85

I have mixed feelings about this tea. It seemed to change its character over the course of the tasting, probably as a result of the tea cooling. It was a very interesting tea, but had a candy-like aroma and taste that I found distracting. (this may be what Butiki calls Honeysuckle and melon – I can definitely see the melon)

It starts with a soft aroma, slightly sweet. Very weak compared to the Thunderbolt teas I was drinking earlier this morning. The taste is definitely sweet and candy-like: light on the surface but with great depth. Layers of flavor with hints of fruit and grass. The finish is good but light. As the tea cooled, the flavors became more pronounced.

I have mixed feelings about this tea. I started out not liking it but it sort of grew on me as I drank it. Based on style I would have guessed it was a first flush rather than second flush, but that may be due to the Oolong-style processing.

This was part of my recent swap with Teamore

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Retired engineer/physicist.
My ratings will usually be based on multiple tastings. Green and oolong teas are generally 3 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 1 minute. Black teas are 1.5 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 3-4 minutes.

My numerical ratings are all based on how much enjoyment I took from the tea. Since I prefer blacks and oolongs, they will receive higher scores. I also give a couple of extra points to decafs, just because I can drink them in the evening without staying up half the night. I don’t dislike flavored teas, but find that they lack the complexity of finer teas.

90-100 = superior, worth a high price
80-89 = Excellent. Will buy again
70-79 = Good tea, but probably won’t buy
60-69 = Nothing really wrong, but…
Below 60 = Wouldn’t drink again

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