Resteep for a scant 3.5 min, 180F. What a difference 30 sec makes. No bitterness, a pale liquor and fresh, mild taste. Resolution to get it right on first steep next time. Would like to get a bit more flavor.
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South Texas Summer ~ craving all my cherished teas ~ turn the A/C up!
Resteep, 3 min 190F. Sweet rose or lilac fragrance. Flavor leaning more toward lavendar, smooth as silk on my taste buds. Such gorgeous things, often unexpected, a white tea can have in its bag of tricks!
Beautiful multicolored, clean, rather large dry leaf with a sweet, nutty scent. Used 2 tsp to 10 oz water at 190F, steeped 4 min. The liquor is thin, bright gold, with floral and caramel flavor notes, little to no astringency.
My first pi lo chun. The liquor was still very pale at 3 min, so I let it go 4 min, which yielded bitter tea — but not too bitter to drink. I’ll try 3.5 min next time. This tea looks and smells very promising, in spite of my mistake.
What I paid for this tea (in a handsome tin) was what one would pay for the tin alone. However, were it expensive, it would still rate a thumbs-up! Has a full-bodied maltiness which is enriched rather than diminished by milk and sugar.
Used 2 bags, since they are only 1.5 gm each. 3 min in 180F water gave me a mug of light golden tea. The aroma and flavor are bland, plain and common in this inexpensive tea from the supermarket shelf. Not bitter, but not good either.
4th or 5th steep on these leaves. Went off and forgot steeping, but no problem. Light but still complex flavor, somewhat lacking floral notes of first cups. Were I to presume to judge this tea, based on my limited experience with light oolongs, it would get 4 out of 5 stars.
Using 2 bags for my 12 oz mug, gives me strong enough tea for milk and sugar. 6 min steep, flavor is wonderful, not bitter. Lovely aroma to wake up with.
This time, I let the water cool some before infusing. Still got good flavor, but lacking the bitterness which, it seems, resulted from using boiling water, rather than from the stevia or longer steeping times. When it comes to water temp, the green maté behaves more like green tea than like other non-tea herbs; however, it will stand long infusions without developing unwanted qualities.
Ahhh, properly made this time, with dark agave nectar and soy milk. A cup of chai to fuel the watering of the herb garden this morning.
One heaping tsp tea, 10 oz boiling water, 4 min, covered infuser. The dry leaf beckons with a toasty sweet aroma, and the tea does not disappoint. However, it was too strong for my taste, so will use less tea next time.
Enjoying tea and tea-blending here in Los Angeles, while visiting my family. Their lovely garden abounds with tisane materials. It is here I’m drinking Christmas Bakery, and it’s as delicious as described by Hina’s Tea. Milk and sweetnin’ of course!
merely boils water // yet fancies herself a chef: // oolong tea steepster
Believe it. And with milk and sweetener, too! More uplifting than a new bra.
MY LOG ENTRIES WILL BE VERY SPARSE FOR THE NEXT 3 WEEKS — I’M GOING ON A TRIP! G Now, this cuppa is good, but I like the coconut mango bagged oolong by Stash better. Next cup will be yerba mate or ginkgo, to get me going on chores with an actual functioning brain. Adios!
180F water, 3 min. Very pale green liquor. All I can taste is moderate ginger. The slight astringency tells me that tea is there, but I don’t know how matcha tastes or what variety of green was used. I don’t yet know what to make of this tea.
2nd resteep, 190F, 4 min. Roses, honeydew, chrysanthemum — I can’t pick just one. All I know is this — it blisses me out! g
First experience with this one. I like. And I love the canister.
This 3rd steep, 4 min, has released a pleasant vegetal sweetness which now rivals the nutty flavor — Blue Spring, indeed! I do like it. Still, I pine. It seems the lovely floral notes of the Ali Shan (to which I now compare all light oolong) have spoiled me. I yearn for Summer & honeysuckle.
2 min, 190F. Not as good as the Stash chai black, but at least the green tea didn’t get bitter. Added milk, but then it is no longer palate cleansing. Rat feathers! Not undrinkable but sigh I have regrets g
five days past Beltane ~ steep a bag of bergamot ~ so to dance again
Resteep at 195 F. 3 min was almost too long. It got a little strong. The scent of the golden liquid is like roses and the flavor is really complex with some astringency. This one is growing on me =)
2nd steep, 2 min, same as 1st, but more body & color in the liquor, less astringency, more mature flavor. Nutty with a little bit of sweetness emerging. Almost all leaves are now fully unfurled.