Today’s cup is filled with quality tea from NYC (The Tea Gallery) that was graciously given to me by an online acquaintance, however it is not my cup of tea. It is a heavily roasted (double roasted) oolong that reminds me of light little bits of charcoal over tea. The leaves never really unfurl and become more than blackened twisted leaves, even over multiple steeps. The flavor is lacking IMO in that all you really taste is the roasting and very slight oolong characteristics. This may be for some, just not me.
Another Shui Xian I also received came from Singapore and was more normally roasted and was absolutely captivating. Lighter, more pronounced oolong flavor, and like a Chinese restaurant tea from heaven. It hit you with the aroma of tobacco or raisins dry, and turned into a wonderful brew that retained some of that raisin flavor as well as a bit of sweetness. It also had a slight earthy taste and a finish of light charcoal. That was much more in my range of happiness. However, I have sadly found that no more is available for purchase… and nothing makes you want something more and keeps you from being satisfied by other’s like the longing for that particular taste.