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spent the morning with multiple steepings of this in the little glass gaiwan. happy-making!

0 OZ / 0 ML

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finishing up my last clump of this – some good stuff. once again, washed 2x, as first wash barely seemed to take any of the tea with it. 2nd steeping now, same procedure as before (glass gaiwan, just before boiling, 15 secs, plus 10 each new steep) and still enjoying. debating whether to get more or just try another one.


These bricks always benefit with about 2 years aging to allow them to settle a bit. They do steep for it seems like forever these little nuggets.

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drank Genmaicha Satsuki by Den's Tea
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oh i do so like this! it’s definitely NOT one of the rich deep-sea brothy senchas, but a nice delicate light (chartreuse!) green that is accented wonderfully by the genmai. TASTY! and a perfect after-meal cuppa, as it won’t weigh you down, not at all.

haven’t tried a second steeping yet, but am thinking of steeping for longer next go-round, just to see what happens.

Flavors: Butter, Green, Popcorn, Rice

Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
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yum YUM yum! i just replenished my stock of this, after being without for nearly 6 months…i canNOT believe how tasty this sencha is. so full of flavor, deep and rich. just yum. love.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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so i already have my beloved ceramic Pristine 2-4 cup English teapot/teaball combo and my equally-beloved Teavana easy tea thingy, but i realized i really wanted to try this gong fu brewing style, what with my continued obsession with all things oolong (and interest in exploring puerhs, raw and ripe!). Enter the Glass “Easy Gaiwan” made for Gong Fu Tea Brewing * 200ml.

This thing is AWESOME! now, i have no way to compare it to other gaiwans, not having used/owned one ever before, but this one surely is a fun and delicious way to enjoy an afternoon (or few days’ worth) of tea. the glassness allows you to watch as your tea unfurls during steeps, the little “handles” plus the knob on the lid keep your fingers lovely and cool while you’re pouring the tea. my favorite bit is that the spout pours PERFECTLY, this is coming from someone who manages to spill any liquid that comes within 30 feet of me, so that’s saying something.

at any rate, this was an inexpensive little item, worth every penny, and even my little boy, who normally ignores mommy’s tea habit, watched me brewing with this and told me this little teapot is really cool. LOL!

get one, i totally recommend.

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not from texas, love tea, can’t believe i hadn’t found steepster before now!
just now discovering oolongs, i hadn’t really appreciated the depth they bring. holy schmoly! also appreciating the differences between all the japanese greens.
this place ROX.


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