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Thanks so much for sending a sample, Kawaii433! I LOVE Baozhong and never have nearly enough around, as it seems they are hard to find… most tea shops don’t seem to have them. They are probably my favorite oolong. I used 1 1/2 teaspoons of leaves and not-quite-full mugs of water to get the suggested ratio (and so I could have another steep session later.) I was worried the ‘roast’ might disguise the amazing flavor of a Baozhong. Baozhong is lovely by itself. The scent of the steeped leaves seemed too roasty to me, but I shouldn’t have been worried. The flavor is divine from these huge, twisty, emerald leaves: smooth, silky, sweet, pineapple (pineapple like every lovely Baozhong should be!) with only a faint hint of anything roasted. The first steep was somehow the most complex. I shouldn’t have steeped the third steep at boiling, but it wasn’t ruined by any means — no astringency. But the flavor was less unique. The first steep couldn’t have been better. It was like sipping from a magic high mountain stream – full of minerals and goodness. This is a fantastic tea, roasted or not. Definitely one of my favorites from What-cha, though that isn’t difficult since I’ve hardly tried What-cha and any Baozhong would probably be a favorite.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 loose teaspoons for a not-quite-full mug // 13 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min

Kawaii433

You’re very welcome. I’m going to have to try it with your technique next time :D

tea-sipper

Thanks again :D

Kittenna

I think baozhong/pouchong is also my favourite oolong! So good. I had a couple from Taiwan Tea Crafts and they were amazing.

tea-sipper

Oh good to know… I just visited the Taiwan Tea Crafts site for the first time… I will restrain myself. :D

LuckyMe

@Kittenna same here…I love baozhong! I’m all out at the moment and am impatiently waiting for TTC to roll out the new harvest so i can order some.

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Kawaii433

You’re very welcome. I’m going to have to try it with your technique next time :D

tea-sipper

Thanks again :D

Kittenna

I think baozhong/pouchong is also my favourite oolong! So good. I had a couple from Taiwan Tea Crafts and they were amazing.

tea-sipper

Oh good to know… I just visited the Taiwan Tea Crafts site for the first time… I will restrain myself. :D

LuckyMe

@Kittenna same here…I love baozhong! I’m all out at the moment and am impatiently waiting for TTC to roll out the new harvest so i can order some.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

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