76

Fine grain; almost but not quite CTC. Soft fruity aroma with hints of stone fruit and spice. Tastes of tar, with hints of fruit and spice. Quite complex; becomes somewhat bitter at the end. An interesting tea that might serve as a strong breakfast tea. I liked the complexity, but not the bitterness. Adding nutrasweet seemed to bring out the fruit, but didn’t really cover the bitterness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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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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