I used around four teaspoons in a 150ml gaiwan and steeped it for one minute. That may have been a little too long, or maybe I used too much tea, because it’s a bit too bitter. It reminds me of Rishi’s Ancient Emerald Lily, but with a bit of muscatel flavor. I’m not sure if I prefer this to steeping it in a mug with the Finum filter. I’ll have to try using less tea, steeping it for 30 seconds, and using cooler water, but not all at once.

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was little, but I only started drinking loose leaf about two years ago. I haven’t tried nearly as many teas as I would like. Starting 2011, I’m going to try to write out tasting notes rather than just recording that I drank something, but I’m not that familiar with a lot of the jargon yet. Also, I’m easily pleased, so I probably tend to rate high. I hope my tasting notes will be helpful to others, but, if nothing else, it’ll help me remember what I thought of various teas, which will be helpful when I’m ordering more.


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