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Summer Vacation! This tea comes from a small independant tea seller in Boise, Idaho, that was selling tea at the Farmer’s Market in 2017 (she refrained and stuck to online sales only in 2018 due to her father’s health). When I stopped by her booth I picked up both the Taiwanese oolongs she sourced, which at the time were Zhushan Natural Oolong, which she told me was being discontinued by the tea farm it was being sourced from and she only had a few bags left, and Forever Spring Oolong, the replacement for the Zhushan Natural Oolong. I ended up not liking the Zhushan Natural Oolong very much, because it was just way too perfumy in aroma for me. It reminded me too much of a heavily-scented jasmine tea, only with an orchid aroma/flavor instead. My migraine-head doesn’t do well with perfume-like teas. As I remember, I liked this replacement oolong much better, because it didn’t have that strong, heady perfume aroma, but was still floral and sweet. Time to revisit and see if my abysmal memory holds up!

3.7g brewed in 370ml 200F water in a gravity well infuser. I still need to try this one gong fu style, but just don’t have the time tonight; I need to limit my caffeine intake because I have an early morning tomorrow, and I have to cut off my tea/food at a certain hour tonight because the reason for the early morning tomorrow is health evals at work (which means a blood draw). The brewed tea has a light yellow color and an aroma has notes of flowers, honey, and minerals. It definitely doesn’t have that strong “cheap perfume” smell the other oolong had. The flavor is quite nice; surprisingly sweet, a bit like honey and cream, with a sweet orchid note, and a finish that comes off with a slight mineral tang.

Will need to try this gong fu when I have the time, but it’s quite tasty even as a western brew. I like the sweet honeyed/floral profile with the slightly sharper earthy finish.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Honey, Honeysuckle, Mineral, Orchid, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 370 ML

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, RuPaul’s Drag Race, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Dessert/chocolate/vanilla/caramel/cream/toffee/maple
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
-Floral/lavender/rose
-Spices/chais
-Fruity
-Tropical/pineapple/coconut
-Bergamot (in moderation)
-Roasted/nutty
-Tart/tangy/hibiscus/rosehip

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Grapefruit (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

Currently Sipping Down: Tazo’s Butterscotch Blondie, Art of Tea’s Tropical Mate

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

New Teas Tried for 2019: 78
Sipdown Count for 2019: 119

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My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AvGT1XwgJUTErt3zhjpHbXf6HNS3k_Ym85zoHJPmhX4/edit?usp=sharing . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D2J0sUMNItRsf0jBRBR6XDFUimm60f0o/view?usp=sharing . I am currently on a tea trading/ordering hiatus to get my collection under control! I cannot participate in any tea boxes, group orders, tea exchanges, or accept any tea gifts at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited gifting (USA only!)

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