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I used more tea this time, about two even teaspoons for 12 ounces.

1st steep, 165F, 3 min
The flavors are like I remember from the last time I tasted this, but stronger (as expected). They made such an impression the last time I tasted this that the aroma and taste are like meeting up with an old friend. There is a new piquancy that bites the side of my tongue and back of the throat that I don’t remember from before. This steep has great floral notes that are strong and still larger than the green and savory oolong flavor. The floral notes are complex and clear. I still can’t decide what flower the floral notes remind me of, but there are a lot of them together.

2nd steep, 165F, 4 min
This is a darker liquor with a strong, savory oolong aroma. The floral aroma is secondary now.
The taste profile is different from the first steep. There is a definite fruity sweetness up front and a more moderate floral flavor. The savory flavor is stronger. The tastes are smooth with just a slight hint of an edge. There is a vegetal flavor that I don’t remember before. The floral notes come in late in the sip. I love the slight bite. I love the faint fruity ester aftertaste.

I think it’s better with more (enough?) tea. I love how many things there are to taste here. What a pleasure. Enjoying these two very nice cups of tea put my day in a sense-making frame.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Spoonvonstup

Wow! Again, I’m really impressed this tea changed and grew so much for you in a big pot. I basically never do this tea in a pot because I get so much out of it in the gaiwan. I really encourage you to try this in a smaller vessel (gong-fu style in a small pot or a gaiwan) because I think you will like it even more than you do now.

teamax

Someday, I will.

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Spoonvonstup

Wow! Again, I’m really impressed this tea changed and grew so much for you in a big pot. I basically never do this tea in a pot because I get so much out of it in the gaiwan. I really encourage you to try this in a smaller vessel (gong-fu style in a small pot or a gaiwan) because I think you will like it even more than you do now.

teamax

Someday, I will.

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I need coffee; I love tea.

I have been learning about tea since I was a teenager, but joining Steepster has accelerated my education.

I gave up soda (completely) this Spring and have re-discovered tea to fill the afternoon void.

I like strong, well balanced tastes. I ferment my own mead, cider, and sauerkraut.

I like green tea, oolong, black tea, flavored black tea, pu-erh, and some tisanes! Oh, and Mate, too!

Lately, I have been most enjoying nutty green teas and oolong teas.

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