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drank Royal Courtesan by Zhi Tea
211 tasting notes

I gave the small dry tea nuggets a quick hot water rinse, then sniffed at the pot — floral bliss! Dr Oolong, co-owner of Zhi Tea, describes aroma of wildflowers, but that fails to capture the richness of my olfactory experience. For me, the light gold oolong broth wafted forth orchid and lilac, with light honey notes. The sweet scent clung so strongly to the empty cup that I couldn’t take my nose out of it. That’s how I want to die — with my nose in a honeyed cup! (any innuendo found in that exclamation, ahem, surely originates in the mind of the reader) Yes, I’m an old bird whose sensuality often, these days, finds itself swimming in a cup of tea. My family, I think, considers my tea obsession a blessing, a diversion which keeps me too busy to venture far onto the wild side. My old bones second that emotion. “Teadrunk nights are quite enough,” they agree. So my hat’s off to those tiny bugs which chewed these leaves and made this tea so special! I got four good infusions, too.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec
seule771

Howdy, are you still sniffing at the pot or have you moved on to Hukka or Kukicha brewing? Punning, happy holidays from this Methuen, MA residing resident-er.

Pamela Dean

Aaah, lots of good sniffing going on, but I do love kukicha, as well. This San Antonio TX resident wishes you a fine new year!

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seule771

Howdy, are you still sniffing at the pot or have you moved on to Hukka or Kukicha brewing? Punning, happy holidays from this Methuen, MA residing resident-er.

Pamela Dean

Aaah, lots of good sniffing going on, but I do love kukicha, as well. This San Antonio TX resident wishes you a fine new year!

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Note: I’m open to offers to swap tea samples. If you can’t message me, just comment on one of my tea notes, and I’ll respond.

I am fascinated and deeply impressed by the artistry and skill which coaxes such an array of qualities from one species of leaf. In 2009, I founded San Antonio Tea & Herb Enthusiasts. In 2014, a move to Southern California creates both upheaval and new horizons. The best part is that now I live quite close to my son and his family.

For intimate tastings with a small gathering, I’m practicing Asian-style tea service along the lines of Chinese gongfu cha. It is a joy to share good tea!

The most recent sign of my conversion to the deeply-steeped side: I’ve turned three large file boxes into “tea humidors” for aging pu-erh cakes and bricks at 65% humidity. Remote sensors within the “pumidors” relay the temperature and humidity readings to a base station on my desk. It satisfies my scientist aspect and keeps tea pretty well, too.

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