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Hi all! Yet another Whittard tea but this time, because I was looking for something to replace my Milky Oolong, and I had the chance to visit a Whittard of Chelsea in Cambridge that stocked this tea. (The staff there are lovely, I recommend a visit!)

Some months ago the gentleman in the Covent Garden Whittard store gave me some of this to smell and it smelt gorgeous, at the time- alas, I wasn’t looking for another oolong for my collection! The leaves are large, a roasted dark brown, whole; again, it’s difficult measuring out quite how much I need of this when the leaves are like that. This time I gave myself a heaped teaspoonful or so, enough to make an acorn-brown brew. And wow… it smells suspiciously like ho-ji cha. I’ve had some bad run-ins with ho-ji cha, as tasty as it is, so already this makes me a little worried…

And… what do you know, it tastes remarkably like ho-ji cha! Thankfully it’s mellower to the end of the sip, a fruitier finish, but the immediate taste is definitely all from roasting. The further I get into this the more flavours are coming clear (slightly floral more than fruity, a mild earthiness like pu-erh, a warming, soft astringency developing)… Sadly, though, I was expecting something a little lighter and the initial ho-ji cha flavour has stuck. I miss my Milky Oolong dearly— I’ll just have to get some next time I’m in London!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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