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drank Imperial by Wooree Tea
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Thanks so much for the sample, Wooree! This green tea is long and twisty. The look of the leaves reminds me more of a Bao Zhong oolong or the biggest leafed Mao Feng tea I’ve seen. The leaves have a lovely fresh vegetal fragrance. The flavor is high up there with the best green teas I’ve ever had the pleasure of sipping. The flavor is sweet and light but complex at the same time – a little brothy, fruity, nutty, buttery. Basically all of the best green tea characteristics in one cup. This is one of those green teas that could easily be the one green tea to represent all green teas in your tea collection, if you only could choose one! The second steep was also very similar – no astringency either. I love green teas that are smooth and also full of flavor. Wooree is described as “Handmade Korean green tea that gives back”. Ten percent of sales go back to South Korean orphans.
Steep #1 // one heaping teaspoon for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
http://www.wooree.co.nz/

kristinalee

I wasn’t familiar with this site, but now I have a question: I know that Korean and Japanese foods are very similar (except that Korean food has a lot more garlic and hot peppers). Would you say Korean green teas are similar to Japanese greens?

tea-sipper

I’m not sure how many Japanese teas I’ve tried outside of Sencha, but this one was certainly reminding me of some Chinese teas, like the Bao Zhong and the Mao Feng I mentioned. This one did have a slight savory flavor to it, that I sometimes associate with Japanese green teas though.

tea-sipper

Also, this might be the first Korean tea I’ve tried!

kristinalee

Oh okay. Yeah, I’ve never tried one either, but this makes me interested.

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kristinalee

I wasn’t familiar with this site, but now I have a question: I know that Korean and Japanese foods are very similar (except that Korean food has a lot more garlic and hot peppers). Would you say Korean green teas are similar to Japanese greens?

tea-sipper

I’m not sure how many Japanese teas I’ve tried outside of Sencha, but this one was certainly reminding me of some Chinese teas, like the Bao Zhong and the Mao Feng I mentioned. This one did have a slight savory flavor to it, that I sometimes associate with Japanese green teas though.

tea-sipper

Also, this might be the first Korean tea I’ve tried!

kristinalee

Oh okay. Yeah, I’ve never tried one either, but this makes me interested.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

I’m always in search of: Hattialli, Qu Hao black, Jin Jun Mei, teas using marshmallow root.

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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