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Thanks to boychik for the sample! I tried this tea both Western and Gong Fu style.

Western: 3.8 grams to 8 oz. of 195F water at 2/3/4/8 minutes. Wonderful aromas of malt and fresh baked bread (pumpernickel in the first steep!). The malty aspect comes through in the cup and the honey-like sweetness increases as the cup cools. A lively citrus note emerged in the second steep. The last two steeps were pretty mild but still tasty.

Gong Fu: 4 grams to 130 ml of water just off the boil and 8 to 10 second steeps. I don’t get the malty aspect with this method, but the sweet and citrus notes build very nicely. Unfortunately a strong spice note emerges in the middle steeps and builds throughout the remainder of the session, becoming quite strong around steeps 8 and 9 (my notes referred to it as a spice bomb!). The tea might have reacted differently at a cooler water temperature, but the sample is gone so I was not able to try that.

I liked this tea much better Western style. To me it’s similar to the Teavivre Golden Monkey, but the H&S had richer aromatics and slightly stronger honey notes in the cup.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
JustJames

rich honey notes……. lovely =0)

TeaExplorer

It is a very nice tea, although they’re “pretty proud of it” at $22 for 3 oz. :)

JustJames

ouch! then again you pay for the good stuff….

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JustJames

rich honey notes……. lovely =0)

TeaExplorer

It is a very nice tea, although they’re “pretty proud of it” at $22 for 3 oz. :)

JustJames

ouch! then again you pay for the good stuff….

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