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Every once in a while I come back to this Oolong just to see if I get new hints of flavor, smell or just to plain enjoy it. It is a heavier yet soothing Oolong, I love it has malty and smoky taste to it without opaquing the chocolate, fruity and sweet notes of it.

It is a VERY forgiving tea that will allow you to enjoy multiple back to back steeps or multiples through out the day and even the next one. I never do this but I happened, after being interrupted several times I went to bed and the next day I remembered the tea still in the gaiwan… upon lifting the lid the amazing smell made me crave the brew.. and it was great.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Spoonvonstup

Wow! I’ve never done a long steep so long. very nice

JC

Well it wasting the steeping itself that was that long. Rather the used leaves were still good the next day and the brew in the morning was still delicious. I don’t know if you were referring to the same thing. I love this tea.

Spoonvonstup

Aha! I /did/ read that wrong. I thought you’d left the tea steeping all night!

JC

It has happened before with other teas including oolong… seems like a slow and painful death to a great tea. Unless its cold brewing I guess.

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Spoonvonstup

Wow! I’ve never done a long steep so long. very nice

JC

Well it wasting the steeping itself that was that long. Rather the used leaves were still good the next day and the brew in the morning was still delicious. I don’t know if you were referring to the same thing. I love this tea.

Spoonvonstup

Aha! I /did/ read that wrong. I thought you’d left the tea steeping all night!

JC

It has happened before with other teas including oolong… seems like a slow and painful death to a great tea. Unless its cold brewing I guess.

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Discovered tea a few years ago and I’ve been exploring ever since. I’m looking forward to keep learning and enjoy tea as I do. Keep learning, those who “know” stop learning and become irrelevant to the world.

I’m adding the scale because I noted that we all use the same system but it doesn’t mean the same to all.(I rate the tea not by how much I ‘like it’ only; there are flavors/scents I don’t like but they are quality and are how they are supposed to be and I rate them as such).

90 – 100: AMAZING. This the tea I feel you should drop whatever you are doing and just enjoy.

80-89: Great tea that I would recommend because they are above ‘average’ tea, they usually posses that ‘something’ extra that separates them from the rest.

70-79: An OK tea, still good quality, taste and smell. For me usually the tea that I have at work for everyday use but I can still appreciate and get me going through my day.

60-69: Average nothing special and quality is not high. The tea you make and don’t worry about the EXACT time of steep because you just want tea.

30-59: The tea you should probably avoid, the tea that you can mostly use for iced tea and ‘hide’ what you don’t like.

1-29: Caveat emptor! I feel sorry for my enemies when they drink this tea. :P

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