Eureka! Huzzah! I let my husband take a whiff of my first cup from derk, promised him I would not force him to sample it, but he did anyway. First sip: “Well, it doesn’t taste like flowers.” Follow-up sip: “I approve.” High praise indeed!

Other reviews capture this a lot more eloquently, but if you want the quick Midwest farmer version—it’s a very stemmy oolong that tips the needle toward woody and twiggy rather than fruity and floral, especially as it cools. I saw comparisons to houjicha; I get that, and I’d add a similarity to kukicha—in my cup, anyway.

Hoping you are thankful today, even you friends who don’t get the day off! Tea friends are definitely on the list of blessings I’m counting!

Evol Ving Ness

Happy day of thanks to you!

derk

Happy Thanksgiving to you, gmathis.

Rosehips

Happy Thanksgiving!

CrowKettle

Happy Thanksgiving!

Martin Bednář

Happy Thanksgiving!

ashmanra

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Evol Ving Ness

Happy day of thanks to you!

derk

Happy Thanksgiving to you, gmathis.

Rosehips

Happy Thanksgiving!

CrowKettle

Happy Thanksgiving!

Martin Bednář

Happy Thanksgiving!

ashmanra

Happy Thanksgiving!

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