Appearance: twisted reddish-brown whole leaves when dry with very few stems or non-tea parts. When brewed, the leaves appear to be about half oxidized. Aroma: astringent, spicy up front, with fruity and nutty notes. Mouthfeel: middle of the road. Taste: 1st steeping: Considerable astringency, followed by a distinctly lychee-like flavor, with some cinnamon and black pepper mild spice, as well as nutty and woody notes. There’s some of the longer-lasting mild bitterness, but not it’s more at the front of the mouth than the back of the throat like a high mountain greener oolong would have. 2nd steeping: similar, but more of a honey flavor, and the astringency and spice notes are considerably reduced. This trend continues with increased steepings. Overall, I like the first steeping very much, but the following steepings lack some complexity.

Flavors: Astringent, Black Pepper, Honey, Lychee, Wet Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I like tea. Basically all types, except smoked lapsang souchong. Favorite tea types: mid-aged sheng puer, high mountain Taiwanese oolongs, aged lighter oolongs, dan cong oolongs, certain black teas. Other than that I’m a well-rounded nice-ish person who does epidemiology for work and outdoors things, especially bikes, for fun, among other things. Also, I think the differences between unglazed clays used for yixing-style pots are figuratively bologna.


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