Another from Dark Matter. It feels good to be finally getting around to these! I went with another oolong today after yesterday’s success. It’s not something I’d usually pick out, but while I’m on a roll…

Brewed, it’s a pale gold colour with the scent of dried fruit. It’s a surprisingly strong scent for a tea that doesn’t look all that strong. The flavour is more muted, although surprisingly long-lasting. It starts off fairly innocuous; cream with an undertone of starch. After that it develops quite quickly into brown sugar, with a warming, mildly spicy cinnamon note into the aftertaste.

I’m beginning to think that I might have got oolong wrong – or perhaps the ones I tried were just wrong for me. These last two I could happily drink lots more of because they’re great (and have none of the characteristics I dislike…) If I’d tried these at the beginning of my relationship with oolong (as unlikely as that is), maybe it would be a very different thing today. That’s an interesting thought.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

I just got this one but haven’t tried it yet. Now I am really looking forward to it!

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I just got this one but haven’t tried it yet. Now I am really looking forward to it!

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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