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The dry tea smells fantastic – earthy yet sweet.

1st steep – 3 min. First sip = love! To me, it tastes like a less over the top version of the Honey Pear, and gosh darn, I prefer it! It’s more of a dates rather than pears, and burnt sugar rather than honey, and much more subtle. I remarked in one of our discussions that I didn’t know if an oolong had a place in my cupboard – scratch that! This is definitely getting the full tin treatment!

2nd steep: 4 min. Less flavoring taste, and more tea taste. Soft sugar and date notes. Still gorgeous.

3rd steep: 5 min. Still a nice cup of tea, but I think it’s done after this one. Very soft dates and oolong, no sugar but the dates give it some sweetness.

So, for those keeping score – so far the Kashmiri Chai and Sugar Caramel Oolong are in my OMG MUST BUY WHOLE TIN category (Sugar Caramel Oolong ousting Honey Pear)! They are both so unique and delicious to me :)

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teaplz

Whoo! This is one of the last that I have to try (along with Honey Pear, Coconut Pouchong, and Sinharaja). Glad to know that the second steep keeps pace with the first!

LENA

Mmmm…just added this to my shopping list. It sounds wonderful.

Bethany

I’ve wanted to try this one for so long! I still really need that GM sampler.

Ricky

This is the one tea I didn’t get a chance to try in my sampler. I bought myself a sample when I bought a tin of coconut pouchong.

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teaplz

Whoo! This is one of the last that I have to try (along with Honey Pear, Coconut Pouchong, and Sinharaja). Glad to know that the second steep keeps pace with the first!

LENA

Mmmm…just added this to my shopping list. It sounds wonderful.

Bethany

I’ve wanted to try this one for so long! I still really need that GM sampler.

Ricky

This is the one tea I didn’t get a chance to try in my sampler. I bought myself a sample when I bought a tin of coconut pouchong.

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes

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