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Frankly any old-style, old tree tea and purple varietals are to my liking. This tea combines these two aspects. As one contemplates the dry leaf, before steeping it, it seems to talk of loving, careful hands that cut long, well developed but young and tender leaves in spring 2014 then processed them to a subdued cordovan color, delicately twisting them to come up with an exceptional flavor and aroma for my tasting still now in 2016. This is one of the longest lasting teas in the mouth that I have ever tried. The first time I steeped it, while meditating later on , I was distracted but its persistent taste. Perhaps it lasted almost an hour!
This morning I made two steepings for 3 minutes at 190°F and it is so smooth, so velvety. Nothing harsh, by any means. A full bodied, complex taste and, as I say, long in the mouth. A few hours later, I have made a third steeping at 195°F for 5 minutes and it retains its entire flavor, perhaps gaining in subtly—or is it because I am more awake now? I will later on do a fourth steeping— I have done it many times— at 200°F and for 6-7 minutes and it will still maintain a good taste level, although by this time, it will be less pronounced.
Tea Trekker is indeed true to its reputation which such a fine, very top-notch tea. They definitely have an excellent hand at making their contacts and choices. Their quality is very consistent, indeed.
Wonderfully round, complex, full mouthed, long lasting taste. A high mountain oolong leaf made into a subtle black tea. Very smooth and no bitterness whatsoever. This is a big gnarly leaf which why I used an apparently big amount. I made three excellent steepings, using 200°F water for the last one with only 4 ounces of water for 6 minutes. (With a tea of such high quality, I like to play with time and temperature so as to coax out more steepings.) For my experience, Tea Trekker always comes through with very high quality and decent prices. They have never sold me something that is not in the upper range of premium tea. I have learned to follow their suggestions, descriptions, temperature ranges and quantity of tea.
Flavors: Caramel, Round, Smooth