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1TB for 450mL water. 6 minute steep, 98C water. Rating: 95.

Yum. I wasn’t expecting this to live up to the hype, but yeah, it’s really nice. A bit Darjeeling-y, which is not a surprise, given that the tea comes from Nepal. But’s it’s not a Darjeeling. This tea has a slight woody tang but no serious astringency. The mouthfeel and body remind me of Yunnan rather than any of the India teas. Sweet notes, too.

Michelle Butler Hallett

A note on astrignecy: that becomes more obvious as I sip further down. A complex tea, this one.

Wayne

One pot so far and I am definitely loving it, too. The girl at the store told me it was more like Black Needles … she sold me on that one, lol

Michelle Butler Hallett

I’ve finished mine (only got a little packet) and miss it already. Glad you like it.

Wayne

I went straight for the tin .. call me adventurous

Michelle Butler Hallett

I call it smart. I gotta get some more … but I also gotta get my kids ready for school. Tea must wait.

Wayne

What’s your rating on this one? :) (I’ve posted my review)

Michelle Butler Hallett

High 90s, for sure. I love this tea. I now officially have my kids ready for school — AAAND a retail DavidsTea, about a 5-minute walk away, opens soon.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I read your rating — I thought I tasted Yunnan notes, too. I looked up the estate; they have planted Yunnan bushes in their soil.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Cuttings, not bushes. Yeesh.

Wayne

Aah, great detective work.

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Michelle Butler Hallett

A note on astrignecy: that becomes more obvious as I sip further down. A complex tea, this one.

Wayne

One pot so far and I am definitely loving it, too. The girl at the store told me it was more like Black Needles … she sold me on that one, lol

Michelle Butler Hallett

I’ve finished mine (only got a little packet) and miss it already. Glad you like it.

Wayne

I went straight for the tin .. call me adventurous

Michelle Butler Hallett

I call it smart. I gotta get some more … but I also gotta get my kids ready for school. Tea must wait.

Wayne

What’s your rating on this one? :) (I’ve posted my review)

Michelle Butler Hallett

High 90s, for sure. I love this tea. I now officially have my kids ready for school — AAAND a retail DavidsTea, about a 5-minute walk away, opens soon.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I read your rating — I thought I tasted Yunnan notes, too. I looked up the estate; they have planted Yunnan bushes in their soil.

Michelle Butler Hallett

Cuttings, not bushes. Yeesh.

Wayne

Aah, great detective work.

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I prefer straight teas but will try almost anything … so long as it’s not tainted with hibiscus. I loathe hibiscus.

Oolongs and blacks are my favourites.

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