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A perplexing sheng, for sure. The cake had intense, iron-fisted compression that made flaking new leaves difficult. The opening aroma was a stellar display of fresh strawberries. Unfortunately, this character quickly faded. The first three steeps were thin, dry soups of green-tea-like grassiness, a faint hint of bile, and some raw grains. Around the fourth steep, the soup thickened up and gave a very generic sweetness, losing raw edges, but not gaining much depth. I’m not in much hurry to return to this one.

the_skua

Let me just follow up that this tea has an intense, jittery, angry, and strong qi to it. I’ve never felt anything like it, but it’s probably something like cocaine. I wouldn’t know. I’ve never felt as affected, negatively, by a tea as this one.

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the_skua

Let me just follow up that this tea has an intense, jittery, angry, and strong qi to it. I’ve never felt anything like it, but it’s probably something like cocaine. I wouldn’t know. I’ve never felt as affected, negatively, by a tea as this one.

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Exploring the world of fine Chinese and Japanese teas, my favorites include: sheng pu’er, moderately roasted oolongs, gyokuro, shincha, and high quality, artisanal whites and greens. I don’t subscribe to any particular style of brewing, but incorporate elements from traditional techniques to brew the best tea possible. I also seek to share the joy that tea brings me with others, but am really rather introverted.

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