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Another day, another fine brewing. This is a mellow, forgiving, earthy tea, hints of chocolate and plum, but the heart of it is sweet rich freshly turned damp earth. This really does taste like dirt but in the best way. Mmmm. A small dense chunk of tea (and with this mellow super compressed stuff, I don’t worry too much about breaking leaves as I remove a chunk from the brick) has yielded a liter or tea, and I’m sure I could easily get another half liter if I wanted to, but I think my fickle taste buds are going to be checking out something else before these leaves are really done—and in this location, I don’t have the ability to save leaves and keep infusing again later. Sigh.

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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking tea for 30 years, but only bought 2 brands of 2 different teas for most of that time. It took me almost 30 years to discover sencha, puerh, and green oolongs. Now I am making up for lost time.

I try to log most of my teas at least once, but then get lazy and stop recording, so # times logged should not be considered as a marker of how much a particular tea is drunk or enjoyed.

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