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I like the tiny little pellets of leaves that make up this tea. It’s cute.

This certainly smells smokey but it smells cigarette smokey to me, not the more attractive and sweet cigar smokey. I think teaplz once described a smokey tea as smelling like wet ash and I think that is the prefect description of this tea’s smell. Not all that appetizing for me.

Thankfully it doesn’t taste like wet ash. The smokey taste is actually pretty mild. There’s also not the salty taste I associate with so many Chinese greens. It doesn’t have the same sweetness but otherwise makes me think of a much more delicate and green version of lapsang souchong. Actually, maybe a little too delicate. I think I might want a little more depth in the flavor. I get a nice taste when I first sip, but it pretty much disappears when I swallow and then a sort of post-fire feel of smokiness coats my mouth. I want a little more oomph in the taste as I swallow – an increase in flavor instead of a decrease. On the other hand though, I feel that if there were more oomph in the flavor, I might end up with a too-strong taste of brine or wet ash. So maybe more delicate is good in this.

As it cools I start to get a little more flavor but it is a little flatter than the taste when hot and there is a little astringency that is starting up at the very back of my mouth. But it’s still pretty good. Better than I was expecting. I think this might be a good beginner’s gunpowder. And I would include myself in that ‘beginner’ category. But it’s got the gunpowder characteristics but not so overpowering that they are offensive. Not something I’m going to have to buy but I’ve got one more cup left of leaves and it won’t be hard for me to finish it off.

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
teaplz

To me, this one was a cross between Adagio’s Gunpowder and Rishi’s Jade Fire. Very bizarre and interesting, but not that bad!

Auggy

Fortunately I have some of Adagio’s so I can compare. Yay! ;)

Ricky

Do compare! I have a little left over as well.

teaplz

Oh yeah! I forgot I sent that to you! :D Hehe, do compare the three! It’s quite interesting, and this one is definitely the most middle-of-the-road out of the three, by far!

Nik

I’m so glad you mentioned cigarettes. I thought I was going a bit mad when I inhaled the aroma and thought of them!

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teaplz

To me, this one was a cross between Adagio’s Gunpowder and Rishi’s Jade Fire. Very bizarre and interesting, but not that bad!

Auggy

Fortunately I have some of Adagio’s so I can compare. Yay! ;)

Ricky

Do compare! I have a little left over as well.

teaplz

Oh yeah! I forgot I sent that to you! :D Hehe, do compare the three! It’s quite interesting, and this one is definitely the most middle-of-the-road out of the three, by far!

Nik

I’m so glad you mentioned cigarettes. I thought I was going a bit mad when I inhaled the aroma and thought of them!

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.

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