The Leaf: Nice dark green with a marbling of light green throughout the leaves. Each leaf looks like it didn’t quite make it into a ball, being curled and twisted; very gnarly. No loose stems and the pile looks nice. The scent is light, but typical of a less oxidized oolong; very sweet, flowery, and fruity.

The Brew: The liquor is very light green; almost white in appearance. The aroma is a bit unexpected, as well as the taste. Both are slightly vegetal in character. The aroma is light, but slightly sweet, and almost has a note of lettuce to it. The taste is also very light, but has a green vegetable overtone. Very little hint of fruit or flower notes can be detected.

Note: While I found this tea interesting, I’ll admit that I didn’t find myself enjoying it. I felt more preoccupied with trying to figure out what I was drinking.

I drink all of my teas cold.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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I’ve been a tea drinker since I was a teenager, and have only gotten more addicted to tea as time goes on. I’m currently at a couple of liters a day.

I love all styles of tea, but as I currently live in Japan I’m checking out many of the teas available here; bancha, kukicha, and houjicha to name a few. I’m also a big fan of Assam tea, and almost all herbal teas including rooibos and mate.

My favorite way to brew tea is using a brew device from Taiwan that is marketed in the US under names like IngenuiTEA, and Perfect Teamaker. The device allows ample room for your leaves and makes cleanup quick and easy. I like the brewer so much I’m actually trying to market it in Japan.


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