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I’m not sure how this one has escaped tasting for so long. I was looking for something appropriate to try out my new cast-iron tetsubin and this was perfect.

The leaves were tightly curled and bright jade colored. Unfortunately, they were somewhat cramped by the pot’s steeping basket so I didn’t get the full unfurling effect.

The tea was very pale green with a vegetative, buttery and nutty fragrance. The flavor was very light and delicate; it’s possible that my sample may be aging. However, subsequent steeps were for longer periods and the flavor deepened. It’s buttery, slightly saline and finished very sweet.

I don’t drink a lot of oolongs but every time I do, I really enjoy them. I drank an entire pot of this one. (And the tetsubin is awesome. However, I need to build up calluses to use the iron cups- ouch!)

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175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Which tetsubin did you end up buying? I am still looking…

Paul M Tracy

I couldn’t decide so I got one for work and one for home.
Shogun Cast Iron http://r.ebay.com/7ura1b
Japanese Cast Iron http://r.ebay.com/biKEkN

ashmanra

Oooooo, pwetty! I like the red one best, but the hobnail is very strong and more traditional, I think. Do they tell you what the symbols on the side mean? I guess they are yojijukugo? I love the ripple pattern on the red, too.

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ashmanra

Which tetsubin did you end up buying? I am still looking…

Paul M Tracy

I couldn’t decide so I got one for work and one for home.
Shogun Cast Iron http://r.ebay.com/7ura1b
Japanese Cast Iron http://r.ebay.com/biKEkN

ashmanra

Oooooo, pwetty! I like the red one best, but the hobnail is very strong and more traditional, I think. Do they tell you what the symbols on the side mean? I guess they are yojijukugo? I love the ripple pattern on the red, too.

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