Thanks so much, Kawaii433! Always happy to sample… even if it takes me a while. I really need to focus on new-to-me teas! I haven’t even been caught up on reading any tasting notes for at least a week… I was doing well with that for a long while too! So I hope everyone is doing okay. A hot day seemed like the perfect day to brew this one up. The leaves are the brightest green (did I ever mention green is my most favorite color? Probably because of tea… mostly because of trees… and from a young age… Return to Oz when Dorothy had to touch all the emerald items and say “Oz” to get the heck away from the Nome King.) ANYWAY this tea is fantastic. As lovely as an oolong can be: all four steeps are fairly steady. No astringency or bite. Throughout I’m tasting mostly fruit, like pineapple or pear. Then hints of floral, but only floral in the way of something like a buttercream frosting infused with flowers might be. I don’t know if that’s a thing, but it should be. Minerals and sweetness throughout every sip. I haven’t had many Lishan oolongs but this is certainly what I expect of them. The unraveled leaves are huge, full and healthy… and taking up the infuser basket — quite a feat since I started with only a teaspoon. An awesome tea for awesome weather.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 15 minutes after boiling // 2 min
Steep #4 // just boiled // 3 min
2019 sipdowns: 51 (and almost the middle of the year… how the heck did that happen?!?!)