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Tea of the morning……

Usually, I don’t drink green tea in the morning. However, the aroma of this one just kept calling to me. It smells just like a milk oolong. The leaves kind of look oolongish, but still somewhat like a large leaf green when they are brewed up.

First steep. I have to admit that I was not at all blown away by the first few sips, but I totally agree with Indigobloom on this one, that it draws you in more with each sip. By the end of the cup, you are so taken, that you immediately resteep it, and the process starts all over. Second steep is not quite as rich, but it is still very good. First sips are lightly vegetal, and then the butteriness kicks in. I do agree with TeaEqualsBliss that it tastes like buttered popcorn. Definitely a keeper!

Mug method, about 180 degree water, 3 minutes first steep, 4 minutes second steep.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

oooh, I am so tempted by this!

LiberTEAS

@Amy oh – I highly recommend it. Bird Pick has really awesome teas, and I think this one might be one of my faves.

ashmanra

Recommend some from Bird Pick for me! I need to order again soon. I can’t believe we have almost finished this is just over a month.

ScottTeaMan

Buttered popcorn?!?

SimplyJenW

Yep, buttered popcorn. A definite buttery taste and I only get the littlest bit of vegetal on the first few sips. Popcorn……well it is warm, probably more like white popcorn than yellow (yes, I am crazy about popcorn, although not anywhere as obsessed as I am with tea.)

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TeaBrat

oooh, I am so tempted by this!

LiberTEAS

@Amy oh – I highly recommend it. Bird Pick has really awesome teas, and I think this one might be one of my faves.

ashmanra

Recommend some from Bird Pick for me! I need to order again soon. I can’t believe we have almost finished this is just over a month.

ScottTeaMan

Buttered popcorn?!?

SimplyJenW

Yep, buttered popcorn. A definite buttery taste and I only get the littlest bit of vegetal on the first few sips. Popcorn……well it is warm, probably more like white popcorn than yellow (yes, I am crazy about popcorn, although not anywhere as obsessed as I am with tea.)

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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