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This tea is bold, minty, flowery, and slightly spicy. I enjoy this tea quite a bit on its own but I just found out I really like it mixed with Laoshan Black. I used 1 tsp. Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity and 1 tsp. Laoshan Black. The result was a tea that is smoother and stronger than Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity but much more flavorful and interesting than Laoshan Black on its own.

This tea is also very interesting as an iced tea. I do think it’s slightly too herbal on its own for my liking. I haven’t tried mixing it with Laoshan black while icing but I imagine it would also be wonderful.

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I’ll have to try mixing it like you did. It’s a bit minty for my tastes so that might help since i LOVE laoshan black :)

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I steeped 3 oz. of this in a medium gaiwan (4 oz.) with boiling water for 3 seconds per infusion.

The initial taste definitely has a buttery or creamy mouth feel. The first sips of each cup taste light and feel smooth. Towards the end of each cup I notice a slightly bitterness that lingers after each sip. This aftertaste is not a smokey bitterness so much as an over-steeped bitterness.

I may have over-steeped this tea or maybe I should have used cooler water. This may be the first black tea that I have over-steeped gongfu style.

I do enjoy the initial taste of each cup. I will try steeping in cooler water next time.


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drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
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This is currently my favorite unflavored (camellia sinensis only) white tea.

I tried this tea iced recently and I think I like it even better than hot. It didn’t lose as much character when iced as most of the iced teas I’ve tried.

To ice the tea, I cold steeped it in the refrigerator and used about 8 oz of tea for 24 oz of water at first. I then diluted slowly diluted the tea as needed when drinking and resteeping. I got between 60 and 80 oz of refreshing iced tea out of the leaves over 3 days by this cold steeping method.

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The gong fu brewing method is the only one that works well for me when brewing this tea. I steep for a few seconds with very low temperature water at first (about 165 F) and then increase the steeping time by a few seconds and occasionally increase the water temperature by 5 to 10 degrees.

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drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
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I’m just finishing off a sampler of this tea that I received from Steepster a while back. This is the first of my Steepster sampler bags that I have finished off. While drinking this, I could get over half a dozen steepings out of this tea throughout the day.

I am usually not a fan of pouchong nor flavored teas, but this one was good. The coconut flavor works really well and makes this a very addicting tea.

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