Hidden Peak Tea House

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I had this at Hidden Peak Teahouse.

First Steep: The smell reminded me a little of houjicha. It was very vegetal and tasted of artichokes. very smooth.

Second Steep: The oolong really opened up and filled the steeping cup. There was a strong smell of artichoke. There was still vegetal/artichoke flavor, with a slight hint of floral flavor and roasted toastiness. The flavors came together in a nice balance.

Third Steep: There was a lighter flavor like black tea mixed with green tea, with a vegetal note at the end.

Fourth Steep: Lighter still. It was more thirst quenching this time, with a slight citrus note.

Fifth through Seventh Steeps: Continued to get lighter in flavor, less complex.

Flavors: Artichoke, Citrus, Floral, Roasted, Tea, Toasty, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Woke up early and groggy this morning and poured my water. Turned up the heat and began to wait

Pulled out my YiXing teapot (I keep this one specifically for green tea), and poured some water that was somewhere between first boil and second boil. It was about 2 minutes of patient anticipation before I pulled the leaves and prepared the first cup. When dry the leaves exhibit a pretty classic smell, with a bit more richness than most greens.

First cup had a sweet fragrance to the broth, but the flavor was more vegetal with a hint of smokiness. I haven’t yet done a second steeping… so more info to come!

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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