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Thanks very much, Meowster, from a while ago!  The bundles here are HUGE.  Probably the biggest bundles of oolong I’ve ever seen.  Maybe the bigger bundles mean a more milder flavor?  Less leaves in the scoop? The flavor is certainly different from a typical oolong, though tough for me to describe why.  Very mineral – very sweet, hint of sweet corn and cream.  Kept the flavor going on the second steep.  Got busy and didn’t do a third steep the next day… so sadly tossed the leaves on the third day.  I won’t use the same leaves for over 72 hours.  Had enough to try again though!  The second steep session about a month later was much the same.  Almost a tangy quality when cooled on the second steep.  The third steep session to finish the leaves off, also not really distinct flavors here… not a helpful tasting note…  All I’m getting flavor-wise is MILD. OOLONG. Should have been all different parameters with all three steep sessions, and really no change in flavor between ANY of the eight mugs.   I’m sure this absolutely tasted much better (and more distinct) when it was fresh, so that is a shame. I love the flavor notes on Leafhopper’s tasting note. I wish I had tasted any of that! But it looks like Leafhopper used many more leaves than I did, so I guess I SHOULD have steeped the second and third steep sessions together. Darn it – should have read Leafhopper’s note sooner.
Steep #1  // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 29 minutes after boiling  // 1 minute steep
Steep #2  // 22 minutes after boiling //  1 min
Second steep session:
Steep #1  // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 32 minutes after boiling  // rinse // 1 minute steep
Steep #2  // 25 minutes after boiling //  1 1/2 min
Steep #3 // ??
Third Steep session:
Steep #1  // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 30 minutes after boiling  // rinse // 1 minute steep
Steep #2  // 20 minutes after boiling //  3 min
Steep #3 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 min
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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
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
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Davidstea
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justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

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

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