The second tea at *Dinosara*’s yesterday. After the Sticky Rice flavored puerh a few weeks ago, I think we were both set to enjoy a nice sheng.
After a quick rinse, the first steep (pour in-pour out!) had a light jasmine flavor, with a surprising depth and vague sweetness. I recalled a nice jasmine flavor and surprising sweetness from the one steep I had when Liquid Proust gave this to me, and I was hoping for a repeat performance on the second steep.The second steep had a stronger sheng flavor and the jasmine was stronger as well, lending a sweet blossom flavor to the tea, but not nearly as sweet as I recalled. Perhaps it is because we gongfu steeped this tuo, and the previous had been steeped in a rather large pot.
The third steep the jasmine scent was stronger, but the flavor was decently bitter. The fourth it had pretty much turned into a nice sheng with little hints of jasmine now and then. We stopped at the 8-10 steeps range (we lost count), and it continued as the fourth steep throughout.
The compounded leftovers of all the steeps was quite delicious. Much more depth and the presence of jasmine flavoring was still obvious. I would chose to drink it this way next time.

Flavors: Jasmine

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I started drinking something other than Sleepytime in my first year of grad school, 2011. Enabled by a few decent local tea shops in a big city, I amassed a small cupboard of teas that I now find harsh and bad (haha, I’m getting in too deep!). With my move back to the US and subsequent geographic isolation from tea shops, I recently discovered the world of online tea vendors.
My cupboard is slowly growing but still small. Regardless I am interested in swaps, if you find something in my collection that you would like to try, ask away! I just can’t guarantee yet that I have a lot of it!
I’m very into Jade oolongs and anything that has a floral character (especially jasmine, rose, violet, and lychee scented things!). Most green teas, excepting the extremely bitter, are good in my book, and again I seek sweeter, fresher, greener types, though nutty/savory teas have their place (as long as they don’t tip over into salty!). I then to shy away from smokey or overly roasted teas and for this reason and the fact that I am not a fan of chocolate, everyone’s favorite blacks and wuyi oolongs tend to fall flat for me. White teas are alright but I don’t tend to reach for them unless they are floral scented. I rarely drink herbals, chamomile and I do not get along, but a basic vanilla rooibos, or some flavored green rooibos’ can be interesting.
In general, it could be said that I tend toward floral and sweet oolong, sheng (as well as moonlight whites and yabaos), matcha, and green teas.

As of now my rating system follows the school grading scale in terms of how well the tea performs and how well I like it (100-90 A, 89-80 B, etc.). Anything above 90 will eventually end up in my cupboard, though it’s fine to keep a B student around for daily drinkers!


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