I was sent a sample of Mighty Leaf’s new loose leaf Wuyi Oolong two weeks ago and now I finally have some time (and drive) to do a little review. I made one pot of tea, using about 1 teaspoon of tea per cup and steeped it three separate times. I can’t say I was overly impressed with this tea but I wasn’t completely disappointed either.
I couldn’t find any information on how to steep this tea on Mighty Leaf’s website, so I tried 180F for three minutes on the first steep. The tea smelled a little nutty and reminded me of some other oolongs that I’ve tried before and loved. The brewed tea is a really nice honey color. Upon tasting, my mouth contorted into a pucker; The tea was so bitter, I really couldn’t enjoy it. I drank a quarter of my mug, added a lot of honey, then ended up dumping the last half into the sink. 180 degrees is too hot.
I tried a second time using water that was heated to 165F. This cup was enjoyable but still had a harshness to it. It was nutty, light and had a floral note to it. Something about it reminded me of a sweet cologne or perfume. I had a virgin cup and a second cup with honey. The honey blends perfectly with this tea, enhancing the floral notes.
The third steeping was my favorite; The tea tasted mostly floral and was lighter than the previous steepings. There was still astringency to the tea that coated the tongue. I like a smoother cup but it wasn’t unpleasant. The addition of honey to this tea put a smile on my face.
Get out your thermometer, I would recommend brewing this tea on the cooler side (165-170), lest you want a bitter slap in the tongue. Nothing stands out about this tea and I will not be ordering any more of it. I was glad to have been able to find a good temperature for this tea and I did like how the flavors changed with each brewing. A little of this tea would go a long way because you can get 3-4 cups from one serving and each steeping tastes like a slightly different tea.
If you’ve had a similar or completely different experience with this tea, leave a comment and let me know how long you steeped it and the temperature of the water that was used.