2015 Golden Buddha Oolong

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Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea Leaves
Decayed Wood, Dirt, Earth, Honey, Wet Earth, Wet Wood, Brown Toast, Caramel, Nutty
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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 6 g 11 oz / 315 ml

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Our Golden Buddha is a mix of stem and leaf from premier plants grown in Taiwan’s famous Nantou village. These leaves were picked in mid-spring and fired repeatedly over several days, imbuing the tea with a rich, toasted aroma and a pronounced clean finish. This toasty tea is low in caffeine and can be enjoyed for multiple steeps.

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One of the least favorite teas I ever received in a Steepster select box. Perhaps I received the “bottom of the barrel” scrapings, but the mere teaspoon sample in the pouch was not identifiable as any type of oolong. More like a musty mess of really poor grade leaves. I like earthy teas, but this really was sub par. Rethinking the cost of Steepster Select with the tiny size of samples recently.

Flavors: Decayed Wood, Dirt, Earth

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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First infusion: Incredibly flavorful. Light woody taste combined with a very strong honey. I also included “wet earth” which sounds unappetizing but this is mostly due to the liquor’s scent. Together the scent and taste feels like eating fresh honey in a spring forest after a light rain storm. Probably the most intense scent/taste combination.

Second infusion: Just as great as the first, less wet earth and more honey. Same amount of woody.

Third infusion: Once again excellent, muted earth and wood. Mostly honey left.

Fourth infusion: Very similar to the third infusion.

Fifth infusion: Slightly muted honey, I decided to call it quits after this infusion.

Probably my favorite oolong thus far. I am taking recommendations for anything similar to this since I can’t find any information on this specific tea.

Flavors: Honey, Wet Earth, Wet Wood

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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