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Trap Sense - Grapefruit Bai Hao Oolong

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Trap Sense - Grapefruit Bai Hao Oolong

A honeyed and somewhat fruity bai hao oolong with rich tart grapefruit and a mildly dry finish. Great with a bit of sugar!


Using a Bai Hao oolong as a base (also known as "White Tip," "Oriental Beauty," "Dongfang Meiren," or "Braggart's Tea,"), this tea makes its intentions clear from the beginning. Bai Hao is a style out of Taiwan with a rich history, known for its sweet fruity & honeyed notes. It starts by releasing tiny insects called "tea jassids" into the crop right around the time it's ready to pick, which proceed to eat the tea leaves, sucking out the vital juices the tea leaves need to survive & thrive. The plant responds to this by sending nutritious chemicals up to the leaves to heal the wounds and restrengthen the bonds. Right when the leaf is healed up and full of extra nutrients, the farmers pick it, bruise it like typical tea processing, let it oxidize just a bit, then pan-fire it to stop the oxidation.

This process oxidizes the leaf on the branch a bit before it's picked, and gives the leaves a signiture white tip (thus the name), introduces a fascinating honey-like flavor thanks to the nutrient compounds present, and makes for a unique flavor that doesn't come across in hardly any other teas, let alone oolongs. It's a highly sought-after tea, frequently expensive, but when it's affordable enough, it makes for a great blending base.

For the Trap Sense, the bai hao is mixed with grapefruit and some delicate floral flavors to balance with the fruity/floral nature of the bai hao oolong. The tartness of the grapefruit pairs perfectly with the already somewhat-fruity and delightfully honeyed flavors of the oolong, making for a tea that comes in strong, lets you know it's there, but doesn't really bite. It takes well to a touch of sugar, to help smooth it out, but some people will definitely enjoy the juxtaposition of the tart & sweet.

The Name

Trap Sense is a classic ability earned by, depending on the system, rogues, investigators, barbarians, and more. An innate sense of dungeoneering that snaps ones eyes to dangerous obstacles in the party's path. A crutial piece of any adventuring party, to be sure. This tea, a nice tart grapefruit made with tea leaf that has been bitten by a swarm of tiny bugs, had to heal from it only to be picked when full of all that healing energy, then bruised, oxidized, and pan-fired seems to evoke a feeling of looming doom. After all, the tea has been through a lot, and the grapefruit isn't hear to go easy on anybody either. The caffeine and pleasant tartness will be sure to keep your senses up and awake to keep an eye out for danger.

Brewing Suggestions

  • Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
  • Use boiling (90°C/195°F) water
  • Steep for 3:30, strain leaves, and enjoy!
    • Don't forget to try for multiple infusions! Just add time to each steep.
      • For under 2:00 steep times, add 30 sec.
      • For 2:00 to 4:00, add 1 minute.
      • For over 4:00, add 2 minutes or more.
    • Like milk in your tea? Steep an extra minute!
    • Too strong? Take off a minute, or use 5g of leaf instead!
    • Too light? Kick it up another minute, or use 10g of leaf instead!
    • Wanna do a tea latte?
      • Use 11g (≈1½ tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz).
      • Steep 2 minutes in ¼ liter (≈8 oz) boiling (100°C/212°C) water
      • Add ¼ liter (≈8 oz) hot milk, steep another 3 minutes.
      • Strain leaves, add sugar if you like (1 tsp usually does it), and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Organic South African green rooibos

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We are a small independent operation, and as such we operate inside of our retail space, the Phoenix Pearl Tea Tavern in Red Lodge, MT. We bag teas for orders while also serving in-store customers, including making cups of tea, making food, and selling bulk and retail purchases. Our employees work as quickly as they can, but we don't have a warehouse to operate out of with dedicated employees. As such, orders may take anywhere from 1-5 business days to ship. Thank you for understanding.