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Mouthwatering, savory muted vegetal wash with a faintly smoky, sweet sea lettuce aftertaste. The aroma is a delicate yet captivating blend of orchid, grassy knoll at the peak of growth, iris, fresh cornbread, lightly steamed cauliflower, watermelon skin, and coconut husk. Light flavor, but shifting in profile – undeniably green with fresh hay-like qualities but floral and sweet. There’s a non-fruity fruit characteristic I liken to the feeling of stir frying squash and breathing in the surrounding steam… sort of a vaporous “ripeness” you get while exhaling some oolongs. Great body is also more comparable to oolongs than greens. Refreshing and sumptuous, this tea sort of makes you forget hunger and can supplant an afternoon meal, though it somehow accompanies food well without being lost (feels like a waste of a fine tea to drink it alongside something that will change its flavor, though).

Very forgiving to brew. I typically will infuse 4g per 165ml for 2-3 minutes in 75-80 degree C water, but can brew continuously with 3g per 500ml at 70-75 degrees C and be constantly refreshed for over 15 minutes as you drink from the infusing liquor.

Expect something smokier/meatier than a green tea when drinking this and do not be surprised that the aftertaste is more substantial than the flavor.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea Geek.

My focus is on Chinese Wulongs and Pu’er but I’m all over the place. I tend to follow a seasonal progression of teas, following the freshness curve of greens through summer and rounding the cooler months out with toastier teas and Masala Chai.
With the exception of Masala Chai milk tea I’m a purist at heart. While I was originally snagged by Earl Grey with bergamot and make blends for gifts, I very rarely go for scented teas or herbals and can’t remember the last time I bought a tea that was blended. Pure tea is just more interesting to me than the product of mixing flavors. I do understand and appreciate their existence, though.

I upload some blends I make or special prep teas I nab under the company name “Green Raven Tea and Coffee” and the vast majority of these posts will be blends crafted to create flavors/characteristics not inherent in any one particular tea.
I’ve worked as a tea buyer for a smallish cafe and try to keep apprized of shifts in offerings even when not selecting for a business so I wind up sampling a ton of wholesale samples from a couple companies in particular but try to branch out to as many companies as I can find. Until Steepster integrates some form of comparative tasting feature, none of my cupping notes will make it onto my reviews unless wrapped up into something I feel compelled to drink multiple times on its own.



Since all the cool kids are doing it, here’s my big fat ratings scheme:

0-12…..Ugh, don’t wish on anyone
13-25….Bad, won’t touch again
26-37….Huh, not worth the effort
38-50….Meh, unremarkable
51-62….Okay, good tea
63-75….Tasty, really good tea
76-87….Yum, wonderful
88-100…Wow, really spectacular

There shouldn’t be many postings at all from me ranked 26-50 since unremarkable teas are unlikely to make me remark on ’em but to “earn” a score 37 or below I have to be disappointed to the point where others may ask for a refund or turn down offers even when free or offered as a gift (beyond stale).

I’ve got a ton of respect for anything rated 63 or higher.

For a tea to get 71 or more, it has to be pretty special and kinda blow my socks off.

The 90s are reserved for wonders that make me reevaluate my views of the world of tea as a whole.

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Santa Rosa, California, United States

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