1.5 tsp for 300mL water @85C, leaves rinsed, then steeped 3 minutes Western style.

A lovely tang crisps up the orchid, cream, and sun-dried grass notes. An exquisite tieguanyin. My favourite tieguanyin.

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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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