4g in 100ml gaiwan

Dry leaf is small rolled pieces, smaller than a Jin Xuan or Jasmine Pearl. Smells like a medium-roast, sweet oolong.
1st infusion (85˚C, 0:20)
Gives me Jin Xuan vibes – fruity and floral – sweet melon, peach, cherry blossom, slight citrus/apricot tang, milky sweetness. A bit light
Rating: 76

2nd infusion (85˚C, 0:30)
Deeper milky creamer notes, a hint of apricot/yuzu but less tangy than 1st infusion. Flavour and texture still not as full-bodied as I’d like. Maybe because the leaf fragments are quite small. No bitterness or astringency.
Rating: 79

I got several more steeps out of this but forgot to record. Overall a solid 78 rating.

Flavors: Apricot, Cantaloupe, Cherry Blossom, Milk, Peach, Stonefruit, Yuzu

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Amateur tea enthusiast here. I told myself I would start with studying Chinese teas when I first encountered good tea at Song Tea in San Francisco in 2016, and it’s now 2023 and I feel like I’m still just beginning to scratch the surface of Chinese teas.

Maybe someday I will move on to Indian, Japanese, Korean, etc. teas…

For my day job I work in tech as well as write some fiction on the side.

The next step in my tea journey is to start training my nose with an aroma kit to get a more precise handle on floral notes.

My Tea Rating Scale: (adapted from @benmw)
100 : Unforgettable, life-changing tea experience.
95–99: Extraordinary – Beyond impressive.
90–94: Impressive – Deep complexity, extreme clarity, or unexpected discovery of wonderful flavor. Made me reconsider the category. Would always want to drink this if I had the chance.
80–89: Delicious – Nuanced, balanced, clear, and complex layering of flavors. Would probably buy this tea again.
70–79: Very Good – Nuanced flavors, perhaps not as balanced or complex as the next step up, but clear and very enjoyable. Would consider buying again if the price was right.
60–69: Good – Clear flavors, representative of the category, but doesn’t set a standard. Good as an everyday tea. Would not buy unless desperate (e.g. when travelling without access to better tea).
50–59: Average. Would not pay money for this, but would drink if it was provided FOC.
30–49: Below Average. Would not drink this again even if it were free.
0–29: Undrinkable. Could not even finish the cup.



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