78

Long, dark green leaves. Almost black. Rich plum aroma. Strong stone fruit taste, but with a vegetable undercurrent that I find unpleasant. The finish is more veggie than fruit. I really wish I could love this tea. It is very complex, which is usually a big plus for me, but I really dislike veggie-tasting teas. I suspect that others on Steepster might really find this appealing.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 7 OZ / 207 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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Massachusetts

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