Burnt-sugar aroma is different but pleasing. The flavor is very unusual, and I’m having a hard time coming up with descriptors. Sort of a combination of wood and caramel, but not similar to either. Plus, of course, the burnt sugar. Very powerful taste and finish. After a few sips, a straw component appeared as well. Every sip is different; I have a feeling I’ve missed out by steeping this western-style.

I rated this highly because I’m a sucker for complexity. I’m still undecided as to how much I like the flavors."

Thanks to Stacy at Butiki Tea for putting this box together

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Retired engineer/physicist.
My ratings will usually be based on multiple tastings. 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. Pu-erh is 3 grams in 3 oz, generally 20, 20, 30, 40, 60 sec.

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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