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I bought two sampler packs from Tea from Taiwan and I confess a lot of them do taste similar but this one was definitely different. For one thing it smelled so fresh and clean and VERY vegetal when I opened the bag, kind of like boiled spinach.

Due to these factors I decided to give my first steep only 60 seconds in approx. 180 F water. It’s a nice light infusion but it really is vegetal, sweet and clean. It has a bit of a “roasted” or charcoal quality. hmmm. I really like this one a lot. It is also one of the more expensive teas on their website (just my luck!)

For the second steep I decided to keep it light, only 30 seconds to see if I could capture some of the elusive fruit flavor. I am getting a little bit of melon and now it has a slightly floral aroma but I want the charcoal back!

Third steep: I am going for the gusto. Two full minutes brings back more of the delicious flavor here. This is a tea that takes you on adventure. Now I am getting a buttery popcorn flavor.

This one is very enjoyable so I am adding it to my shopping list although $29 for 75 grams is a bit steep for me. It’s very tasty though and according to the website you can steep it 8 times…

Interesting that some other tasters found it boring, I am not bored in the least! :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Yeah, that does seem a little pricey, but multiple steeps add to the value. I never seem to get as many steeps out oof my Oolongs as they say you can. Like the silken oolong I just reviewed yesterday. I really got 3-4 good steeps. I’m sure other people get more. For me, once a teas flavors start to fade, I notice the differnt qualities. but I’m still thinking about the 2nd or 3rd steep! Kind of like how you wanted the charcoal back. :))

ScottTeaMan

I was just reading the company description of the tea. If this is a Li Shan Oolong, it seems to be a fair price—according to my research. :~)

TeaBrat

I’ll have to think about it

ScottTeaMan

Think about what??

TeaBrat

Whether or not I like it enough to buy more…

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ScottTeaMan

Yeah, that does seem a little pricey, but multiple steeps add to the value. I never seem to get as many steeps out oof my Oolongs as they say you can. Like the silken oolong I just reviewed yesterday. I really got 3-4 good steeps. I’m sure other people get more. For me, once a teas flavors start to fade, I notice the differnt qualities. but I’m still thinking about the 2nd or 3rd steep! Kind of like how you wanted the charcoal back. :))

ScottTeaMan

I was just reading the company description of the tea. If this is a Li Shan Oolong, it seems to be a fair price—according to my research. :~)

TeaBrat

I’ll have to think about it

ScottTeaMan

Think about what??

TeaBrat

Whether or not I like it enough to buy more…

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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