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Brewed the last 5g this morning western style at slightly lower temp and untimed steeps. It became a little more medicinal in taste with a less drying mouthfeel, more silky. I figured western would not allow some of the nuances to develop, which was the case, but I didn’t expect the cheap perfume to completely overtake the liquor for all three steeps, just the first. It was a very mediocre cup.

I did some searching around last night and it looks like this is probably a 2014 harvest from Goe Tea farm, so not exactly fresh. Grown at low elevation. I’d like to try a fresher version, so I’ll be on the lookout for teas from this farm.

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190 °F / 87 °C 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I bought the tea in May of 2017 at a farmer’s market, so I don’t think the harvest would’ve been that old (not saying it isn’t possible, though). It is discontinued now, so the webpage got pulled, and since I didn’t have the URL for it copied down somewhere, I couldn’t archive.org it to try to get any further info on it. When I got the tea, she did say my bag was one of the last of four of the stock she still had on hand at the time. The tea farm info is all I do still know, as the information on the farm she sourced it from is still on her website. The year of the harvest isn’t on the packaging, either. She has a different direct trade oolong now called Forever Spring, which tastes different, and I much prefer it. I’ll have to send some sometime. I’m uncertain if it also comes from Goe Tea Farm and replaced the other harvest, or if it is sourced from elsewhere. It’s still floral in taste, but doesn’t have that overwhelming perfumey quality.

derk

Thanks for the info, or lack thereof ;P

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Mastress Alita

I bought the tea in May of 2017 at a farmer’s market, so I don’t think the harvest would’ve been that old (not saying it isn’t possible, though). It is discontinued now, so the webpage got pulled, and since I didn’t have the URL for it copied down somewhere, I couldn’t archive.org it to try to get any further info on it. When I got the tea, she did say my bag was one of the last of four of the stock she still had on hand at the time. The tea farm info is all I do still know, as the information on the farm she sourced it from is still on her website. The year of the harvest isn’t on the packaging, either. She has a different direct trade oolong now called Forever Spring, which tastes different, and I much prefer it. I’ll have to send some sometime. I’m uncertain if it also comes from Goe Tea Farm and replaced the other harvest, or if it is sourced from elsewhere. It’s still floral in taste, but doesn’t have that overwhelming perfumey quality.

derk

Thanks for the info, or lack thereof ;P

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