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I recently got the bad news that the woman who owns Lavender Basics has had to close down her store. It’s terribly disapointing news because I love several of her teas and in the case of this tea I haven’t yet found a Formosa Oolong that matches up with this one in terms of quality or taste.

It’s baked without tasting burnt and it has a very faint trace of the bark-like flavour of Adagio’s Grapefuit Oolong (sans the grapefruit, obviously). It also gives off gently-wafting fruity notes, particularly as it cools. It’s a very full-bodied, complex tea that’s quite unique and a joy to drink.

I instinctively want to save this tea and use it as sparingly as possible, but I know that doesn’t really work with the limited shelf-life tea has. Sigh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Carolyn

I’m sorry to hear that! It is so sad when something we love becomes unavailable. This, of course, means that you must begin The Quest for an oolong as good as Lavendar Basics. It will mean great sacrifice as you try oolong after oolong. But in the end you will emerge the conquering hero, your oolong of choice soaking in hot water as you raise your cup of tea in glory. ;)

Carolyn

Or something like that.

takgoti

@Carolyn HAHAHAHAHAHA that was fantastic.

@Jillian Good luck on your quest!

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Carolyn

I’m sorry to hear that! It is so sad when something we love becomes unavailable. This, of course, means that you must begin The Quest for an oolong as good as Lavendar Basics. It will mean great sacrifice as you try oolong after oolong. But in the end you will emerge the conquering hero, your oolong of choice soaking in hot water as you raise your cup of tea in glory. ;)

Carolyn

Or something like that.

takgoti

@Carolyn HAHAHAHAHAHA that was fantastic.

@Jillian Good luck on your quest!

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