Second try for the Jade Oolong. I went with 185 degree water and a super short steeping (30 seconds). I also warmed my cup first with the water and also did a 20 second rinse of the leaves.
I really shouldn’t have messed this up. Now for the moment of truth…
I’m not picking up on much in the way of scent. There’s something that kind of reminds me of wet trees or a wet bag (not bad). There is a slight hint of buttery sweetness.
Flavor – slightly spicy, slightly floral.
There is a nice mouth feel. It’s not bad, definitely not like the first cup of this I made.

Second brewing – wow, this smells buttery! And caramelly and sweet!
And the flavor is still super bitter.

Okay, enough! I’ve tried this tea for a total of 4 cups, brewed to two steepings each time and each prepared differently.
Conclusion – I really don’t like this tea. Sorry, Jade Oolong, but we are just not compatable :(

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I’m a writer and as such, am obviously an emotional rollercoaster. I used to drink tea a lot more, but kind of stopped and switched to coffee. Now, after too much stress, I’m completely unable to drink coffee anymore, so I figured tea would fulfill some of my “awake” needs as well as calm my emotions. I’m working my way through a huge selection of samples of pretty much everything, leaving notes so I remember what I like.
I love being adventurous and trying new things, even (especially?) things that sound strange or off-putting. Aside from tea I also enjoy tasting wines. The last really interesting one I tried was a dandelion wine! (And yes, it actually was delicious. Extremely bizarre and herby, but delicious).

I don’t have a set of numerical ratings set down yet, mainly because I’m very intuitive (read: disorganized and opinionated) about how I rate things. Basically, If something is in the 70-85 range, it’s pretty good, totally drinkable. Below that, in the 50-69 range, it was probably incredibly boring. I really hate boring tea. Below 50, I wouldn’t drink it again and might not have finished it (I actually really hate leaving ratings below 50, it makes me feel bad. I’m probably too nice). If it’s above 85 then I really liked it. Super high ratings are reserved for teas that totally blew me away.



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