Quickie note.

I westerned this one up and had a third accident of brewing too long, but the flavor of this one is incredibly rich. The roast is fairly prominent, but it adds to the flavor rather than taking anything away. I’m picky with darker roasts since they can be too harsh, cooked, or lean way too much in the roasted honey direction. This one was a lot more even, and I’m just going to use the notes What-Cha described, adding on what I tasted:
“Smooth texture
- Sweet honey and grapefruit taste
- Background roasted hazelnut notes”

The last two are very prominent. It starts off lightly floral, then immediately leans into acidity with honey and grapefruit, middling and ending with distinct roasted hazelnut. There some smoke splashed into the aftertaste too, and I occasionally got vanilla in steep 2 with some malt every once in a while. The later rebrews are smokey with some lingering citrus and acidity.

Yet again, I will write another note when I’ve drank this properly with less leaves or shorter steeps, but the flavors were still rich and distinct without being overwhelmed by oversteeped bitterness. It’s very good, and I’ll savor it during the last few weeks of cold fronts during the opening of spring.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Dark Bittersweet, Grapefruit, Hazelnut, Honey, Roasted, Smoke

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Tillerman Tea Traditional Oxidation Oolong
Tillerman Tea Phoenix Village Dong Dings
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong


I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.


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