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Azzrian’s tasting notes made this sound so good that I had to brew this tonight!

I did no rinse for this, and the first steeping (5 seconds) was my favorite. I did smell the banana strongest in this steeping and maybe some other kind of fruit smell, but I can’t say what.

In the second steeping (7 seconds), more roasted nutty aromas and flavors are came out, also caramel.

My third steeping was a 3 minute steep. It was pretty awful. The tannins became way too strong. All I could taste was strong caramel and the bitter tannins. This cup also made my throat very dry.

I need to use more patience and moderation in my brewing. If I’m going to brew western style, I need to learn to use less leaf, and when I brew gongfu style, I need to learn to have the patience to do 10 or more steepings. There are just too many teas to enjoy and not enough time!

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Ellen

Did you steep 3 mins on purpose? You should never do that much gong fu! I usually do 20-20-30.. slightly lengthen it (and it depends on amount of leaf too)

CharlotteZero

I was just being lazy/experimenting. There are teas that can tolerate a steeping that is 3 minutes long, and I have found that it can be a good way to get out more of the flavors in a limited time. But this was definitely not a good tea to do a long steep on.

Ellen

Haha Wu Yis are really picky. Sometimes green oolongs are nice about long steeps, but darker oolongs get this weirder muddled flavor.

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Ellen

Did you steep 3 mins on purpose? You should never do that much gong fu! I usually do 20-20-30.. slightly lengthen it (and it depends on amount of leaf too)

CharlotteZero

I was just being lazy/experimenting. There are teas that can tolerate a steeping that is 3 minutes long, and I have found that it can be a good way to get out more of the flavors in a limited time. But this was definitely not a good tea to do a long steep on.

Ellen

Haha Wu Yis are really picky. Sometimes green oolongs are nice about long steeps, but darker oolongs get this weirder muddled flavor.

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