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This has really grown on me. I’ve been drinking it in the mornings, and I’m down to my last few bags. This one I will miss when it is gone.

Very rich, sweet (yes, it really is sweet — for whatever reason it didn’t seem that way to me when I wrote my first note, and it isn’t consistently so nor is it overly so, but on subsequent tastings I’ve found it to have a malty sweetness), full bodied, and otherwise yummy, though I don’t yet know how it compares to other Yunnans. It’s better than any of the other bagged blacks I’ve sampled, and it’s so good at what it does that it deserves to be kept in reserve for those times when a teabag may be the only viable tea delivery vehicle.

Bumping the rating.

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Rabs

I just love how my taste buds have been evolving the more I get into tea! I have a major sweet tooth (one of the reasons I won’t add sugar to my teas is because I know that I’d go overboard) and I’ve been sooo delighted with how my palate has adjusted to loving the natural sweetness in teas vs. sugar (like in sodas). I’ve been hoping to find a tea or two in teabag form that I should keep on hand for those days where it’s more practical. I’ll check this one out :)

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Rabs

I just love how my taste buds have been evolving the more I get into tea! I have a major sweet tooth (one of the reasons I won’t add sugar to my teas is because I know that I’d go overboard) and I’ve been sooo delighted with how my palate has adjusted to loving the natural sweetness in teas vs. sugar (like in sodas). I’ve been hoping to find a tea or two in teabag form that I should keep on hand for those days where it’s more practical. I’ll check this one out :)

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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