1 TB for 450mL water @98C, steeped 5+ forgotten minutes.

Okay, I got distracted and FORGOT this tea as is steeped, so I can’t give a fair rating yet. I have no idea how long it sat there.

I can say it’s this seems to be an everyday Yunnan, versus them there fancy black needle varieties I covet. It’s a bit less expensive. This is smooth and mineral and — to my surprise — a bit smoky, like a Keemun, and a bit tarry, like a lapsang souchong. It’s also a bit bitter on the finish, but again, I over-steeped. Getting a faint bite of pepper.

The use of “illusive” in the packet copy makes me giggle. This is all an illusion? They must mean “elusive,” as in, hard to pin down.

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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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