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It’s a new batch of Poobong White from SpecialTeas and I’m struggling to brew it right. I absolutely loved the last year’s tea and this one seems to be noticeably different from it in the worst sense possible. Even dry leaf color looks somewhat dull and doesn’t invite you to take a whiff out of the bag.

First of all the flavor is very weak, I have to use twice the amount of leaf I usually use to brew White Peony. It doesn’t have the distinctive Darjeeling taste as it used to have, more of a woody-lemony pallet.
Secondly, the aroma is far from spectacular as well. Dry leaf has more distinguished smell to it than the brew which is pretty disappointing… actually I can hardly smell anything at all.

I will continue my experiments with this because I have 4 more ounces to go but it doesn’t look promising so far.

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Hyrulehippie

Wow what a difference from one year to the next! Best of luck with getting it to work for you.

Oolonga

Yes… it’s kinda shocking actually but I’m not giving up on it yet :)

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Hyrulehippie

Wow what a difference from one year to the next! Best of luck with getting it to work for you.

Oolonga

Yes… it’s kinda shocking actually but I’m not giving up on it yet :)

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