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I love this oolong because I have always had different and high flavor notes each time. I’m gong fuing it properly or more properly by taking my time today, and I’m digging it. Strong aroma with 5 ish grams, and magnolia wafted off heavily in my kitchen. Tasting it, some heavy cassia, cherry, rhaspberry, and honey in the finish. Second steep was more subtle, but very sweet reminding me of ginger and something flowery. I also got a weird note like a white pepper. It’s not really spicy per se, but it’s got a kick.

There are very few aged teas and even fresh teas that has as much flavor and aroma as this aged tea. I’d almost rate it 100-big thing holding me back from going all the way to that rating is that it doesn’t quite have a lot of staying power. I still enjoy every session and don’t feel like I finish it prematurely.

I’ve only made it to steep three, and I never really get bored with it. It doesn’t always last passed four steeps often, and I’ve maybe pushed it back to 6, but I haven’t gone much further yet. I’ve also hoarded it for a few weeks in my stash with the same kind of reverence and neglect of a forgotten pharaoh’s tomb. I even have the statues of Anubis, Horus, and other gods and a nearly dilapidated book shelf to go with theme.

A part of me regrets not getting another 50 grams before it sold out, but I think I have just enough to last me. I also really want to get the Wild Jin Jun Mei maybe. I still have to go through the whopping 500 grams of black tea I’ve got, but I somehow finish the majority of oolong I have year by year. Hopefully, I will be able to hold myself off from this treasure so I can rebury, and then rediscover it over again.

Flavors: Cherry, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Gardenias, Ginger, Honey, Orchid, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Grand Crew Teas
Wuyi Origins Jin Jun Mei Sampler
What-Cha Jin Jun Mei
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

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I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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