This is my first Chun Mei, at least as far as I know!

The aroma and look of the leaves was completely different from the green tea I drank yesterday. This was not as brightly green, and had a completely different aroma. No wet cooked turnip or mustard greens here!

I accidentally used too much leaf. The first sip was astringent and a little sour, my fault. I had already resteeped the leaves so I did what I had read in an article on serving tea in Britain through the years. I read that sometimes tea was made extra strong and the hot water pot was used for people to adjust the tea to their liking. I picked up the kettle and added water until I had the right amount for the amount of leaf I used. All better!

This is still a drying tea, as it is supposed to be. It is neither bitter nor sour. It makes me think of sunshine on dry hay. I made four steeps and combined them all into one pot after tasting a sip from both the first and second steep unmixed. There is plenty of flavor left. I shall enjoy having this as my morning green!

Thank you, Angel and Teavivre!

Mercuryhime

I actually do this all the time as well. When I’m unfamiliar with a tea, I err on the side of too strong and just dilute it if I have to. It’s much harder to make a weak tea stronger.

K S

This is two days in a row (at least) where we have logged the same tea. So what are you planning for tomorrow? lol

ashmanra

LOL! Well, KS, tomorrow I am going to be high as a kite cuz I have follow up testing from my cancer treatment! Last time, I went to Panera for lunch and then bought 24 bottles of glitter and wondered where the heck it came from the next day. (Don’t worry, someone else drove!) I think I will try the rose puerh tuo cha! I think you got that in your second box. I got it in my third! If you have any left, steep it up! I should be coherent by noon ish!

K S

Kind of sounds like my college days… testing was a bit different of course. ha. I almost grabbed the rose toucha today so we are on the same wavelength. Could be the glitter.

Serendipitea

Best of luck for tomorrow Ashmanra ♡

- and what did you do with all the glitter ??

ashmanra

LOL! I use it on the cards I make! I already told my daughter NOT to take me anywhere, but she says we are going to Best Buy and she is hoping I will buy her a sparkly laptop. I won’t be THAT far gone!

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Mercuryhime

I actually do this all the time as well. When I’m unfamiliar with a tea, I err on the side of too strong and just dilute it if I have to. It’s much harder to make a weak tea stronger.

K S

This is two days in a row (at least) where we have logged the same tea. So what are you planning for tomorrow? lol

ashmanra

LOL! Well, KS, tomorrow I am going to be high as a kite cuz I have follow up testing from my cancer treatment! Last time, I went to Panera for lunch and then bought 24 bottles of glitter and wondered where the heck it came from the next day. (Don’t worry, someone else drove!) I think I will try the rose puerh tuo cha! I think you got that in your second box. I got it in my third! If you have any left, steep it up! I should be coherent by noon ish!

K S

Kind of sounds like my college days… testing was a bit different of course. ha. I almost grabbed the rose toucha today so we are on the same wavelength. Could be the glitter.

Serendipitea

Best of luck for tomorrow Ashmanra ♡

- and what did you do with all the glitter ??

ashmanra

LOL! I use it on the cards I make! I already told my daughter NOT to take me anywhere, but she says we are going to Best Buy and she is hoping I will buy her a sparkly laptop. I won’t be THAT far gone!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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