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Seattle Best Tea

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drank Shan Lin Xi by Seattle Best Tea
19 tasting notes

I’ve had a fair number of Taiwanese oolongs, and I have never had a tea I liked more than this. Nothing even close. It’s a green, small-leafed beaded oolong, and doesn’t have a remarkable dry leaf odor, but after steeping- ooooh, after steeping. It’s almost-but-not-quite creamy, with a slight astringency and pretty, goldenrod liquor. But more than anything, it’s so incredibly floral, like perfume, but if perfume were actually nice. I shared it with a relative, who insisted it must be scented with gardenia, which it is not. It’s a pleasure to breathe in and even better to drink. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the cup smells lovely after you’ve sipped the tea from it. It is, however, really easy to brew it not-quite-right and end up with a good, but not mindblowing cup aof tea. I sort of enjoy this, however, as it gives me a goal of perfection to work towards. I’m incredibly cheap about tea, but this is one I’ll shamelessly spend too much money on, because it’s just exactly what I want.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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