1 scant TB for 500mL pot, bare.

Okay, I measured the leaves and watched the steeping time carefully and got a much more enjoyable cuppa. David’sTea recommened 4-7 minutes for steeping, which seems alike a lot for an oolong to me. Last night, 1st infusion, fragrant and redolent and buttery, lots of yummy peach and apricot notes. Four-minute steep. (Hubby, to my great surprise, loved it. The peach seduced him.) Second infusion, this morning: at 4 minutes, still deliciously fragrant, lighter body, more butter taste, though less butter feel, and more oolong-leafiness than peach and apricot, but the fruit notes do remain. Second infusion at 6 minutes: almost as fruity as the first infusion, only again with more leafiness, and less buttery-ness in the mouthfeelm so the whole brew seems clearer, somehow, even cleaner.

The fruit: not at all an artificial. You can see chunks of dried apicot and peaches, plus sliced almonds, nestling with the tighly curled oolong leaves

Really, really good. Upping my rating. I just made it much too strong last time.

I think I’ve just started down the oolong path.

Oh, so delicious. Refreshing in a unique way. I think I may like this even more than Ti Kuan Yin. Highly recommend. So long as you enjoy peaches.

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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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