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This is the last of my three free samples from Green Terrace Tea. I’m grateful for the opportunity to taste such fine teas. I prepared this oolong in what I call a modified gong-fu method: 3 grams in 6 oz of water with 60 second steeps. It is a compromise between the simplicity of western style and the effort of true gong-fu.

1st steep (60 s): Light nose is spicy, with cooked veggies underneath. Taste has good mouth-feel but not as interesting as the nose. Good finish. As I sip, the tea seems to keep getting better, probably because the finish is so long that the taste builds upon itself. 2nd steep (70 s): Similar to the first steep but more powerful. Really good. 3rd (2 min): Still very good. I’ll probably try a few more steeps but have other things to do today, so will stop for now.

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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML
sherapop

The compromise method sounds right for me, too. I just cannot fathom brewing one swallow at a time!

Frolic

I almost always use a hybrid east/west method using smalish cups and a strainer. I don’t have the patience for gong-fu most of the time. I like doing multiple short steeps but I also like getting more than a thimble full of tea at a time! I find it’s a great compromise.

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sherapop

The compromise method sounds right for me, too. I just cannot fathom brewing one swallow at a time!

Frolic

I almost always use a hybrid east/west method using smalish cups and a strainer. I don’t have the patience for gong-fu most of the time. I like doing multiple short steeps but I also like getting more than a thimble full of tea at a time! I find it’s a great compromise.

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Retired engineer/physicist.
My ratings will usually be based on multiple tastings. Oolong teas are generally 3 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 1 minute. Black teas are 1.5 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 3-4 minutes. Pu-erh is 3 grams in 3 oz, generally 20, 20, 30, 40, 60 sec.

My numerical ratings are all based on how much enjoyment I took from the tea. Since I prefer blacks and oolongs, they will receive higher scores. I also give a couple of extra points to decafs, just because I can drink them in the evening without staying up half the night. I don’t dislike flavored teas, but find that they lack the complexity of finer teas.

90-100 = superior, worth a high price
80-89 = Excellent. Will buy again
70-79 = Good tea, but probably won’t buy
60-69 = Nothing really wrong, but…
Below 60 = Wouldn’t drink again

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