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 DaYuLingFerg 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
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.
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.