Sipdown! I thought there was a little too much leaf for one ordinary session, but not enough for two, so I dumped everything into my 120 ml teapot. It ended up being about two-thirds full of gorgeous golden buds, which told me I was in this for the long haul. Using 195F water, I steeped this tea for 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 120, and 180 seconds

This session is similar to previous ones, although stretched out over a longer number of steeps. The first two steeps are milk chocolatey and sweet, and the tea gets darker and breadier as the session progresses. After the tea is finished, my cup smells like it’s been coated with baker’s chocolate. A nice thick mouthfeel shows up around the fifth steep and sticks around for a while, though the tea starts to get drying around the tenth infusion.

This was one of my best purchases from Yunnan Sourcing in 2016, and I’m sad to see it go.

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Since I discovered Teavana’s Monkey Picked Oolong four years ago, I’ve been fascinated by loose-leaf tea. I’m glad to say that my oolong tastes have evolved, and that I now like nearly every tea that comes from Taiwan, oolong or not, particularly the bug-bitten varieties. I also find myself drinking Yunnan blacks and Darjeelings from time to time, as well as a few other curiosities.

However, while online reviews might make me feel like an expert, I know that I still have some work to do to actually pick up those flavours myself. I hope that by making me describe what I’m tasting, Steepster can improve my appreciation of teas I already enjoy and make me more open to new possibilities (maybe even puerh!).



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