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“Honey Fragrance Oolong” is right — this tea doesn’t attempt to do a lot, but the one thing it does do it does really well. It has a light, sweet flavor with a strong honey flavor to it. The after taste is every-so-slightly grassy.

I ended up brewing this by warming the teapot, warming the tea cup, then awakening the leaves by giving them a brief flush of hot water, then by brewing them for about a minute. The resulting brew is fairly light colored (I used a little less than a teaspoon of leaves) and yellow artificial light of my office it was hard to tell if I’d brewed it long enough. I made a guess on the shorter brew time, taking a moment to smell the brew first just to make sure there was fragrance; I think the shorter brew time paid off. There isn’t a hint of bitterness in this brew.

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When I was a child, my mother used to make me tea: mainly herbal blends (chamomile, etc.) and flavored black teas (all fruit flavored). She also introduced me to Good Earth tea (Original Flavor). Occasionally, we’d also drink jasmine tea. We’d add a spoon full of honey to our tea and drink it together.

When I first tasted a plain non-herbal, non-flavored tea, I thought it was the grossest thing I’d ever tasted. It was horribly bitter, tannic, and I almost spat it out.

Later, someone introduced me to an artfully brewed oolong tea — which was nothing at all like the bitter, tannic vileness I’d drank several years earlier. This was… Light. Delicate. Amazing!

Since then, I’ve been trying out different teas here and there, and experimenting with brewing techniques as best I can. I still have a weakness for herbal blends and fruit flavored teas — and a cup of Good Earth is always welcome — but I’ve been spending more time drinking whites, greens, and oolongs.

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