Wow, this one is really working for me tonight! Sweet and delicious. I put 4g in the 100ish ml gaiwan, started out with 95deg water and let it slowly cool with successive steeps. Quite quick steeps: 5, 8, 12, 15, 18, 22, 25 (ish) seconds. First steep was sweet with a vanilla creaminess. Then the next several were chocolatey, but with the same sweet creaminess, so like milk chocolate rather than the dark cacoa flavour you get with some teas. Then some toasted grain mixed in with the chocolate. Now I’m starting to get some fruity notes, but that cane sugar sweetness is still there as well. Yummmmmm. :)

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Plum, Toasted, Vanilla

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Well it has been over a year and everyone I know thinks my tea obsession is a bit out of hand, so… I guess I’m not a total newbie anymore. :)

I’m drinking a lot more pure tea these days, though I still love a good flavoured blend too. Current favourites: Chinese and Taiwanese blacks, fresh Chinese greens, oolongs both green and roasted, sheng puer.

I really love companies that buy directly from tea farmers, and have an emphasis on quality and sustainability. Favourites: Verdant, Whispering Pines, Eco Cha, White 2 Tea. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, so I buy almost all my tea online.

For hot tea, I’m usually brewing in either a 100ml gaiwan, or a 10oz mug with a steeping basket. For cold tea, I cold brew overnight in 500ml mason jars.

My cupboard on Steepster doesn’t include small samples, just the ones I have at least 15g of. So if you see something you’re interested in, I probably have enough to share. :)


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