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Another tea from Indigobloom, This one looked rather interesting. Shui Xian oolong with a whole jumble of stuff in it. It reminds me a bit of the Forbidden Fruit from David’s. Overall it is very nutty, with a rather smoky taste. I fully expected this to be a rather sweet tea, seeing the caramel pieces, but really I’m not quite sure what good they did, because clearly it did not melt and looks just a whole as before steep. I can’t really taste the jumble of the other ingredients much at all actually. The quality of the Shui Xian is better than that of David’s, and though there are awfully large pieces of twigs, there are rather bigger pieces of leaf. Instructions say to steep for 1min, but unless you’re using boiling water and packed a gaiwan full.. I don’t really see the point.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

oh no! when I purchased my first 50g of this one, ages ago, it was amazing!! really sweet on its own and creamy. this second bag was purchased on a whim, and then stolen by a friend before I could try it… perhaps I need to steal some back and see for myself!! hmph.

politicalmachine

actually the resteep was even more odd, not much flavour but it became cloudy and sweet. I think i’ll just leave it for 5 min next time..

Indigobloom

hmmm I am really curious now. this is a mystery!

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Indigobloom

oh no! when I purchased my first 50g of this one, ages ago, it was amazing!! really sweet on its own and creamy. this second bag was purchased on a whim, and then stolen by a friend before I could try it… perhaps I need to steal some back and see for myself!! hmph.

politicalmachine

actually the resteep was even more odd, not much flavour but it became cloudy and sweet. I think i’ll just leave it for 5 min next time..

Indigobloom

hmmm I am really curious now. this is a mystery!

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Stopped drinking water, switched to tea. =)
(ok, this is a lie but still :) )

How I rate teas is pretty simple, different teas have different expectations based on quality and price. I’ll rate a tea based on how good it is for its category/price point. I think i rate pretty fairly, I’m not afraid to give a bad score to a bad tea, and it’s relatively hard to get perfect score (partially because i believe there are only so many that can attain such a title)

I like oolong/green teas the most
black, white, tisanes to a lesser part.

I re-steep EVERYTHING, as that’s how I’ve learned from my parents. Blacks teas normally to a max of two times.

I like it when the tea actually looks of quality (eg. whole unbruised leaves). I hate it when i get a tea, and half of it is cut up stems of the plant… give me leaves!

I drink all my teas black and occasionally with sweetener. I do drink coffee too, and love espressos and cappuccinos. Yup, I do my coffee black too. Guess, it is to say I like strong flavours.
My current way of steeping tea, is my french press which i just got a month ago. I love it (well maybe not my cheapy one; looking to get a bodum one day). I used to just dump leaves at the bottom of my cup..

Ok. Rating meanings…

0-49: Various degrees of suck. Either terrible value or just not good.
50-59: It’s drinkable. I’ll finish my cup.
60-69: Not bad… but not good.
70-79: okay to drink, nothing too special, will not be a re-buy.
80-89: Enjoyable cups.
90-99: Worth holding on to.
100: Um.. I’ll tell you when I get here.

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