drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
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Gong fu tea with hubby! This is becoming an almost nightly event and I LOVE it! When I first tried this, I think it was only my first or second oolong and I thought I was really a dark oolong drinker. I still like this very much but I love the greener oolongs now as well.

Points to hubby…he is really new to drinking good loose leaf tea, but he sipped this and made a face. When I asked what was wrong, he said it tasted like an ashtray. I told him he was doing well with his palate, as this one is smoked and he picked up on it right away. I told him to hang in there for a couple more steeps and the smoke would fade.

It did indeed fade, and the toasted walnut notes came out to play. On the sixth steep now the color of the liquor is still strong, there is still some smokiness there, and the nuttiness dominates. But I think tomorrow night he will get something floral like a TGY or even Jasmine Dragon Pearls from Teavivre. Those are more up his alley.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about eight years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

I am also reviewing for Sororitea Sisters now!

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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