Yesterday morning, just like the previous morning, I drank Caravan. I woke up wanting to give it another try. See if I could get the 1st steep to trend towards the unique tasting goodness of the 2nd steep. And decreasing the steeping time did indeed trend the 1st steep in that direction. Next time I’ll try 3 minutes 45 second. Contradictorily, I found myself wishing the 1st steep was a bit stronger this time. Maybe in between will be just right.

I also gave the 2nd steep more time, which increased the flavors. I think it could take even more time without bittering. I am bumping the rating up since I’ve moved from could-be-good undecided to decidedly good.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no


Charleston, SC

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