In a multiple steep/oolong mood today :) I am finding I really like greens and oolongs for work, because I don’t have to think about sugar or milk (I have not yet evolved beyond sugar and milk in my black teas ;) and the fact that one teaspoon of tea goes reeeeealy far :)
1st steep: My water temp was a leeeetle low (around 180) but I went for it. 4 min. It made for a very light (tea was almost clear!) but nutty/woody cup. Not getting anything floral or vegetal. No bitterness.
2nd steep: being more careful of temperature. Steeped at a perfect 190 for another 4 min. Another very lightly colored tea steep. I’m getting a delicate nutty flavor. Very nice.
3rd steep: 190, 4 min. Getting some floral notes! Yum! Ends with the nutty flavor. Someone on the Upton site said that this tea really comes into its own on the 3rd steep, and I have to agree! The liquor is even a bit darker – interesting!
I’m going to take a little break for lunch, and hope for some more steeps this afternoon! I’ll edit this post.
EDIT: Time got away from me! I have to run to class now and can’t do another steep. Sigh!!