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Dark Matter 2016 session

Before I decide to take the remainder of the tea session outside, I wanted to write a quick review from the first 4 cups. Altogether a great tea. It’s a dark oolong (which are always a delightful treat) that has quite a kick to it.

First steep: 15s. Rice (which was overcooked and left on the bottom of the pan), wet rocks with mossy undertones, minerals, and slight char notes. Pretty “meaty” aftertaste, similar to the dark crust left on an overcooked hamburger.

Second steep: 45s. More char. The aftertaste is all char/overcooked crusty meat. I don’t mean that it IS meaty, but it definitely is thick. Has that charcoal-esq flavor to it.

Third steep: 60s. Loses that heavy charcoal flavor. Kind of mellows out at this point. I have a slight char flavor, but there seems to be more of a mineral bite to it. Slight astringency, but nothing too serious.

Fourth steep: 80s. I’m getting a floral-tobacco flavor. Rich dark tobacco. The floral undertones sweeten it up quite a bit. I’m really liking where this is going. I think there may be a few more steeps to go, but I’m feeling tea drunk at the moment, considering I’ve had a lot of tea within 30 minutes….Ha-ha. I give this the thumbs up.

Flavors: Char, Mineral, Rice, Roasted, Tobacco, Wet Rocks

Rasseru

I also steep this like a puerh, 5/5/7/10/15/20/30 etc and it works nicely

MadHatterTeaDrunk

I wanted to have fun with it and increase the steeping time. I usually steep pu-erh 5/5/10/10/15/15/20/25/30/60; depending on the strength of the tea, too. I wanted a quick fix in the limited time that I had prior to work.

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Rasseru

I also steep this like a puerh, 5/5/7/10/15/20/30 etc and it works nicely

MadHatterTeaDrunk

I wanted to have fun with it and increase the steeping time. I usually steep pu-erh 5/5/10/10/15/15/20/25/30/60; depending on the strength of the tea, too. I wanted a quick fix in the limited time that I had prior to work.

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Mostly drinking sheng/shou puerh. I prefer brewing via gongfu, but I have a tendency to drink flavored teas Western style at work (it just works out better that way).

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Drinking down a lot of my teas in 2020. I may not observe these sessions as much as I’d like, but I’ll note them, when the mood strikes.

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