What Oolong Are You Drinking

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Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:28 pm

LeoFox wrote:
Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:15 pm
I recently received this canister of tea from a friend. It seems to be a wuyi grown dancong? I have never tried this style before. Does anyone have experience with this?
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Says Yancha though on the box... maybe a similar name
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Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:49 pm

Seems to be wuyi yan cha, but called wu phoenix?
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:50 pm

I love you oolong time!

Finally received my tea order. I tried some not super high end, but much better than supermarket oolong ( Wayu rock ) and I'm really enjoying it. Darjeeling is still my favorite, but this oolong is not far behind.

I also got some green gold dragon jasmine. When I opened the bag it smelled like epoxy and it tasted like it. Am supposed to let sit out? Has this happened to anyone else? Any help would be appreciated. No such issues with the Pai mu tan or Wayu rock ( both very good ) purchased from the same vendor.
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Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:57 pm

pase22 wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:50 pm
When I opened the bag it smelled like epoxy and it tasted like it. Am supposed to let sit out? Has this happened to anyone else? Any help would be appreciated. No such issues with the Pai mu tan or Wayu rock ( both very good ) purchased from the same vendor.
Epoxy sounds like the packaging has some issues... not sure if that can be saved, if you can I would contact the vendor. That should not happen.

You probably mean Wuyi Rock tea, right?
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Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:36 am

Had my first tea session in about 4 months. I continued on with an opened bag of 98k Da Yu Ling. It was still good and had nice aroma, it tasted a little more bitter than I remember but that could either be from being opened for a while or my usual steeping parameters are too long after I haven’t had tea for a while.
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Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:07 am

So good you could have a little tea again. Hope it can be a bit more frequent going forward.
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Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:12 am

Shine Magical wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:36 am
Had my first tea session in about 4 months. I continued on with an opened bag of 98k Da Yu Ling. It was still good and had nice aroma, it tasted a little more bitter than I remember but that could either be from being opened for a while or my usual steeping parameters are too long after I haven’t had tea for a while.
Yes, nice to have you back with tea in hand. I’ve never had bitterness with DaYuLing, usually if I oversleep it just gets tannic and brassy. Wonder if it’s correlated to your body’s pH level, or maybe you didn’t sleep well.

Today, I’m enjoying Tillerman’s winter ’18 Weshan Bao Zhong. It is so creamy and floral, over the top pleasure even with high TDS Chrystal Geyser from the Adirondack’s.
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Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:52 pm

Shine Magical wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:36 am
Had my first tea session in about 4 months. I continued on with an opened bag of 98k Da Yu Ling..... it tasted a little more bitter than I remember but that could either be from being opened for a while.....
Nice to have you back! A pack of DYL that was opened months ago is likely to produce extra bitter taste. You might want to try flash-brewing & stacking several infusions. The combined infusions could have enough flavor & be less of a challenge to a body that has not been drinking tea for quite a while. Cheers
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Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:17 pm

Bok wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:57 pm
pase22 wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:50 pm
When I opened the bag it smelled like epoxy and it tasted like it. Am supposed to let sit out? Has this happened to anyone else? Any help would be appreciated. No such issues with the Pai mu tan or Wayu rock ( both very good ) purchased from the same vendor.
Epoxy sounds like the packaging has some issues... not sure if that can be saved, if you can I would contact the vendor. That should not happen.

You probably mean Wuyi Rock tea, right?
I will contact them when I have a chance. Yes, it Wuyi rock and it is very enjoyable.
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Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:49 pm

Having teaspring's Da Hong Pao.

Was worried my order was lost, but it arrived today, thankfully. 5 weeks with standard shipping, not too bad given the circumstances.
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Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:08 am

A little RouGui to wind down a hectic week and kickstart a relaxing weekend.....

Cheers!!!

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Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:32 am

If you've read my previous posts, You know I'm very new to tea and I'm still exploring different types of teas. I've discovered that Darjeeling and Oolong are my absolute favorite of all the teas I've tried which have been on the lower end of the price scale like Wuyi rock, Pai mu tan & similarly priced Darjeeling blend which is around $7-10/3.5oz bag. My question is: How much improvement should I expect with higher priced (still affordable for someone on a modest income) teas $20/3.5 oz bag? Where does diminishing returns start to set in.

I know some drink much higher end stuff which I have no issue with. I'm hoping to get OBJECTIVE feedback to my inquiry without judgment.
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Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:37 am

@pase22 yo hey ... I'm just brewing up a stuffed pot of dark meaning heavy roasted but still held back I must say, but importantly, well oxidised Tie Guan Yin ... You mention oolong and WuYi but you may want to get more specific unless you're asking for a push into various rabbit holes... Your call. .
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Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:13 pm

pase22 wrote:
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My question is: How much improvement should I expect with higher priced (still affordable for someone on a modest income) teas $20/3.5 oz bag?
It depends on one's palate and bank balance.

My daily teas are $10 to $20/100g.

Over $20/100g starts getting expensive for me, over $50 I generally won't buy.

I have had a $300/100g Keemun that was well worth it. I'd drink it daily if I could. Fifteen years ago I could get the same quality for $50/100g. Rare Chinese tea prices have increased dramatically the past 20 years, with the rise of China.

I consider most of the pricey Darjeelings I've had to be worth it. The best early spring Darjeeling is divine, as is the best fruity muscatel 2nd flush. Now and then I'll splurge on Long Jing, Yin Zhen, Gyokuro, Matcha. I rarely buy expensive Oolongs.

If you can afford it, try small sizes of lots of different tea, from different vendors. If you enjoy something, buy it in larger volume.

That is the only way to determine what is worth it to you personally.

But don't rush.
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Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:31 pm

joelbct wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:13 pm
pase22 wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:32 am
My question is: How much improvement should I expect with higher priced (still affordable for someone on a modest income) teas $20/3.5 oz bag?
My daily teas are $10 to $20/100g.

Over $20/100g starts getting expensive for me, over $50 I generally won't buy.
This is very much where I stand. I just discovered there's a nice tea shop with a good selection and very reasonable prices not far from me. I may just make take a ride into town over the weekend and try some stuff out.
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