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    In Pursuit of Tea Nantou Si Ji Chun Oolong

    This is a lightly oxidized oolong from Taiwan. The dark green leaves were small and tightly rolled. According to In Pursuit of Tea, they are hand sorted. This results in a more expensive tea but a much higher quality end product. I made this tea in a porcelain gaiwan using 190 degree water and three consecutive 30 second infusions. The liquor was pale gold and darkened with each steeping. This tea was incredibly aromatic and floral. It was smooth and buttery with no noticeable astringency. There were notes of orchid, lavender and vanilla with a fresh greenness in the background. The floral aspect became stronger with each infusion and lingered in my palate.…

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    In Pursuit of Tea Darjeeling 2nd Flush

    This tea is from the Jungpana Tea Estate in the Mahanadi Valley. It is the only Darjeeling estate that is only accessible by walking. The dry leaves were small and dark in color with a twisted appearance. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for two minutes. The liquor was a deep amber color. This tea was fruity and brisk without being overly astringent. The muscatel flavor was definitely there but not as in your face as a first flush would be. I first tried this tea at a tea and cheese tasting held at In Pursuit of Tea’s Manhattan store. It has since become my…