Bit of a backlog. I’m so glad I decided to make this before work today, because it wound up being the highlight of my day. I didn’t like shengs for a while; I don’t know what switch flipped today, but I SO enjoyed it. Secretly, I’ve decided that it would be fun to assign teas to fictional characters, and I was testing this one for a character from my favorite anime.

I played kinda fast and loose with the steep times, but I shot for 30 s, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The first steep was bright, metallic, and astringent, with whispers of pine and woods. The second and third steeps, which tasted pretty similar to me, were less astringent and more woodsy. The fourth steep, however, was astringent to the point of being bitter, which I hadn’t expected to happen. Maybe I overdid it?

Nonetheless, having this tea was very enjoyable and a treat. I look forward to trying it again with the last of my sample.

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The name’s Holly. 27. Work for a small IT company. About to finish a Master’s degree this winter. ISFJ for what it’s worth. I play various instruments (mostly bass guitar right now), attempt to write songs that I’m too scared to play for anyone, and I’m currently taking voice lessons. I also enjoy starting various hobbies, wearing monochromes, writing, cooking, taking walks, and various and sundry other things…

I’ve been a tea drinker since spring of 2013. Tea is a source of happiness, positivity, curiosity, and relaxation (…and caffeine) for me.

I’ve been on and off this site over the years, and I even had a separate tea blog at one point. For now, I’m just working on getting back in the habit of enjoying tea regularly and to its fullest.

Love: Malty Chinese black teas, shu/ripe pu erhs, soft flowery teas (esp. jasmine teas)

Like: Japanese green teas, sheng/ripe pu erhs, white teas

Still trying to get into: Most oolongs, chai teas

Not crazy about: Roasty teas, fruity teas, rooibos, many (not all) herbal teas

90-100: YEAH!
80-89: Nice! This is good stuff.
70-79: Respectable tea.
60-69: Not bad.
50-59: Middling. Not really worth it.
25-49: Eeeeeugh. Not good.
0-24: Did you know you can use tea leaves as odor absorbent?



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