I’ve been drinking this somewhere between western and grandpa style for the last day and a half. Steeping in a DavidsTea tea press and pouring into one of the big Favorite Tumblers (both of them are the autumn leaves prints, if anyone was dying of curiosity). The tumbler holds about 1.5 fills of the tea press. The press doesn’t quite squash the leaves tightly enough to fully stop the steeping so between that and topping off with hot water as needed, it’s sorta grandpa-ish but the press got pushed down at about 3 minutes when I did a full water refill so also western-ish. I chucked in three of the mini tuo and the flavor has lasted a surprisingly long time. The flavor isn’t any more exciting or complex than when I gongfu-ed these but it’s been a great seemingly endless, almost no thought required tea to drink while shopping online, reading, playing dumb phone games, eating and whatever else I’ve been doing yesterday and today. It could probably keep going a while longer steeping this way but I’m about ready for a flavor change.

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I may have a mild to moderate tea addiction. Black, white, green, pu-erh, it doesn’t matter. I’m a little on the fence about oolongs but I’m starting to think I’m just particular about how they’re brewed. I haven’t tried any yellows yet but they’re on my wishlist so I can have a complete rainbow of tea. My tea problem is bad enough that I don’t necessarily even need tea in my tea, most herbals are welcome in my house too.

Favorites: jasmine, moonlight white, shou mei, chenpi/tangerine peel, violet, rose, Mengku sheng (especially autumn), anji bai cha, taiping houkui, blooming tea balls, tulsi/holy basil, chamomile

Dislikes: red rooibos, eucalyptus, allspice, flavorings of unknown origin, pumpkin, apple, banana, annoying flower petals that don’t add any flavor but are thrown in to look pretty (they tend to float and get in my way if I brew tea grandpa style)


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