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Thank you for the samples, Aprtea.com! The leaves interestingly enough are very tightly bound and very dark green in color. As the name of this includes charcoal, I expected one of those deep roasted charcoal oolongs but this is actually a less scary, very mildy charcoal flavor. I’m glad, as charcoal isn’t my favorite flavor of oolong. But the resulting flavor is very light and sweet and extremely delicious. The color of the brew is a pale yellow. The second steep really soaks into the special of this oolong, the texture could almost be syrupy it’s so oddly changing the feel of the oolong. How does the mouthfeel of a tea get so thick? The flavor is more full, buttery, silky, still sweet with just a touch more of that charcoal flavor that is included in the name. But otherwise, it still seems like one of those bright green oolongs and nothing roasted. The third steep is even deeper with these flavors — more buttery, it just blooms in the mouth. The fourth steep was a bit lighter in flavor, but that might be because I didn’t use hotter water. All of the flavor qualities in this oolong are perfect together and it’s fantastic. It’s a great reminder of why I love oolong. I expected much worse seeing it described as ‘charcoal’ — my least favorite tea type.

Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // rinse // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep#3 // 12 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #4 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep

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Tieguanyin has a lot of flavors
Charcoal baking flower aroma: very mildy charcoal flavor
Charcoal baking caramel aroma: Deep charcoal flavor

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Tieguanyin has a lot of flavors
Charcoal baking flower aroma: very mildy charcoal flavor
Charcoal baking caramel aroma: Deep charcoal flavor

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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
aquartertotea.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
eco-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
mandala
Teajo
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com
Davidstea

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.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!

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. :D

Happy sipping!

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