Like another reviewer, I found the roasted flavor too intense at the recommended steeping time. I found that shorter times (50+ sec) and lower temps produced a mellower result. Personally I have enjoyed this tea the most when I blend 20% of it with an unroasted tea (Jin Xuan). That way I get the toasty notes mixed with more sweetness and delicate aroma. Would buy again for that purpose.
My first purchases from Eco-Cha were: Eco Farm Heavy Roasted Oolong, LUGU COMPETITION DONG DING, AND ROASTED TSUI YU OOLONG.
I did a side-by-side comparison of the three, steeping 4 grams of each tea in 10 oz of just below boiling water. I let them all cool slightly because I can’t recognize the flavors at too high a temperature. I also tasted each when cooled to room temperature.
Here are my observations:
Lugu Competition Dond Ding:
Subtle woody aroma. Full body, rich, full mouth feel, very bold flavors. Smoothest of the 3. As it cooled, floral oolong notes came out.
Eco Farm Heavy Roasted Oolong:
Very similar in aroma to Competition. Bold woody taste. Mouth feel is narrower, it doesn’t explode like the competition. It’s a little more astringent. When cooled, floral notes weren’t present.
ROASTED TSUI YU OOLONG:
WOODY AROMA WITH DEFINITE Spicy notes. The woody taste is more subtle, balanced out by other flavors like licorice, cardamon, and vanilla. All in all, more nuanced. The only drawback was it was a
I think my order of preference is; ROASTED TSUI YU OOLONG, COMPETITION, AND FINALLY THE ECO FARM. HOWEVER, THEY WERE ALL EXCELLENT. I WOULDN’T HESITATE TO PURCHASE ANY OF THEM AGAIN.
I find this to be a good valued tea. Hits a sweet spot of roast for me, not too much not too little. The quality of the tea is 7/10 by my standards. I am no expert but I tried this tea in the sampler pack and enjoyed it greatly and found the price-point to quality ratio put it solidly as an excellent value daily drinker tea.
Last time I ordered this (may '21) it was amazing - really flavourful and deep.
This time around (Sep 21) it's really disappointing, more astringent, much less deep and satisfying, sort of empty tasting. Wish I hadn't ordered 150gr...
Thank you for your second order and for taking the time to post a review! We checked your purchases, and confirmed that the Roasted Tsui Yu Oolong that you bought in May is the very same batch as the one you recently bought. This particular tea selection is offered a year after the harvest date in order for it to be roasted and aged for optimal results. So we have been offering spring 2020 batch since early 2021.
So we encourage you to try varying the proportion of leaves to water, and the brewing time. The brewing vessel can also be a determining factor on flavor and composition. For this heavy roast Oolong, we recommend boiling temperature water. Please let us know if you have any further questions or comments!
This is my 4th tea that I've tried from Eco-Cha's sampler, all of which I've enjoyed (some more than others of course). The unroasted Tsui Yu was very light and floral, maybe a bit subtle for my palate. The Dong Ding I tried was very roasty, delicious but maybe sometimes a bit overwhelming with its aroma.
This Roasted Tsui Yu is a perfect balance of the two flavor profiles IMO. I get the smoky and nutty roasted flavors, but they don't take over the floral notes. They intermingle with them in a way that's really pleasant and holds up extremely well across many steeps.
If I were to order more tea from Eco-Cha (and I probably will), I would 100% get more of this. At the price point, it's a no-brainer for a daily-drinker.