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2nd steeping….

Want to know what happens to a tasty, light white tea when you forget about it and let it steep for somewhere’s about 6-8 minutes? Well, I’ll tell you.

It still has that light, earthy aroma, but it’s more in your face bitter and bitey. The taste is also very similar to a properly steeped white tea, but with an added bite that feels like it could cut through teeth.

That being said, it is still very good. I do like a big, bold, bitey, bitter cup of tea now and then. And I do like to oversteep my white and green tea from time to time. Glad to know this one can take it and still come out with all the qualities it should have.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 9 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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87

Crisp, clean, light aroma leads to a crisp, clean, nutty taste. Super bright, almost shiny in feel, while still bringing out that earthy, woodsy taste. So good!

I experimented this morning, using a little more leaves than I normally do, and only letting it steep for 1.5 minutes. I wanted to get the full flavor of this tea, and I think I really got it this time.

Flavors: Earth, Nutty, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 9 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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87

I’m liking this white tea more and more as I keep brewing it. It’s got a complex taste, but in a simple, subtle way. It’s bright, clean, earthy, just plain refreshing. What a way to start the day!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

2nd steeping for these leaves. My allergies are going crazy this morning, so I don’t notice much aroma, but I do get a touch of that earthy, woodsy feel. Taste is as wonderful as ever. Nice bright, nutty, earthy taste. I really love this tea!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

This review is specifically for a batch of sun tea I made with this tea.

I used a loose leaf tea pod into about 4 quarts of water. I’m going to have to adjust that next time, probably to use two tea pods. It still had that earthy, nutty, woodsy aroma and taste, but it just wasn’t a prominent as I like. This tea might also be to subtle and light to make a good sun tea.

I used it because I had a lot of it and wanted to just try. It’s still good, just not as bold as I like my sun teas.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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87

1st steeping on the 2nd time through. Subtle earthy, nutty aroma. Nice, bright, woody taste. I let it steep a little longer this time, it went about 3-4 minutes. It got a bit more bitter, but nothing overwhelming or brew-ruining. It’s just a bit more bold. Great simple white tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

So good, so tasty. Still full of great flavor on the 3rd steeping in a 4 cup tea pot.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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87

Great basic white tea. Nice light, mellow flavor.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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97

Thank you to Joe at Happy Lucky’s Tea House for this taste!

Today I went for my regular Sunday Tea. Almost immediately after perching myself on a high barstool, a special bag of tea was whipped out from behind the bar by my grinning tea professional, Joe.

“Here it is, the 1982 Wenshan Baozhong I told you about,” said Joe.
“Heh, chimed in Eric, none of us were born when this was produced.”
(Which made me groan!)
“Really? Thanks!” I said, pretty excited to try a tea that old!

Instead of me bringing a tea for my friends to try, they had a special tea to share with me! An Oolong 30 years old from Taiwan!

Joe made sure that I was presented with the tea in a formal way for viewing at every stage of the process.
First, I looked at the long dark twisty leaves, some with a little green on the edges. I smelled them but they had little fragrance since they were so very old and dry, but they were lovely.

Next the tea was brewed in a Gaiwan and then poured into cups and the leaves placed in front of me so that I could smell the aroma. Whiskey, apple, tobacco, honey.
The fragrance of the wet leaves was unbelievable. Everything about the leaves was a symphony of shifting melodies.

The flavor was so delicate that as soon as I decided on one flavor it was gone and another took it’s place. Again another one was also elusive and gone. The flavor’s were moving around like sheets of silk on a breeze.

Plum, light colored jujube, honeysuckle, apricot, yellow delicious apple, yellow raisin, and always back to a mystery flavor or flavors that I could not figure out at all.

Oh my.

My friends had as much of a laugh at my delight in drinking this special tea as I have when I bring one to them.

This is what hospitality is truly all about!

Thank you Joe! http://flic.kr/p/d8Zvvs (Here’s Joe!)

Indigobloom

What a cutie!! and a generous one to. Is he single? ;)

Bonnie

Yes but not for long. And he dances! He’s a lindy hop dancer!!!

Indigobloom

lol I don’t doubt that he’ll be snatched up in a second!

Scharp

I wish I could have visited Happy Lucky’s while I was in Fort Collins! There seems to be great teas there. Next time I’m in CO, I’ll have to stop by. Also, the other places you mentioned

Sil

Bonnie…I’ll fight you for him! I need a good man who can swing! teasing

Terri HarpLady

Hey Bonnie, do they ever do live music at Happy Lucky’s? I’m thinking I should go on a Tea House tour… : )

DaisyChubb

Oh wow, he does the lindy hop! That’s wonderful!

Bonnie

He traveled internationally dancing! I think that the 4 young men Andy, Sam, Joe and Eric who work at Happy Lucky’s are the tea fearsome foursome! They know their stuff!

Bonnie

Now that “Joe” has been made aware of his fans (Hi there Joe)he not only doesn’t mind the nice comments but would return them based on my recommendations that you are all the cream of the crop, finest of the fine, fairest of them all (too many fairy tales).

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86

Aroma and flavor of dried plum. This aged wenshan baozhong has never been roasted and has been stored well for it’s 20+ year lifespan. No roasted notes as in many aged oolongs.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Bonnie

Uh, make that 30 years!

Eric Scott

You’re right! It’s been exactly 30 years now! I think I just didn’t want to admit to myself how old I am.

Bonnie

Eric, you’re not old…you’re retro!

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