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Thanks to Indigobloom for the sample, I just read her tasting note and I’m already a bit nervous because bitterness is not something I enjoy in tea at all, but here goes. :)

I used the whole sample I got, which was around 2 teaspoons, in my 18 oz glass teapot. Brewed western style ’cause I am still sleepy!

This cup got dark fairly quickly and is a dark reddish brown. I decided to only steep for 2.5 minutes. The tea smells very malty so far and at first sips seems kind of smooth and sweet. I will need to let it cool off to drink more of it.

As the cup cools off I am not getting bitterness here so far – yay! I have a malty, sort of molasses-y flavor which seems more on the sweet side and almost creamy. To me this tea has a slight “yammy” quality. I am sipping on it plain and finding it to be fairly mild. When I added some soymilk to it, it got transformed into something more sweet and creamy.

It’s funny how different people’s tastes are because I rather liked this one. I’m still not finding much bitterness but if anything it has a tobacco-y note in the finish for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

I’ve always found yunnan to be a hit or miss for me. Maybe that is how I perceive “tobacco”? *shrugs

TeaBrat

What should I send you in return?! Should I just pick something? Let me know. :-D

Indigobloom

Hrm. Do you have anything left from Arbor Teas? I’m easy… whatever you choose will be perfect (no earl grey or jasmine but I think we are on the same page there lol)

Indigobloom

oh… and maybe Scottish Breakfast? :P

TeaBrat

I have one or two things left from Arbor I can send – no worries on the Earl Grey or the jasmine. Definitely yes on the Scottish breakfast!

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Indigobloom

I’ve always found yunnan to be a hit or miss for me. Maybe that is how I perceive “tobacco”? *shrugs

TeaBrat

What should I send you in return?! Should I just pick something? Let me know. :-D

Indigobloom

Hrm. Do you have anything left from Arbor Teas? I’m easy… whatever you choose will be perfect (no earl grey or jasmine but I think we are on the same page there lol)

Indigobloom

oh… and maybe Scottish Breakfast? :P

TeaBrat

I have one or two things left from Arbor I can send – no worries on the Earl Grey or the jasmine. Definitely yes on the Scottish breakfast!

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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