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I remembered to wash this! AMAZING! LOL
Thanks Nichole for letting me try this…

1st infusion
1-2 mins
Aroma – slightly smoky – fairly earthy
Color – Dark Brown
Taste – Not all that earthy considering the aroma. It’s more smoky than anything but not overly so.
Aftertaste – Smoky Dark Cocoa

*NOTE: the ‘nest’ I grabbed was already loose so I didn’t have to break apart.

I was afraid of this because of the other tasting notes but it’s pretty good, actually. I’m thinking it was due to the wash which I sometimes forget to do!

Jim Marks

Most tuo cha I’ve used in the past fall apart while in the hot water, especially on longer steeps. If you’re doing short steeps, give it a minute in the water and then poke at it with a chop stick.

Trying to break them up dry will just damage the leaves a lot unless you have an actual tea pick which is really tedious.

TeaEqualsBliss

Sorry…I meant to say it was completely apart before even putting IN the water. I didn’t purposely do that…it fell out of the tissue paper that way…eeeek…

Jim Marks

nod I got that. I was reacting to the “so I didn’t need to break it apart” thinking you meant if it had been whole, you’d have broken it apart prior to steeping rather than during.

As an aside, the person who suggested that “washing” includes a five minute steep you throw away is definitely a minority view. Washing is just that. Washing. You rinse the tea, and immediately drain and then do a proper steep. Steeping for five minutes and then throwing it out isn’t washing, that’s just throwing away a steeping. Some people may be into that kind of thing and that’s fine, but as far as use of terms go, that’s not a washing.

TeaEqualsBliss

OH! I got ya now! LOL – Sorry! I am trying to multi-task without much success today! hahaha!

And for my washing…I did just a simple wash…I didn’t ‘wash it for 5 minutes’ as the other review suggested…I did do a simple rinse I guess you could say…

Sorry – again I probably should have been more descriptive in my tasting note with that part

Jim Marks

That was just a rant/warning because I read that other poster’s entry and was all “whoa… way to waste the best part of the tea”.

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Jim Marks

Most tuo cha I’ve used in the past fall apart while in the hot water, especially on longer steeps. If you’re doing short steeps, give it a minute in the water and then poke at it with a chop stick.

Trying to break them up dry will just damage the leaves a lot unless you have an actual tea pick which is really tedious.

TeaEqualsBliss

Sorry…I meant to say it was completely apart before even putting IN the water. I didn’t purposely do that…it fell out of the tissue paper that way…eeeek…

Jim Marks

nod I got that. I was reacting to the “so I didn’t need to break it apart” thinking you meant if it had been whole, you’d have broken it apart prior to steeping rather than during.

As an aside, the person who suggested that “washing” includes a five minute steep you throw away is definitely a minority view. Washing is just that. Washing. You rinse the tea, and immediately drain and then do a proper steep. Steeping for five minutes and then throwing it out isn’t washing, that’s just throwing away a steeping. Some people may be into that kind of thing and that’s fine, but as far as use of terms go, that’s not a washing.

TeaEqualsBliss

OH! I got ya now! LOL – Sorry! I am trying to multi-task without much success today! hahaha!

And for my washing…I did just a simple wash…I didn’t ‘wash it for 5 minutes’ as the other review suggested…I did do a simple rinse I guess you could say…

Sorry – again I probably should have been more descriptive in my tasting note with that part

Jim Marks

That was just a rant/warning because I read that other poster’s entry and was all “whoa… way to waste the best part of the tea”.

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