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2nd steeping, with a pre rinse this time. The rinse helps a bunch. The smoke aroma and flavor was overwhelming yesterday, today it is just what it should be. Bold and to the fore but not so in your face that it feels like you just spent the entire night with campfire smoke blowing into your tent.
With the rinse, the earthy tea flavor is allowed to come out and actually create a nice balance of smoke with that rich sweetness it is advertised to have.
Tomorrow I’m going to try a shorter steep time to see what that does.
Smoky. Only word needed to describe this brew.
The aroma smells like campfire. This first steeping is the strongest, and it’s really in your face.
The taste is the same. Very smoky, like a campfire in the backyard. Wonderful smell, wonderful taste, but close to being overdone.
Flavors: Campfire, Smoke
2nd steeping. The pre-rinse really does help with this tea. The aroma and taste are so much clearer, brighter, and more pronounced while not getting that bitter taste and feel from oversteeping. The sweet taste is the best thing about this tea, and the rinse really brings it out and lets it shine.
With that beautiful sweetness, combined with just a hint of smoke and nuts and some fruity overtones, this is maybe one of the better balanced teas I have ever had.
Flavors: Fruity, Nuts, Smoke, Sweet
This will be one tea I will continue to go back to in the future. It’s so well balanced it’s actually kind of silly. A hint of roasted smoke, but just a hint. It’s not so strong as to hide the bright earthiness and nutty presence. Surprisingly light and just a bit sweet, this is a GREAT go-to basic Oolong. No frills, no catches, nothing special, just straight up solid and amazing.
Oops. I left this batch steeping for a bit too long. I usually don’t mind when that happens, and this is no exception. It’s just a tad on the big, bold and bitter side, with a bit of a coffee aroma, but I still like it.
This is also the 2nd steeping of these leaves, maybe that has to do with it.