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Roasted oolong

December 3, 2007 · Leave a Comment

The second sample I got from the same place

“Old Oolong — recently roasted, 3000 (this refers to NTD/jin)”. That’s what I drank.

Today I was wiser and only put in about half a bag…. no more overfilling of the gaiwan

Looks roasted all right.

Sure looks roasted all right.

The tea actually is less charcoal-tasting than I thought, but still charcoal tasting, a bit. Cool in the throat, a bit, and when the dust settles, you can feel the aftertaste of an aged oolong. It’s not the most exciting thing, but it’s actually better than I thought. Some roasted stuff can taste more charcoal-like and less pleasant… sometimes that’s fixable by just leaving it around for a while. The charcoal taste will dissipate. Sometimes though the roasting is too much… and the tea becomes flat and boring. Thankfully, it wasn’t the case here.

I also put in exactly one pebble of the biyuzhu from two days ago in today’s tea — I noticed it was sitting in the other sample bag. Can you find Waldo?

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