Well, I have some great news. I PASSED BOTH THE MICHIGAN SOCIAL STUDIES AND HISTORY CERTIFICATION TESTS! That’s one HUGE weight off my shoulders. Since one of my friends sent me a decent amount of tea, I decided to celebrate with this buddy on the green side.
I’ve always wanted to try Totem Tea, but never have because of price. This tea so happened to be on the list. I got what I expected from an Osmanthus oolong, and the first two steeps-15 sec and around another 15-20 sec with 200 F water-were nicely floral and sweet. I got a little bit of the chestnut thing going on with the notes. It was on the sweeter floral side and very savory over all. This was good compared to others I’ve had, but I think I like a little bit more floral in my oolong hence my preference for the green mega light roasts. The longevity was sold- about 4 good steeps and 2 decent ones later from half of a sample package. I’m assuming the amount was close to 3 grams. I brewed it twice and the sample felt like 5.
I was still happy to try this and enjoyed it all the better. I think it’s pretty approachable for someone newly trying it, my roommate liked it fair enough. If you otherwise drink oolong and know osmanthus, you know what you are getting yourself into.