1 tsp for 250mL water @ 90C, Western style, drunk bare.

1st infusion, steeped 3 minutes.
Orchid, honey and even milk notes, something like a quangzhou, with a brilliant sparkle. Some wuyi bite.

2nd infusion, steeped 4 minutes. Very similar, only a bit creamier.

3rd infusion, steeped 5 minutes. These leaves are incredible. Loads of flavour left. Lots of sweet Wuyi notes, milk and sugar and even caramel,and an intoxicating orchid scent.

An astonishing oolong.

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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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