A——— at What-Cha added this as a sample in my latest order, presumably based on my like for strongly flavoured, well roasted Oolong. Hot and at first steep I got lots of seaweed and iodine. As it cooled and in subsequent steeping there’s pear as suggested on the supplier’s site, and also I got a nutty green flavour not unlike roasted acorns.

H tasted turpenes — how to put this delicately? — of the sort smelled when wandering out of Camden or Brixton tube stations. But I didn’t get that at all.

Flavors: Green Wood, Iodine, Pear, Roasted nuts, Seaweed

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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I gave up alcohol in 2013. When my taste buds came back I discovered tea.

75+ I’ll seek this out again
50+ I enjoyed this
25+ Not for me but may be for some. I might bear it on some days.
0+ Nope.

I was determined not to let the kit take over the taste when I started. So I brew gongfu concentrations and temperatures but in a pyrex measuring jug, from a household kettle, through a kitchen sieve. It works. Kit is nice, but not necessary. Good tea is.


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