The leaves look almost like Darjeeling leaves, which gives some indication as to the taste of the tea. Slightly sweet and floral, this was smooth, clean, mellow and had a medium body and clean finish. It tasted similar to a first flush Darjeeling, actually. There’s a deliciously…bread-like note to it? Weird. I usually brew this at 208° for four minutes, which makes it stronger.

Along with Jun Chiyabari’s Himalayan Hand-Rolled, this is one of the only black teas my green-tea-only friend enjoys.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I grew up drinking oolong. My parents would toss a pinch of leaves into our cups and we’d steep them again and again until the brew was tasteless. Sometimes my little sister and I would throw some toasted rice in there and munch through our sips while doing homework or watching TV.

I had never had any other tea until I was in college. My first non-oolong tea was Earl Grey and I dumped it down the drain. Milk, sugar, bergamot oil, black tea—what a shock!

Years later and I’ve now become a big fan of all other types of tea and tisanes as well. As cheesy as it might sound, I believe tea is a very personal experience. There will always be something new to surprise you, yet there is nothing so reliable as a good cup of tea.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee at Stash Tea, though I am not representing them on Steepster in any way. While I will log my honest reviews of both Stash’s and other companies’ teas, I won’t be posting any ratings so as not to come off as biased.



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