I had this at Hidden Peak Teahouse.

First Steep: The smell reminded me a little of houjicha. It was very vegetal and tasted of artichokes. very smooth.

Second Steep: The oolong really opened up and filled the steeping cup. There was a strong smell of artichoke. There was still vegetal/artichoke flavor, with a slight hint of floral flavor and roasted toastiness. The flavors came together in a nice balance.

Third Steep: There was a lighter flavor like black tea mixed with green tea, with a vegetal note at the end.

Fourth Steep: Lighter still. It was more thirst quenching this time, with a slight citrus note.

Fifth through Seventh Steeps: Continued to get lighter in flavor, less complex.

Flavors: Artichoke, Citrus, Floral, Roasted, Tea, Toasty, Vegetal

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I have enjoyed various teas most of my life, but have recently started exploring higher-end teas. Still, plain houjicha (loose-leaf or bagged) makes me feel like I’m in Japan.


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