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Ugh, still sneezing, but better than before. And finishing up a sample, yay! I do have to remind myself that I want to save samples of most of my oolongs to try once I get a gaiwan or a gong-fu teapot.

I steeped this one at a slightly lower temp for a shorter time because last time it was a hint bitter. I might have over compensated, but the resulting brew is still a nice yellow and smells pretty strong. One thing I don’t think I got from the aroma last time is another floral hiding underneath the jasmine… it’s that oolongy floral, that green, fresh floral that green oolongs often have. This is plenty flavorful with these parameters, though it still mostly reminds me of a good jasmine green. I definitely still very much enjoy the cup!

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TeaBrat

I love my gaiwans, just sayin’ :)

Spoonvonstup

Hope you feel better soon! Also hope you get to have fun trying out a gaiwan or itty-bitty pot. Especially with your oolong-love. What are you looking for in a gaiwan, by the way? I’ll keep my eye out for one.

Dinosara

Thanks! I actually haven’t looked at too many gaiwans so far because I am planning to get one in China! Gotta leave lots of room in my suitcase for teaware and tea. :D

Spoonvonstup

Oh yeah!! That is so true. When my husband and I were working in China, we realized that our salary would be worthless if we saved it and changed it back to USD… so we just turned it into tea and teawares! Definitely a good decision.

Roughage

We honeymooned in China and had to buy a new suitcase for the dinner service that my wife bought while we were out there. Divorce nearly ensued at that point! Now we love it though and laugh about me having to carry it all round China! I would love to go back, if only to stock up on puerh and teaware. I would make my wife carry it now though!!!! ;-)

Hope you are feeling better soon, Dinosara.

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TeaBrat

I love my gaiwans, just sayin’ :)

Spoonvonstup

Hope you feel better soon! Also hope you get to have fun trying out a gaiwan or itty-bitty pot. Especially with your oolong-love. What are you looking for in a gaiwan, by the way? I’ll keep my eye out for one.

Dinosara

Thanks! I actually haven’t looked at too many gaiwans so far because I am planning to get one in China! Gotta leave lots of room in my suitcase for teaware and tea. :D

Spoonvonstup

Oh yeah!! That is so true. When my husband and I were working in China, we realized that our salary would be worthless if we saved it and changed it back to USD… so we just turned it into tea and teawares! Definitely a good decision.

Roughage

We honeymooned in China and had to buy a new suitcase for the dinner service that my wife bought while we were out there. Divorce nearly ensued at that point! Now we love it though and laugh about me having to carry it all round China! I would love to go back, if only to stock up on puerh and teaware. I would make my wife carry it now though!!!! ;-)

Hope you are feeling better soon, Dinosara.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

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