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The taster included the nifei so unless that was forged I am inclined to believe it is real. At 88$ for a full sized cake on some sites this is an economic solution if it works for you. As I was freeing the piece of paper, most of the chunk fell into my gaiwan so all 8 grams are in. I normally start with 4grams, but come, join me on my adventure.

The first few sips are ho hum and make me think I am getting the house tea at a relatively fancy dimsum place. 3 steeps later it is hitting me at the back and base of the skull. Must be the double dose effect.

This tea is 13yo and has zero off-putting storage funk after only one good rinse. That is impressive.

The taste is… I am a stuffy middle aged professional man who never raises his voice. The energy is briefly… Actually, my dear, I am the unassuming head of an international secret society… and, not to worry, I shall tell you all about it, but first let us have some tea. But the fun conspiratorial energy dissipates all too quickly. Feels like hype without the delivery.

I liked the overall experience despite the less than delicious taste, but am not convinced I want a whole cake. It kind of feels like not your favorite uncle, the uncle you would politely hang out with once in a while when you run into him at mandatory family functions, but you wouldn’t go out of your way to do it.

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I’ll not adore every popular tea. Nor shall I always prepare it skillfully enough to do it justice and understand it before the sample is gone. Also, my search is for teas that are delicious now. I don’t know yet what will age well.

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