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Trying this one in the gaiwan, and the first few steeps seemed pretty light. I wonder whether it’s a property of Indian oolongs that they need longer steeps than Chinese ones?

The flavor started to get stronger at around the third steep, which was a minute. Longer steeps are better with this one. I got a nice stone fruit-grapey flavor without any sharp edges. It was as though the sharp Darjeeling-y smell of the aroma had had its edges filed off in the flavor. The leaves on this one looked a uniform milk-chocolaty brown after steeping, with some nicely formed whole leaves and a lot of broken ones. For some reason they made me think of autumn.

Everyone at my house is in the other room watching the Oscars. I have, as per the usual schedule, a writing assignment due (and as per usual these days, I haven’t done it yet). I am having such a love/hate relationship with writing these days. Sigh.

Sami Kelsh

I know the feeling about writing. I’ve been burnt out for ages with all the cover letters I’ve had to write – makes writing, like, real stuff that much harder. Blech.

You can do it! You can write! I’m kicking myself that my bag of this darjeeling didn’t fit in my luggage when I moved to Manchester because it is nice!

__Morgana__

Thanks, Sami!

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Sami Kelsh

I know the feeling about writing. I’ve been burnt out for ages with all the cover letters I’ve had to write – makes writing, like, real stuff that much harder. Blech.

You can do it! You can write! I’m kicking myself that my bag of this darjeeling didn’t fit in my luggage when I moved to Manchester because it is nice!

__Morgana__

Thanks, Sami!

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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