This is my first time trying this tea! I have high expectations, since I love their green and black versions so much.

The brew smells sweet, and distinctly reminds me of the smell of acorn squash with butter and brown sugar on it. It was literally my first thought- this tea smells like squash! And something more, something resembling barley.

You guys, it tastes like it smells. I am a bit blown away here! This tea tastes like I’ve sweetened it with ….hmmm I having a hard time pinpointing it. Not honey, not brown sugar. Something like caramel most likely, to produce that incredible buttery-squash sweetness.

It’s not just squash I taste. That grainy taste is there – so good! Also the familiar chocolate I love so much in Laoshan Black. It’s just so much sweeter in this version, guys. I LOVE this tea. Mr. He hit this one out of the ball park!

Second steep 45s. This steep most of the squash is gone, followed by a roasted grain flavor. This steep is hearty. I feel as if I’m eating a meal! The sweetness is later in the sip, and is more like raw sugar than caramel. As the cup cools the sweetness just bursts into your mouth.

I’m probably going to be steeping this out for awhile!

I can tell you right now that I’m going to be carefully hoarding the 1 oz I have of this. This tea is not cheap! I don’t hold that against it though- this is a truly handcrafted, artisan tea. If you enjoy roasted oolong with satisfying grainy notes, you should absolutely try this tea.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love tea. I first tasted loose leaf when my grandpa brought some back from Russia and I remember just savoring it. Not sure what kind it was; all I remember is that it was loose leaf and it was good. =)

I really enjoy oolong, jasmine tea, and white tea. I especially love those black teas with chocolate notes! Also, chai is a constant favorite. I enjoy green tea, but need to be in the mood for it to actually want it.

As far as tisanes go, I enjoy chamomile and occasionally a mint. I am interested to try rooibus and honey bush. I do prefer teas without artificial flavoring but I’m willing to try most things.

I know next to nothing about puerh, but I like what I have tried so far.

I am consistently amazed at the flavors contained in one leaf. I am on a quest to discover all of them! Slowly, though. Good tea is expensive. :P

Other things I enjoy: Books. My family. Truth. Campfires. Animal Rescue. Gardening. Sushi. Mountain biking. Documentaries. Trees. Music. Culture. Sour cream raisin pie. Not necessarily in that order. :P


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