Name: Wuyi Dark Roast Oolong
Region: Wuyi mountains, Fujian, China
Bought At: Samovar
Price: $4 for a “one pot” sample
First Impressions: Dark, very earthy smell
The first thing that was interesting to me was that the instructions said to rinse the leaves with boiling water to “awaken” them. I had heard that some people do this, but have never seen it on the instructions of any before. Regardless, once brewed the tea was a dark cup, with a very heavily roasted smell (hence the name I suppose…) Given the darkness and roasted smell, I was expecting something with a fairly bitter aftertaste, not so. It actually was quite smooth, very full, and good. I was expecting a lot more powerful taste but it is actually very mellow. I also enjoyed that you could make multiple cups from the same leaves, I think it helps justify the higher cost. Overall very good, not really what I was expecting, but good!
3.5 / 5