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drank Zhen Qu Tea by Stash Tea Company
2345 tasting notes

Happy holiday weekend all (to those of you who have a holiday). I plan to get lots of relaxation in as well as some tea drinking. :)

Thanks to ScottTeaMan for sending some of this my way. I never even knew that Stash had loose leaf tea, I guess I’ve never been to their website.

These leaves are very fun to look at, they’re curly and fluffy which shows a bit of love on the part of the maker. I ended up steeping mine at around 205 for 3.5 minutes. It’s a very smooth black tea, with some caramel/honey type flavors similar to what you would find in a golden monkey. I think next time around I will try steeping this for a bit longer because I doubt it will turn bitter very easily and I think my brew needed to be stronger in order to fully get the flavors. There are some definite chocolate notes as well. This was good plain but I also liked it with some soymilk. I’m just now waking up at 10:30 am but this is wonderful cup to start my day. thanks again Scott!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

Your welcome…….I’m glad you like it! It is one of my favorites, and has never been bitter, but I’ve not steeped it longer than 4.5 minutes. This tea reminds me of a black Bi luo Chun visually. I hope I gave you enuff for a few more steeps. :))

TeaBrat

yes, there is more, thank you!

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ScottTeaMan

Your welcome…….I’m glad you like it! It is one of my favorites, and has never been bitter, but I’ve not steeped it longer than 4.5 minutes. This tea reminds me of a black Bi luo Chun visually. I hope I gave you enuff for a few more steeps. :))

TeaBrat

yes, there is more, thank you!

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

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