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    JING Tea Ali Shan Oolong

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold The taste of this tea was deeply floral with a sweet and vegetal finish. In short, it was everything that I love about Ali Shan oolong. Fruity notes added a pleasant lightness that kept it from being too “green”. The mouth-feel was smooth and almost creamy. I did about six consecutive infusions and the flavor remained consistent throughout. The leaves took their time unfurling but they had completely filled my gaiwan by the time that I was finished. They had a incredible aroma, even after brewing…

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    JING Tea Silver Needle 2013

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: pale green, covered in downy hairs Ingredients: white tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold The first thing that I noticed about this tea was the leaves. While all silver needles are covered in downy hairs, these leaves were positively fluffy. I was amazed to actually see the hairs falling off into the water during steeping. This is a phenomenon that I’ve been told happens but I had never actually seen it for myself. The taste was sweet and mellow with definite notes of honeydew melon. It was vegetal without becoming grassy and the finish had a pleasant…