1 TB for 500mL pot, bare.

The label suggests a 5-minute steep, which I followed and am now enjoying, but I can see anyone who’s already a bit down on florals finding this ooling a bit soapy at a 5-minute steep, especially if use water that’s a bit too hot, like I just did. I’m gonna try a shorter steep next time, maybe 3 minutes.

But that’s a subtlety. This oolong — and I am right in the mood for oolongs these last few days — is incredibly sensual. As in, it affects many senses at the same time. This first infusion has a buttery mouth-feel and a clean finish. Quite floral, with the oolong’s own floral notes hauting the tongue after the magnolia washes away.

Delicious complexities. Good for long and unhurried sipping.

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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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