Another Sheng Olympics sample. :) 7g in the 4oz gaiwan, water 90-100C, short steeps – 10sec for quite a while, then gradually increasing to about 1min. It definitely tastes like a young sheng, quite bright and a bit sharp. A few times I oversteeped it and the bitterness/astringency turned unpleasant. Flavour notes of zucchini and bitter greens. In the later steeps, I was just starting to get bored with the bitterness when the sweet huigan really kicked in, so I kept drinking. :) I wish I had more to say about this one… it was pretty good, but not particularly remarkable.

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Well it has been over a year and everyone I know thinks my tea obsession is a bit out of hand, so… I guess I’m not a total newbie anymore. :)

I’m drinking a lot more pure tea these days, though I still love a good flavoured blend too. Current favourites: Chinese and Taiwanese blacks, fresh Chinese greens, oolongs both green and roasted, sheng puer.

I really love companies that buy directly from tea farmers, and have an emphasis on quality and sustainability. Favourites: Verdant, Whispering Pines, Eco Cha, White 2 Tea. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, so I buy almost all my tea online.

For hot tea, I’m usually brewing in either a 100ml gaiwan, or a 10oz mug with a steeping basket. For cold tea, I cold brew overnight in 500ml mason jars.

My cupboard on Steepster doesn’t include small samples, just the ones I have at least 15g of. So if you see something you’re interested in, I probably have enough to share. :)


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