1.5 tsp for 300mL @ 90C, steeped 5 minutes, Western style, drunk bare, second infusion.

Colour and body are the same. Flavour is much more mineral, with some Yunnan forest-floor notes, lingering spicy and pepper bite, lots of sparkle, and notes of — this surprises me — roasted coconutand roasted sugar.

Like Golden Fleece, this tea needs close attention and an open mind. I feel quite calm, drinking this one.

I love Yunnan tea.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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Writer and tea fiend. Author of DELUDED YOUR SAILORS, SKY WAVES, DOUBLE-BLIND, and THE SHADOW SIDE OF GRACE. New novel this March called THIS MARLOWE.

I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Floral oolong and complex black teas are my favourites.


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