Personally I enjoy a more robust and stronger flavor tea. However not all of my friends or guest enjoy such strong teas. This one is a nice way for me to entertain company without overpowering their taste buds right away. As far me if I am wanting something stronger I just let my pour steep a little longer.
The flavor is smooth with a lingering finish that lightly trails off.
This is so awesome. I've brewed it at multiple temps in different pots and it has consistently tasted good. I've also cold brewed it and it was great to drink cool first thing in the morning. It's also forgiving water wise, I didn't use anything fancy and I could still enjoy complex flavors in this tea.
Really great flavor, clean and crisp and a hint of sweetness, one of my favorite teas.
I have had Duckshit before. It's a very relaxing oolong. This 80-year old bush Duckshit is amazing. It's my new favorite. Relaxing and enjoyable. So happy I bought it when I did.
Super smooth taste and calming effect. It’s so good and smells amazing! I can drink it all day!
I brewed this about 9 times. The first 8 in a small woodfired pot and the last in a glass container overnight. Each brew was delicious and flavorful. About 170-180° and for less than 40sec for the first 8. The overnight brew was with room temperature water and the flavor still came out in the morning. Would definitely recommend and I've bought 4oz.
This is an amazing tea! Very smooth texture, and a hint of honey after taste. My husband, (who's not really a fan of any tea) actually had a second and third cup , much to my astonishment. We had tried a sample size and immediately went back to the store to purchase the 4oz size because it was so good. A definite win!
Honey Jin Jun Mei
I was confident when I got the aroma to open the package for the first time. And it was true. Honey Jin Jun Mei just blew my mind. The color was gorgeous, sweet and strong aroma brought me back to my childhood memory with nostalgia. Some people may think it's chocolate but it was "Ishiyakiimo (sweet potatoes roasted on hot pebbles)" to me. I enjoyed it over and over like 8 brews, could be 10! It's never got bitter. I felt so good and relaxed with it.
Not a beginner type of tea. Very earthy, which can taste like licking rocks and I know that doesn't sound like a pleasant taste. I brewed this in my mineral rich pot and nearly knocked myself out because the mineral taste was so enhanced. So I tried it in a porcelain gaiwan, which brought out those floral notes. I think you have to be careful with your teapot and brewing method with this.
While purchasing other tea, I got a sample of da hong pao. This particular oolong is a yancha. "Yancha" translates to "rock tea," and the Wuyi region is famous for them. These teas are known as rock teas because of the high mineral content in the soil which gets pulled into the tea plants. It results in a very distinctive flavor, and that flavor is why da hong pao and other yanchas are so prized.
I was eager to try it out so I did at work by bowl-brewing it (basically, you get a large bowl like a matcha bowl, put the tea in there and drink it as it brews). That was a mistake - it was floating around in the bowl and it was hard to drink - a rolled oolong is better with bowl brewing. Chalk one up to experience! I next tried a porcelain gaiwan. This was much better - a nice tea to enjoy at the office. Really chill. I got home after work and used my clay pot dedicated to brewing Wuyi teas. MAGIC. A woodsy, almost pleasant leathery, slightly floral smell. A spicy, mineral taste fading to what I can only describe as a mellow pretzel. Very complex, and even more relaxing.
Definitely not for those who are used to flavored teas - if you are, and you want to try more traditional Chinese or Japanese teas, I suggest you work your way up to yanchas. This is something you want dedicated brewing tools for, and time to savor.
I don’t really care for the first waft of the scent after the brew...noticed the mineral notes that I don’t really care for....almost like a rock/earth scent. After awhile it develops to a more floral scent.
This is some of the best Oolong I've ever had.
Im having trouble drinking other oolongs now, they are not as satisfying anymore. I Highly recommend trying this.
I'm not the biggest fan of white tea. It has a lot of health benefits that women enjoy but taste wise...eeh. Bai mudan is the best out of all options. The flavor profile is complex and evolving. I used a raw wood fired pot with 180° water and the difference between brews was outstanding. I like it and will be drinking more of it.