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This is a great tea! The smokey caramel aromas after steeping fill the air and give a very comforting sensation. After a quick wash, the early steeps have a mildly smokey and roasted character with caramel flavors. There is a very mild bitterness and slight astringency that seems to coat the tongue with a floral sweetness that lingers after swallowing. Exhaling fills the senses with a floral honey. I can see why this tea is award winning. As the leaves open up, the smokiness fades and the tea starts to become similar to a Taiwanese high mountain oolong with less grassy notes and not as overwhelmingly floral. I think eco-cha’s description is spot on.

I started with a 10 second steep, then 15, 20, then up to 45 seconds.

Flavors: Astringent, Caramel, Floral, Pecan, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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