1 TB for 450mL water, bare. Rating: 80.

Okay, once the jasmine comes out, around the 4-5-minute mark, this blend gets intriguing. Not getting much oolong here, just a hit of butter behind the jasmine and the lemon. The lemon could dominate and ruin everything; the jasmine’s an inspired touch and that keeps the lemon playing reasaonbly nicely. Not a brilliant oolong blend, but it is soothing. Avoid if you don’t like lemon, because that’s definitely the dominant flavour and scent here. The oolong leaves are beautiful when they unfurl.

I’d love to try just a straight jasmine oolong. Anyone have a recommendation?

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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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