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Another from Kawaii433! Thanks so much! These dark oolongs are usually not my thing at all, but I’m always very thrilled to try a teaspoon or two. :D I’m intrigued by the ‘red’ in the name. There is a slight red tinge to these charcoal leaves. The bundles are very tightly wrapped. The flavor is charcoal, but not too much – very sweet and syrupy as well. Tastes very mineral and healthy. A nice lingering flavor. Very delicious for a tea that isn’t usually my thing at all. I don’t try enough of these types of teas to tell if this is the best of the best. But as usual, a very tough tea for me to describe. My tastebuds draw a blank on these types, unlike some other extravagant tea notes.
I really want to buy some of the What-cha Sticky rice oolong but I really don’t want to pay $6 shipping for just one tea. I realize they’re a tiny operation, but $6 is a lot of shipping for one tea, even if a couple others are also catching my eye.
Steep #1 // not quite 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 24 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 6 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min

Kawaii433

You’re very welcome and when I order again, I can get you some Sticky rice oolong and you can piggyback and not pay for shipping… Or I can just send you some of my stash. I still have quite a lot. <3

tea-sipper

Oh that would be awesome of you. I actually wouldn’t mind some of the old stash of Sticky rice… I thought that one was perfect. But I still owe you a package, so we can wait a while.

Leafhopper

I’ve been wanting to try that oolong too, but having 25 or 50 g of something I don’t like is a definite possibility. And yes, paying $6 to ship one tea isn’t worth it. I usually wait till I can exceed the free shipping threshold, which could happen for What-Cha.

Kawaii433

tea-sipper, bah don’t worry about it. I’m still working on sipdowns hehe. I’ll send you some when I go to the post office next week on Mon or Tues.

tea-sipper

Kawaii, if you insist. I REALLY appreciate it. That sticky rice keeps lingering in my mind. :D

tea-sipper

Leafhopper: Yeah, the free shipping limit isn’t too bad for What-cha, I just know I shouldn’t be acquiring ‘free-shipping-limit’ amounts of tea right now. haha

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Kawaii433

You’re very welcome and when I order again, I can get you some Sticky rice oolong and you can piggyback and not pay for shipping… Or I can just send you some of my stash. I still have quite a lot. <3

tea-sipper

Oh that would be awesome of you. I actually wouldn’t mind some of the old stash of Sticky rice… I thought that one was perfect. But I still owe you a package, so we can wait a while.

Leafhopper

I’ve been wanting to try that oolong too, but having 25 or 50 g of something I don’t like is a definite possibility. And yes, paying $6 to ship one tea isn’t worth it. I usually wait till I can exceed the free shipping threshold, which could happen for What-Cha.

Kawaii433

tea-sipper, bah don’t worry about it. I’m still working on sipdowns hehe. I’ll send you some when I go to the post office next week on Mon or Tues.

tea-sipper

Kawaii, if you insist. I REALLY appreciate it. That sticky rice keeps lingering in my mind. :D

tea-sipper

Leafhopper: Yeah, the free shipping limit isn’t too bad for What-cha, I just know I shouldn’t be acquiring ‘free-shipping-limit’ amounts of tea right now. haha

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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!

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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