I believe this is the tea sample I received from Nature’s Tea Leaf, although my package says Buddha Hand Oolong.

I have never had a Buddha Hand oolong so I looked up several and found that some sites consider it to be just another name for Ti Guan Yin, and some referred to it as a Wuyi Rock Oolong. If anyone has more detailed information, I would love to know it!

The leaves are a mix of dark green and light green, very pretty to look at, hard and tightly curled, and very consistent in size. I almost did a rinse but decided to keep a close eye on the tea instead and make a decision based on how it was shaping up. The leaves began to unfurl very well, so I left it and drank the first steep with no rinse.

The liquor is a fairly strong golden yellow color, not pale. The aroma is sweet and that rock mineral quality is present, though not as strong as in a monkey picked oolong. There is also another elusive aroma that is so hard for me to describe that I find in Ti Kuan Yins – perhaps slightly vanilla? It really is an aroma that for me is so distinct and so particular to oolongs that I don’t know how to describe it otherwise!

The second steep is an even more golden yellow and seems to have greater clarity of color than the first. This was a nice tea start to my morning! I only wish I had time to drink more, but I must go work at early voting. My evening cups will be desperately needed!

Oh, and I got the big news I was waiting for last night! The phone call came just after midnight. My daughter’s Irish boyfriend, the one you guys said was a keeper because he brings me tea, proposed on Myrtle Beach at midnight, and she said yes! He had asked last Sunday for our permission to propose, so I knew it was coming! :)

Uniquity

Congratulations! I don’t know how you kept the secret, my fiancee got my parents permission(s) months in advance, so they had to keep quiet or forget about it! : )

gmathis

Woo-hoo! (I wondered if that was it!)

Bonnie

Hooray!!!

Azzrian

WOOO HOOOO! Congrats to them and you for gaining a wonderful son in law!

Sandy

Hooray for Anna & Gavin!

ashmanra

Thank you, everyone! They stopped by briefly tonight on their way back to Raleigh, then Thursday they are off to Disney and touring in Florida. We had tea and hugs!

K S

The world would be a much nicer place if there were more tea and hugs. Congrats on the news and the great review.

Kittenna

Haha, I saw “fiancee” in your more recent post, and navigated to your page to find out if indeed, the Irish boyfriend had proposed to your daughter!! Congrats to them (and you)!

Angrboda

Gosh, you’re going to be a mother in law! Congratulations. :)

ashmanra

Ang: I want to be a really good one! I love my mother-in-law. She has never tried to interfere or be controlling, and my mom was the same way. I want them to think of cake and tea when they think of me! :)

Angrboda

Mine isn’t either. There have been a few times where I thought something wasn’t really her business, but that was mostly in terms of wedding preparations and that sort of stuff and if I’m to be honest, certain things probably wouldn’t have turned out properly if she hadn’t. Other than that I don’t think she ever has done any of those things. At least not on purpose.
My main thought, though, was being reminded of last Christmas when she suddenly left the kitchen right in the middle of cooking Christmas dinner and came in to announce that she had just realised that she was going to be a mother in law. :p

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Uniquity

Congratulations! I don’t know how you kept the secret, my fiancee got my parents permission(s) months in advance, so they had to keep quiet or forget about it! : )

gmathis

Woo-hoo! (I wondered if that was it!)

Bonnie

Hooray!!!

Azzrian

WOOO HOOOO! Congrats to them and you for gaining a wonderful son in law!

Sandy

Hooray for Anna & Gavin!

ashmanra

Thank you, everyone! They stopped by briefly tonight on their way back to Raleigh, then Thursday they are off to Disney and touring in Florida. We had tea and hugs!

K S

The world would be a much nicer place if there were more tea and hugs. Congrats on the news and the great review.

Kittenna

Haha, I saw “fiancee” in your more recent post, and navigated to your page to find out if indeed, the Irish boyfriend had proposed to your daughter!! Congrats to them (and you)!

Angrboda

Gosh, you’re going to be a mother in law! Congratulations. :)

ashmanra

Ang: I want to be a really good one! I love my mother-in-law. She has never tried to interfere or be controlling, and my mom was the same way. I want them to think of cake and tea when they think of me! :)

Angrboda

Mine isn’t either. There have been a few times where I thought something wasn’t really her business, but that was mostly in terms of wedding preparations and that sort of stuff and if I’m to be honest, certain things probably wouldn’t have turned out properly if she hadn’t. Other than that I don’t think she ever has done any of those things. At least not on purpose.
My main thought, though, was being reminded of last Christmas when she suddenly left the kitchen right in the middle of cooking Christmas dinner and came in to announce that she had just realised that she was going to be a mother in law. :p

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four 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.

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

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