This is a rather amazing tea, nuanced and full of flavor. If prepared really well, the first sip is almost shocking; the buttery note really comes through. However, I have only prepared it this well once. This tea is very easy to get wrong. After doing some searching, I found the “top-down” method worked really quite well in a glass or gaiwan. This involves dropping the tea leaves into the glass with the water already poured, watching them fall to the bottom and opening up.

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I consider myself more of an orthodox tea drinker. My favorite teas are usually white or green, and I add nothing to them. I prefer the more subtle and delicate teas.

My only herbal tea I cannot be without is mint. Whether fresh mint or dried mint, it is my go-to caffeine-free tea.

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