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drank Lemon Yunnan by Samovar
255 tasting notes

Thank you to LORI for this sample. I am drinking it right now and find it simply delicious. As Ricky noted, the dry leaf seems to equally feature greenish lemongrass and black leaves—and it’s an attractive mix.

Yes, it smells like Lemon Pledge but what if Lemon Pledge is really the aroma of lemon? I’m just saying—every since the Lemon Pledge comparison here was published, I’ve been afflicted by Lemon-y Pledge-ness. In the mouth, however, it’s really not at all a polishing agent nor the least bit chemical or synthetic.

I think that this is an excellent choice for lovers of lemon and wish I had a handy slice of lemon to add. I also suspect it would be a fantastic iced tea. Perhaps the better name would be something like “Superior Black Lemon Tea” because it was hard for me to detect a Yunnan note but I can certainly taste that the black tea is a high quality one.

I have not tasted too many of them, but this is certainly the best lemon black tea blend I have had. I would consider purchasing a full load of it.

Or maybe I’m just in a good mood because I had a particularly bright Dolcetto with a dinner prepared by somebody else. (Query: why does tea taste better when I brew it myself but food and wine taste better when cooked and decanted by somebody else???)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Lori

I just splurged and bought a large tin of this one!

Jillian

Maybe the food and wine taste better because of the ‘specialness’ of having someone do it for you?

Lori

Now I wish someone would brew some tea for me!

ashmanra

My 12 year old is our “barista.” She brews tea for my music student and myself every Tuesday at 3 pm. It is sooooo good. Nice to have a child who loves good tea and is so helpful and willing! She joins us for tea and cookies.

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Lori

I just splurged and bought a large tin of this one!

Jillian

Maybe the food and wine taste better because of the ‘specialness’ of having someone do it for you?

Lori

Now I wish someone would brew some tea for me!

ashmanra

My 12 year old is our “barista.” She brews tea for my music student and myself every Tuesday at 3 pm. It is sooooo good. Nice to have a child who loves good tea and is so helpful and willing! She joins us for tea and cookies.

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