I agree with ifjuly that the first couple of steepings didn’t do much for me. Just a bit too delicate for my tastes, I guess. On the third steeping, I finally got that base note that hits me in the chest in a good way. The fourth was sublime, with high/low/salty/sweet complexity firing at me, though in a more delicate way than Mandala’s milk oolong. I think I’m going to have to put this one away until I’ve developed a more sensitive palate. Right now, I prefer the more obvious pleasures of milk oolong, but who knows how long that will last.

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I love cooking, gardening, photography, studying languages, alleys, riding bikes everywhere, snowboarding, travel, dogs, and oddly, housekeeping (as much as one can with another career). Also working on the lifelong dream of starting a business.

If I could only drink four teas ever again, they would be Black Beauty (Mandala), Huang Zhi Xiang Phoenix Mountain Dancong (Verdant), Silver Buds Yabao (Verdant), and Shan Lin Xi Concubine (Eco-Cha, at least the fall 2013). These teas are ridiculous.

Current tea shops under exploration:
Camellia Sinensis

Wish list:
Mountain Tea
Den’s Tea
Taiwan Tea Crafts
Tea Drunk
Suggestions welcome!


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