After yesterday’s successful experiment with LB/Wuyi Mountain Big Red Robe, I wanted to sip on just the Wuyi oolong today at work for comparison. For the first two Western style steeps, I was getting a lot of nutty and chocolate-y flavors along with that wet leaf taste that I find in a lot of different oolongs. The third steep was significantly weaker in flavor (and oddly a little bitter), but I went ahead and did a fourth steep anyway just to see what would happen. The fourth steep was pretty much just like slightly flavored hot water.

In conclusion, I think that this is a 2 steep max kind of tea for me (Western style anyway). I’m so happy that I reordered this from Verdant because it’s just the perfect delicious, clean cuppa I need to motivate me through the workday.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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