55

Okay, I’m ready to rate it. Given how much I paid for it and its terroir, this tea’s too weak. I like lighter blacks, but this one doesn’t have a lot going on and I feel like it lost flavor. It’s got more character in the dry leaf aroma before I brew it, and the leaves are gorgeous. Then when I go with shorter steeps, more leaf, I get a darker Bai Hao adjacent. When I use less leaves and brew it longer, I get a vaguely fruity black tea that’s flat.

I might change the rating when I figure it out. I’m disappointed anyway.

Flavors: Drying, Papaya, Tea, Wood

Leafhopper

I feel like vendors should provide steeping instructions if their teas are hard to brew. I hope you’re able to find parameters that work.

Daylon R Thomas

Harney is usually good about it suggesting basics around western and gong fu. It’s a forgiving tea, but I have really be careful to get anything substantial out of it. Too bad the leaves are so beautiful and nice smelling.

Leafhopper

It’s always disappointing when a beautiful tea doesn’t steep as expected.

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Leafhopper

I feel like vendors should provide steeping instructions if their teas are hard to brew. I hope you’re able to find parameters that work.

Daylon R Thomas

Harney is usually good about it suggesting basics around western and gong fu. It’s a forgiving tea, but I have really be careful to get anything substantial out of it. Too bad the leaves are so beautiful and nice smelling.

Leafhopper

It’s always disappointing when a beautiful tea doesn’t steep as expected.

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
Best Sachet Teas
Spring, Winter Taiwan High Mountain Oolongs

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, Taiwanese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling, Jasmine Shan Lin Xi; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong; Paru’s Milk Oolong

Me:

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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