, 12:24

kyarazen wrote: drinking a blended and roased oolong from a local merchant. its one of the recipes that they have been selling for over half a century, and instrumental to their business survival, importing different types of leaf and blending/re-roasting locally
Which one? :) I stocked up at Pek Sin Choon when I was in SG last!
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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by JimMinor » Jun 23rd, '17, 15:48

First post :D
My locale seller, sold me a Ba San Cha Ren Dao Hong Pao(fromWuyi Star), i tried to google it, but i found nothing, anyone knows about this?
It's good enough, sweet and smooth with some nuts notes, but has a weak mineral taste.

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by ethan » Jun 24th, '17, 15:36

High humidity has my tasting capabilities working very well; so, I have concentrated on tea and food today. I've been steeping at lower temperature than usual for roasted oolongs in an attempt to emphasize the flavors that don't come from roasting. I think it has been successful. The Father's Love which was hurt by heat, though not ideal, is delicious w/ many flavors through several infusions. Best is the drink from the serving pitcher which has some of each infusion in it. The Drawer 2 which was also effected by heat, is rougher but still good roast side by side with green gaoshan.
I'm going to take notes. I don't think I need to have so much variety, especially since with the best oolongs that I have, offering different experiences from different preparation.

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by kyarazen » Jun 26th, '17, 22:30

jayinhk wrote:
Which one? :) I stocked up at Pek Sin Choon when I was in SG last!
pek's! :D :mrgreen:

the next time you're at peks you could consider checking out 3 shops away, level 2.. i might be there :P

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Re: Official what Oolong are You Drinking Right Now?

by jayinhk » Jun 27th, '17, 00:04

kyarazen wrote:
jayinhk wrote:
Which one? :) I stocked up at Pek Sin Choon when I was in SG last!
pek's! :D :mrgreen:

the next time you're at peks you could consider checking out 3 shops away, level 2.. i might be there :P
I'll do that! :D

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