A winter oolong sipped down during one of Steepster’s winters…

I finally prepared this in a tiny teapot to experience a greater range of aromas and flavors.

The scent of the dry and warmed leaf is a treat! Take your time with it.

First steep is young grass with slatey minerality and a full body. Second steep on is plenty of lily of the valley, young grass and milder minerality with many shy nuances. Light and silky body with some gentle tannins. Perfumey floral aftertaste transitions to squeaky-grassy tulip. I notice the bottom of the cup smells like sugared cherry blossoms. The overall feeling reminds me more of a spring harvest than winter. A pleasant send off :)

Flavors: Cherry Blossom, Cream, Egg, Flowers, Gardenias, Grass, Kale, Lily, Macadamia, Mineral, Mung Bean, Perfume, Pineapple, Silky, Spinach, Sugar, Sweet Corn, Tannin

205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile. Terpene fiend.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Georgia, Japan, Nepal and Darjeeling. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

I’m convinced European countries make the best herbal teas.

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100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.

69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s pu’er, I likely think it needs more age.

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