I must start this off by saying I bought sample packs from Tea From Taiwan so you’ll be seeing a few more reviews of their teas. I must also say I am no expert so feel free to comment or correct me if I have made a blunder.

This tea’s first steep in my Yixing was the whole 7 grams for about a 8-10 ounce cup. This was the best I have had “Eastern” style so far! Smell of the dry leaf was yummy familiar oolong smell. I found myself sticking my nose in the empty sample package for scent “hits” many times. First steep was 60 seconds at 195F after a quick leaf wake up/rinse as directed by the web site. The taste is very floral and buttery with a slight mineral hint. Very nice mouthfeel…almost broth-like. Second steep (80 seconds) was a deep golden brew that had more aroma, but about the same amount of flavor. The website says you can go 5 steeps and beyond, but being a middle-aged barbarian with unrefined taste buds, I’ll stop when the tea taste is fading to me. Third steep is holding up well at 1:40 was a little lighter but still tasty – in fact, I decided to order more based on the staying power and taste of this tea. I quit after the fourth cup at 2 minutes because I was full (big cups), plus I had to take the kids to an orthodontist appointment.

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Transitioning from military and spending the afternoons shuttling the kids and drinking tea…mostly Japanese and Chinese green/oolong and Taiwanese oolong. Occasionally imbibing in a Teavana herbal blend at night.

My cupboard is completely up to date. Currently, I am drinking lots of tea from Seven Cups and Den’s.


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