I have only had one other oolong tea, and that was quite some time ago. I don’t even know if I steeped it properly! But I wanted to give oolongs a try and see what all the hubbub is about. The young man at the shop said to wash the leaves and steep for 3 minutes, so that is what I did. Also, the Harney Tea book said to resteep adding about 30 seconds each time, so subsequent cups follow that rule.

Oh…my…..goodness. I don’t know what to say. Is this how oolongs taste? I am confused. I feel just like I felt after the first time my husband kissed me – first, WOW! followed by, “I want to do that again!” The first sip was…. very light in taste at first. Then the aftertaste – AMAZING! Being new to oolongs I am at a loss to describe this. It doesn’t taste like any tea I have ever had. After the first sip, it gets stronger and stronger. Each cup gets darker, oddly enough. One would think it would be lighter. By the fourth steep, it is starting to get lighter. There is such a sweetness here. It is almost like when you pull honeysuckle flowers off the vine and drink the nectar, but closely followed by a mineral coating that stays with you. Each time I inhale, I REALLY taste this tea, and I mean for several breaths AFTER the sip. This one is a keeper, really amazing. Now I have to try even more oolongs!

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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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