SkySamurai’s mystery advent tea #4 backlog from 12/17
Hmm, I wonder if SkySamurai will try to trick me with some of these teas. This LOOKS like a black tea, but slightly dusty or purplish. But then the instructions say to steep at 185 degrees so now I’m really doubting if this is a black tea. The brew looks very light brown but upon tasting it, it seems to me like a Ruby varietal. That plumy, marzipan, but with a hint of menthol type flavor. I really like Ruby teas. If I had to have a second guess, I would think it was a very flavorful purple tea, but I don’t think purple teas are usually this flavorful. The second steep is very faded in flavor, mostly tasting of minerals, so this is another clue that makes me think it is a Ruby varietal. They always fade on me with the second steep. haha. Was I correct? NO. Also never heard of zealong!! This is apparently a black tea from New Zealand that has something to do with oolong!
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons // 24 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 min
2020 Sipdowns: 102 (one of Mandala’s puerhs – forgetting the name now…)