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The tea about Tea

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Am I correct in thinking you're in the Seattle area? If so, what's the name of that tea distributor?? :3
I regret to inform you that I'm in Brooklyn, but if you want to get some tea from the opposite end of the country it all came from Long Island-based Serendipitea. They have a charmingly dated website, but we've had some of their tea before and it's legit.

Tie guan yin is fantastic! One of my favorite oolongs! Enjoy!
Oh good, I'm glad there's already a fan on here. I've never made oolong before, do you do the whole "rinse leaves first, short steep, then long steep" thing? I want to get it right!
 

Exposition Owl

Tiny trash thief
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Oh good, I'm glad there's already a fan on here. I've never made oolong before, do you do the whole "rinse leaves first, short steep, then long steep" thing? I want to get it right!

I’ve honestly never tried that, and I’ve found the tea to be very good all the same. It might be worth trying sometime, though!
 

Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)
I was just at my favorite tea shop the other day and the proprietor reiterated that method to me and my friend again. Do a rinse or 3-5 second steep to wash the leaves (in hot water), then your first steep. I forget the temperatures and times for oolong, though... Google is telling me it's a little hotter (180-185) than green tea (175ish), and a little longer, maybe 2 or 2.5 minutes for the first one rather than 1-1.5 minutes for green. I think the second steep is just longer than the first, dunno if there's anything extra special about it beyond that.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
The steeping instructions on their website for that particular tea say the first steep should be 30-60 seconds, and the second for four minutes. 195-205 degrees. So I dunno!

I did try the pu-erh today, which was pretty interesting. I know about how it's made but it was still earthier than I expected, flavor-wise. Not bad by any means, but I think it's something I'd have to be in the right mood for.
 

Paul le Fou

24/7 lofi hip hop man to study/relax to
(He)
The steeping instructions on their website for that particular tea say the first steep should be 30-60 seconds, and the second for four minutes. 195-205 degrees. So I dunno!
Heck!

Well, I'd follow their instructions for their tea. I just grabbed some random generic instructions for oolong off the web. That said, you could also try it both ways, then compare and contrast!
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Yeah, I'll do the recommended way first. If I'm happy with that, I won't need to go any farther!

Only consideration is that I've become more sensitive to caffeine as I've gotten older, so I'm not sure how a second cup of tea might affect me. As long as I have it in the morning I should be alright.
 
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