Another from the Travelling Tea Box! I think I prepared this one with water that was a bit too hot, but that’s okay. It was still what you’d expect from an oolong. I did a 30 second rinse and then a 3 minute steep.

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Steep 1: 3 minutes. Much smoother, and a bit of the vanilla and floral notes I was hoping for from the description!

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whoops! That last one was Steep 2.

Steep 3: 3 minutes. This tea continues to be smooth, and better than I expected, really. What a fun surprise on a cloudy afternoon!

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Steep4: 3 minutes. And smoother. I think I’m picking up the vanilla still. It’s not vegetal or floral at all at this point.

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Steep 1: 3 minutes. Much smoother, and a bit of the vanilla and floral notes I was hoping for from the description!

laurenpressley

whoops! That last one was Steep 2.

Steep 3: 3 minutes. This tea continues to be smooth, and better than I expected, really. What a fun surprise on a cloudy afternoon!

laurenpressley

Steep4: 3 minutes. And smoother. I think I’m picking up the vanilla still. It’s not vegetal or floral at all at this point.

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a tea drinking librarian
& a reading, yoga practicing, mommy

I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup

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