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The dry leaves are pleasantly aromatic. The tea itself is light in body and taste, though very smooth and with a clean finish. The magnolia note is hinted at, but does not linger. This is disappointing as an oolong, but might suit someone who loves lightly scented jasmine or floral teas.

The leaves don’t hold up to several infusions. My suggestion would be to brew this for a longer steep time and only re-steep the leaves once.

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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I grew up drinking oolong. My parents would toss a pinch of leaves into our cups and we’d steep them again and again until the brew was tasteless. Sometimes my little sister and I would throw some toasted rice in there and munch through our sips while doing homework or watching TV.

I had never had any other tea until I was in college. My first non-oolong tea was Earl Grey and I dumped it down the drain. Milk, sugar, bergamot oil, black tea—what a shock!

Years later and I’ve now become a big fan of all other types of tea and tisanes as well. As cheesy as it might sound, I believe tea is a very personal experience. There will always be something new to surprise you, yet there is nothing so reliable as a good cup of tea.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee at Stash Tea, though I am not representing them on Steepster in any way. While I will log my honest reviews of both Stash’s and other companies’ teas, I won’t be posting any ratings so as not to come off as biased.

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