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I finished off of what I had of this tea. To think that I raved about how Guanyin visited me the first time I tried it in a delirious slew of gong fu and grandpa brewing in my dorm room. I’ve graduated from MSU with a degree in Social Studies ed. with a history ed. minor, and I wait for placement for student teaching.

Guanyin needed to visit me again. I brewed this in a triangular tea pot and brewed it over and over. I did not time it precisely, but I sprinkled a little bit of water in my tea cup to test it, then decided when to pour it based on the color and taste of the liquor. I went for a fragrant aroma and a very light, lemon chiffon yellow. The florals were popping and so bright that it made me think of cucumber and hops, and they changed with every brew. I believe that this tea is also used for Spirit Tea Co., which used “Notes of Honeysuckle, Cucumber, and Fresh Hops.” in their description. I happen to agree with that description for the most part, but the honeysuckle was more of a strong background with a different floral in the front. They did not mention the watercress refreshing quality it also had, nor its heady lightness. It’s somewhat creamy in texture, but it has a rising green quality that was almost eucalyptus-ish for me-though I would not said it had that flavor. The cucumber thing got stronger over time, almost becoming overwhelming at brew 8 after three minutes.

I’ve come far and have so much farther to go. I wait anxiously for placement so that some semblance of a career can finally begin as I wait for a new gaiwan and two new oolongs from a company that has intrigued me. I’m also very close to trying THE O DOR, but I also need to save what money I have left over for a good daily drinker oolong. I know now that Tie Guan Yin is not the daily drinker I am looking for, but it is one that I will never shun if it comes my way.

CrowKettle

Congratulations, and good lucks with placement! :)

I keep eyeing THE O DOR too, but those bulk prices

Daylon R Thomas

Yeah, I know. If only I could at least sample the Blue Oolong Lotus, The De Loup, and the T.E. Milky Oolong without the hefty price.

Fjellrev

Awesome, Daylon, congratulations! I hope you can snag a placement with a snap of a finger.

hawkband1

Congratulations on graduating! And good luck with placement.

Evol Ving Ness

Congrats, Daylon! Here, placements are a long long slog of contract work. Hopefully, things are a bit easier there.

Also, I can just picture you in a delirious slew of steeping in your dorm room. It made me smile.

Daylon R Thomas

Thanks guys! From what I heard, a lot of the schools that MSU has contracts for in Southeast Michigan have yet to decide on their interns. My friends in Lansing/East Lansing have the process done for them by March, whereas the schools contact me directly and I pick the placement from the options that call me. I know of cases that are as late June. Here’s to the waiting game. Meanwhile, I’m gonna sub around home and drink LOTS of tea over the summer.

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CrowKettle

Congratulations, and good lucks with placement! :)

I keep eyeing THE O DOR too, but those bulk prices

Daylon R Thomas

Yeah, I know. If only I could at least sample the Blue Oolong Lotus, The De Loup, and the T.E. Milky Oolong without the hefty price.

Fjellrev

Awesome, Daylon, congratulations! I hope you can snag a placement with a snap of a finger.

hawkband1

Congratulations on graduating! And good luck with placement.

Evol Ving Ness

Congrats, Daylon! Here, placements are a long long slog of contract work. Hopefully, things are a bit easier there.

Also, I can just picture you in a delirious slew of steeping in your dorm room. It made me smile.

Daylon R Thomas

Thanks guys! From what I heard, a lot of the schools that MSU has contracts for in Southeast Michigan have yet to decide on their interns. My friends in Lansing/East Lansing have the process done for them by March, whereas the schools contact me directly and I pick the placement from the options that call me. I know of cases that are as late June. Here’s to the waiting game. Meanwhile, I’m gonna sub around home and drink LOTS of tea over the summer.

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First Off, Current Targets:
Taiwan Sourcing Luxurious Jade Sampler (FRICKIN’ PRICEY)
Taiwan Sourcing Longhan Nectar Red Oolong

The best Alishan and or Lishan for the best price
The best Jade Oolong Period.
The best Dancong Period.

What-Cha:
Nepal Jun Chiyabari ‘Himalayan Tippy’ Black Tea
Lishan (I’m always stocking up on it)

My wish list is fairly accurate though it is broad.

Current Favorites:
Shang Tea/Phoenix Tea:
Tangerine Blossom

Golden Tea Leaf Company:
Iris Orchid Dancong Oolong
Dung Ting Oolong (green)
Ali Mountain Oolong

What-Cha:
Taiwan Amber GABA Oolong
Vietnam Red Buffalo Oolong
China Yunnan Pure Bud Golden Snail Black Tea
Taiwan Lishan Oolong
Kenya ‘Rhino’ Premium White Tea

Hugo Tea: Vanilla Black Chai

Liquid Proust Teas:
French Toast Dianhong
Nostalgia

Floating Leaves Tea:
Dayuling

Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.:
“Old Style” Dong Ding

Me:

I am an MSU graduate about to become a high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii with a dominant Eastern Asian influence. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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