Misty Peak Teas

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Two years ago I contacted Misty Peak Teas with a simple question, ‘Which of your teas has the most Cha Qi?’ The reply stated that the Autumn tea was the most complex, containing the most Qi and that if I used a code provided that I would get a discount. I did just that and ordered the 2012 Autumn cake. It arrived and I got my pu-erh tray, pick and yixing pot dedicated to Sheng out. I picked the leaves, noticing that most were whole and that the cake was not over pressed. After a rinse, I drank the first steeping….I drank the second steeping……I drank the third steeping. I sat back, feeling the Qi course through my body and felt like I was missing something. Over the next few days I steeped this tea and other raw pu-erhs too. I came to realize that what I was missing was the bitter broken leaf, smoke, and in general poor quality sheng that I had grown accustomed to drinking. I continued to drink this tea and gave away those other cakes. I found myself gravitating to this tea. If I steeped, the laoshan blacks, the white nights, the greens, the big red robes, I found that I would toss them and go get this Misty Peak YiWu from my tea cabinet. As the years have gone by, I drink this tea daily. I have become friends with Nicholas. He is a stand up guy….he does what he says and says what he means. If you take nothing else from this diatribe,take this…..This tea is being sold at a third of what it is worth. There is No better Sheng available in the U.S.A. at this time, for such a low price. So please do yourselves a favor and order yourself some of this tea. Then call Nicholas and tell him how much you enjoyed it. I hope that I will always have this tea to enjoy, daily, for the rest of my days on Earth. To quote Nicholas……‘Sip Peace’.

Preparation
10 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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100

I have been buying from these guys since 2012 and just found this website when I googled Misty Peak Teas. Cool to see that so many people like them also, I didnt know it had such a following.

The tea, to me, is perfect. I used to be a smoker, but since finding tea, I have been able to cut the habit. I tried probably 50 different pu’erhs the past few years, then I emailed this company and they called me right away and walked me through their teas and we ended up talking about camping somehow, and now I order every few months. Its a straight up tea, very smooth on the mouth and an easy swallow. Not a nasty bitter like most of the pu-erhs out there.

I’d recommend this to anyone starting out or experienced. It seems people describe it as “stone-fruit”, and I have to concur. It really opens up after the second steeping and after the first wash, the smell of fresh leaves takes over my loft.

Great tea. Thank you

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82

It has been a while since I’ve had a nice puerh. Most of mine has spoiled over the dry winter unfortunately. Oh well, lets move on! I recently contacted Nicolas at Misty Peak Tea and inquired about recent products. He sent me this bing which, I must say, has beautiful intact leaves. There is a nice compression as well. The liquor itself seems to have a dark colour for its age. Definitely a good mouthfeel. General profile is very characteristic to the region… notes are on the lighter side. Nice stuff.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML
boychik

what happened to your pu?

mrmopar

And where have you been?

JC

Welcome back!

Sammerz314

Dried out over the winter :( its gone. I was in Vietnam for two months… I got back to my spoiled puerh and just haven’t been drinking much puerh until recently. Placed a few orders :).

mrmopar

You should have sent it my way for storage , minus a small sample from each as a fee…

JeffMI

I have been wanting to try Misty Peak Teas for some time but haven’t gotten around to it yet. It seems that they are completely out of stock of all teas, if I read their recent Facebook message correctly. I am having storage issues as well that is also ruining my younger Sheng.

JC

mrmopar you are starting to sound like a Puerh-shark… I want a share. :P

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100

I have a lot of tea in my cupboard. The variety is constantly changing as my moods change. However, there is on constant: my Misty Peaks Tea… it is my very favorite. My inventory now stands at one recently opened bing of Autumn 2013 and waiting (and aging) are two bings of Autumn 2014 and one bing of Spring 2015 (after just finishing a small cake (100g) of Spring 2015. While I move to various oolongs in all their forms, and various shu puerhs, my very favorite tea turns out to be a sheng puerh. And Misty Peaks takes the trophy! I am so glad I found this tea!

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100

This tea was my first experience to Puer tea. I tried it without any big expectations and I loved that it is smooth and easy to dink. I wouldn’t be able to describe notes yet, but the feeling of drinking this tea first thing in the morning in your body is awesome.

Thanks Nicholas for a great customer service during the purchase process, I definitely recommend you to get these lovely puer teas!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This little ball of tea was sent to me from my beloved tea sister, Sil.
I have a little time today, in between loads of laundry, students, & house projects, so I’m enjoying this tea, some time for being present, and just breathing.
This tea is perfect for this moment…and this one…and this one…
First off, I love the hand rolled ball of tea! I tend to shy away from sheng when it’s been machine pressed into touchas, they usually just aren’t that good. They tend to fall apart into tea dust, or have sticky rice taste. Not my cup of tea.
This, on the other hand, is beautiful, the real deal. Beautiful full budsets, lovingly gently rolled into a ball, they opened out to fill my yixing with a deep olive drab (my most favorite color in the world) and the aroma of clean hay with a little pot mixed in.
The tea itself is immediately a beautiful amber, & tastes of minerals, sweet grass, a little caramel, and a slight apricot tartness. There’s a pleasant eucalyptus sensation as well.
I combined 2 steepings at a time in my mug, and the first mug cured my headache, and gave me an almost immediate buzz, opening my sinuses & chakras, so energy can flow. I can especially feel this one in my shoulder blades & neck. Energy is now flowing freely down my arms, and I think I might want to go play my harp in a few minutes.
Round 2 (steeps 3 & 4…20 seconds each) is equally energizing & more tingly, slightly more bitter, & now my head is glowing from the inside out, like a light bulb. This is why I love raw puerh, and I need to stop being so busy all the time, & make more time to drink it.
I will continue enjoying this until its lost its power. I’d really like to have a beng & will add this to my wishlist. I feel fantastic! Thank you Sil!

Sil

Yaaaay" so glad it was enjoyable

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Boychik was kind enough to send me a sample of this.

This is better than a lot of the young sheng, but still not to my tastes. The earlier steeps are pretty sweet, a little hay ish, but it’s sharp. Nit really bitter, but lots of top notes. The more I steeped it the grassier and more bitter it got. I can understand why others like this, but it’s not for me.
Thanks boychik for the opportunityto try it.

boychik

Interesting, i dont find it harsh at all. glad you tried ;)

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I believe this is the 2014 raw pu’erh I got a sample from for Misty Peaks:
The leaf is quite appealing as there are a few silver strands in the dark green sheng. I thought that the first few brews would be bitter since it’s a newer pu’erh. Interestingly enough this was not bitter from steep #1. Quite nicely done. Though, I’m still a shou guy for sure :/

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88

This is not a powerhouse tea, but one of subtlety and presence. It has a gentle fruitiness I associate with Yiwu, lovely large leaves, and is relaxing and contemplative. I am enjoying it.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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9g ball of tea. 2 Short rinses, water just under boiling. The aroma of this tea is amazing. First steep five seconds, second ten. Smoky and sweet flavor. Lovely golden color. I don’t think I’d want to steep any longer than that actually, a tiny hint of bitterness is there now. Will go back to five for third steep. Mineral. Wet. Mossy (don’t ask me what that means). The tea has really opened up now, and is filling my gaiwan. I’m was still getting a little bit of bitterness even with the short steeps, but it did calm down and mellow out in later steeps. I tried to upload a photo of how gigantic the leaf is, but the site won’t let me. If anyone happens to be reading this (why are you reading this? I havve no idea what I’m talking about!) and wants to see it, click here: http://i.imgur.com/zPknuZd.jpg

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100

I kid you not when I tell you that I have never before had such an amazing experience with Pu’er tea. I first would like to explain that Misty Peak Teas are 100% organic, no pesticides, sprays, or anything used in any way shape or form, just traditional farming styles. They are also certified fair trade and work with the family who makes the tea. All of this makes me smile as I sip my incredibly delicious cup of Pu’er knowing that not only is the tea amazing, but is also good for my health since it is organic ( Pu’er also has numerous health benefits listed on Misty Peak Teas website) and conscious knowing that the family who made the tea are treated fairly. Now on to the tea!

The taste of the tea is unlike anything that I have ever had before. Imagine the great stone fruit like qualities of a great cup of Yunnan Black teas, mixed with an Oolong like mineral water quality, combined into one and with its own unique twist with not a touch of any bitterness or astringency that you would get with an Oolong or Black tea. The smell of the dried and brewing leaves have an exact smell of dried plums/cherries and smelling the tea instantly makes my mouth water. You can literally tell that the tea is of high quality just by looking at it, long whole leaves of even length and color.

While sipping the tea I held it in my mouth and with every sip I noticed a new complex flavor that would light up my eyes. The most prominent flavors are stone fruits, dried plums, and dried cherries. They hit you instantly with a calming warm sweetness that is very comforting. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and leaves me wanting another sip. On later sips I noticed a mineral like flavor note that was extremely refreshing. I could not help but brew myself more. I drifted into teaphoria! The tea left me in a peaceful lucid mindset feeling ready to write music, write reviews, and simply just think about life and all the wonderful things it has to offer.

I am going to be very sad when my Pu’er from Misty Peak Teas runs out so I will be sure to keep this tea in my collection once it does! I can’t wait to share it with other tea lovers in my area. If you haven’t tried Misty Peak Teas Pu’er then you need to as it is a wonderful spiritual experience that will not be forgotten!

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Fruity, Mineral, Peach, Plums, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90

this tea is a nice tea :)

when i smell the leaves dry, they smell fruity instead of musty.

when i smell the leaves wet they smell like honey and a tad bit of floral.

when i smell the brewed tea, it smells like honey.

when i taste the brewed tea, it tastes like honey and a tad bit of spice.

i rate this tea a 90 because i think it is not as good as some others i have tried.

many thanks to Amanda ‘SoggyEnderman’ Wilson for this nice tea :)

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Backlog from last night.

GCTTB4

Many thanks to Ubacat for adding this to the box! I had about half the sample last night in my gaiwan. I got about 10 steeps before I called it a night.

I used 80-85C water, rinsed it for 2-5 seconds, then did steeps of 10s/10s/15s/15s/20s/20s/25s/30s/35s/40s.

All throughout, the tea was a lovely clear yellow. The taste remained quite consistent from steep to steep – a bit haylike, a bit fruity, a bit mineral. However, I did notice the mineral note become more prominent on the last 2 or 3 steeps.

By the time I was done, the leaves had greatly expanded in the cup, but they hadn’t completely unfurled – they were still quite twisted up.

Unfortunately, I noticed that as I drank this tea, I developed a stomachache. For the last year and a half I’ve had unusual stomachaches that I can’t pinpoint the cause of; I thought it was one of those. However, boychik wrote recently in a note for a different sheng that really young sheng gives him stomachaches, so I think the tea is a possible culprit. His sheng was from spring 2015 — quite a bit newer than this maocha. But still, I think it’s possible.

Despite this, I’m glad I got to try a new vendor. Thanks for adding it to the box, Ubacat!

looseTman

Christina, Did you drink this tea on an empty stomach?

Christina

I had it about 2 hours after dinner. Dinner itself was a filet of fish, some salad, and some roasted veggies.

boychik

Well, I have to say I’m better now. Maybe because instead of avoiding it I drink it more often. Kinda training myself. Another tip is to limit steeps. Like 5 a day. And continue the next day. I do snack before and after. This tea didn’t give any problems. It’s not as green.

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95

5/6/2015 alldaytea 5g/just boiled water/100ml gaiwan.

I’ve been drinking this lovely bright sheng all day. It reminds me of bitter orange flowers.

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95

I’ve been drooling over this companies products for awhile, and I have finally received one! This was a strange but wonderful brew! The cake is a forest of colors. It is spotted with deep green, mudded yellow, and golden brown. The cake broke apart smoothly without harming the integrity of the leaves (good sign). It carried a light forest scent and granite. I brewed this in my yixing. I washed the leaves once and gave it a whiff. My tea was filled with a sweet tone. This tone carried a heavy earth flavor and slight citrus undertone. The liquor was a deep yellow and thick. The taste was incredibly surprising. I did not encounter even the slightest of bitterness in any of the steepings. It was completely smooth and sweet. I actually added more leaves to increase the potency. The flavor was a smooth apricot and mineral. Once I reached about the sixth steeping it released an amazing syrup. My mouth became engulfed with a honey and oak flavor. This brew lasted well into the double digits and is incredibly silky. If you don’t enjoy a bitter Sheng then this is the brew for you. I am very grateful to have enjoyed this cake!

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Flavors: Honey, Mineral, Nectar, Oak wood, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Last one from the Sheng and Shou TTB. This is the loose leaf version, but I didn’t want to create a new “tea” for this note.

Brewed gongfu-style with a ceramic gaiwan. Used enough leaf to fill half the gaiwan. 10 second rinse. Steeping times: 5, 8, 12, 15, 20, 30, 60, 90, 120.

Despite being an autumn sheng, spring is in the dry leaf, which smells of flowers, notably hyacinths, and a newly mowed lawn. The wet leaf aroma reminds me of leafhopper oolongs. Purely stonefruit after the rinse, and then i becomes richly jam-like.

The liquor is a clear pale gold. Slightly thick texture. Light-bodied. Bright personality. Uplifting yet calming feel. The first couple infusions resemble white tea. Airy feel, tastes of field grass. Beginning with the third infusion, this becomes more sheng-like – sweet grass and asparagus notes appear. Infusions eight and nine are fruitier, very fruity. Plum lingers in the mouth long after the very last sip.

The dry leaf is something to admire. I think this is my first sheng in which the leaves are so long, unbroken and full. They’re also lovely in color and texture.

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
Dr Jim

I was just thinking that I was hoping to see more reviews coming from the TTB, then when I went to my dashboard I saw this. Cheered me up!

MzPriss

@Dr Jim – I am about to start digging into the ones I took from it and will be posting in the next week

KiwiDelight

Woohoo! Too bad it’s my last one :P

Dr Jim

You should have taken more!

Dr Jim

I shouldn’t throw any stones. I have a lot of trouble writing reviews of pu-erh. Seems like everything tastes of wood or tobacco. I read these reviews of various fruits, but I have real trouble seeing it. I think my palate isn’t refined enough.

mrmopar

You should write Dr Jim. Took me long time but I found practice/drinking it brought me along.

KiwiDelight

I didn’t have enough in my stash to replace what I took, but I’ll have more the next round for sure!

The first time I drank sheng – from Verdant, two years ago – it tasted like bitter dry grass. I was totally turned off. I’ve been reading people’s notes over the past few months and the fruit notes they tasted made me too curious to pass on trying more sheng. The amount I’ve been drinking of late escalated because of the box. I guess my palate evolves rapidly. I’m still getting grass or hay or tobacco (blurgggh) but I’m getting there. I liked shou right away, and I’m slowly coming to like sheng. And I like the qi that comes drinking it. It’s like a clearer “tea tipsy” compared to what shou causes.

Cheri

I’ve done one of the teas I took, and I plan to do more this week. I didn’t want to spend too much more time with the box since it sat there unopened for so long while I was sick. I just jumped in, picked a handful out and sent it on its way.

Dr Jim

That’s pretty much what everyone did. I figured with pu-erh, people use so much for a pot that it made sense to just take one sample. For the next circuit I intend to ask people how that worked out and whether it makes more sense to let people take all they want. The up-side is that the box is just flying around the country. We’ve had 8 people have the box in only 40 days, which has to be some kind of TTB record.

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80

I ordered a 100g cake of this to go with the 2013 Spring and 2014 Autumn I already own. I also am not quite believing this is really Spring pick from Jan or Feb.

The cake is rather brown and loosely compressed and looks exactly like my Autumn cake. This isn’t spring pick, it might contain some spring tea from previous years, and then pressed from loose into a cake in 2015. But it isn’t fresh spring tea. I have my 2013 Spring to compare also which I can tell was pressed fresh, it is tighter and clearly had a lot more moisture. So it is maybe spring maocha PRESSED in 2015. So I explored tea selling and relative truth in my blog post using this tea and another tea. Http://deathbytea.blogspot.com

Having said that, I like mild teas with floral Yiwu profiles, they are kinder on the stomach. The strength of this one doesn’t approach the intensity of something like Last Thoughts at white2tea, but is similar to Chawangshop’s Ban Payasi. The Ban Payasi is from the Laos side of the border, but has the same trees as the Yiwu side of the border, and the price point is lower than for a Yunnan tree. Anyway, milder Yiwu profile teas are one of the few young sheng teas I like to drink. The leaves on my new cake show browning so I know it is a blend with older tea.

I didn’t feel guilty breaking up this new Misty Peaks cake and adding it into a crock canister with the other Misty Peaks teas I have. The level of aging is about the same for them all. And hopefully they are indeed single-origin! I’ve been looking for a nice crock for my Misty Peaks tea for some time and finally found a nice one which looks lovely on the shelf.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Jiāng Luo

Get some samples of YS purple yiwu tea it is probably half the price maybe less especially if you get autumn which would be even lighter on the stomach. I can send you a sample of the cake I have if you would like

Jiāng Luo

btw eye spy the W2T puer pick if your blog post ;)

Cwyn

Actually my pick is from Yunnan Sourcing, the $2 pick is the same everywhere. I do have a purple Yiwu from YS as well^^ haven’t tried it though.

Tealizzy

Thanks for the informative review! I’m still learning, and your comments in Instagram and here are helpful!

Jiāng Luo

oh whoops yeah it seemed like it was generic still like the thought espically since he branded the ones he sent out with a pair of yiwu this month, both being way out of my price range so I almost dont want to try them for fear I will like them

Jiāng Luo

try the ys purple yiwu mine is super fruity berriesque not super complexity almost like the kool aid but a nice transition tea

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Flavors: Apricot, Green Apple, Honey, Jasmine, Peach, Plums, Smoke, Tannic

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Flavors: Cream, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Jasmine, Peach, Pine, Smoke, Sugarcane

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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91

I decided to add this to the catalog rather than review it under the 2014 Autumn link. This was a very enjoyable tea. There was bitterness in the early steeps as well as a slight sour note that took a while to go away. This is a fairly punchy, in your face kind of tea but it mellows out after a while. It is strong tea. Stronger than the Misty Peak autumn tea for sure. I will see how this ages. There were some sweet notes in there too, not sure how to best describe them. The usual is to describe them as apricots or stonefruits. These may fit, not entirely sure.

I brewed this tea 10 times in a 150ml gaiwan with 6g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. If anyone wants to buy this tea it is still available in the 100g bing, the 200g bing is sold out. Get it now if you want it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I’ve tried this tea twice now after it came in. I was really hoping to love this as I was crazy about the 2013 mao cha from Misty Peak and its lovely fruity flavor.

To me this seems more like a standard type of sheng. It has a light color with light smoke notes, a bit of floral, lemon and a bittersweet finish. I threw the first steep out and have been doing short infusions of it. It starts to mellow out a bit after steep #3, but I am just not getting plum or peach flavor from this at all, even after 7 steeps.

So I am a bit torn on how to give this a rating for now. It is definitely a nice, young sheng but I was hoping for something a little different, or a little more like the product description, anyway. It isn’t terribly aggressive but I also think it could benefit from a few years of aging.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Tealizzy

I kinda feel the same way. I’ve had it a couple of times and it was nice, but it didn’t have as much flavor as I was expecting. I haven’t reviewed it yet because I was trying to decide what I thought about it.

TeaBrat

@Tealizzy – yeah it was pricey too in my opinion for something I don’t really love. Of course I know people pay a lot more money for shengs but generally I am not one of those people. ;)

Tea for Me Please - Nicole Martin

I find that I like longer brews with this one. I’ll do a really short rinse and then steep it in a gaiwan for about 30 seconds.

TeaBrat

Thanks Nicole, I’ll try it. I was a bit worried about steeping it for that long because of the bitterness factor.

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Thanks to Nicholas for the generous free sample of loose leaf puer! :) I’ve been sipping this tea off and on for over 24 hours now. I’ve lost count of the number of steepings, but if I had to guess… probably 5 or 6 yesterday, probably another 5 or 6 so far today, and the leaves are still hanging in there! Impressive.

So I think I put about 4g in my gaiwan, which holds about 100-120ml. Aiming for 90 degree water, but mostly kinda winging it since I don’t have a variable temp kettle. Rinsed once, started out with 20sec steeps for a while, then started adding 10sec increments (roughly – mostly by counting in my head, not with a timer or anything).

I would say that most of the front-end sweetness and fruitiness was in the first few steepings. After that it settled into a fairly consistent flavour that I mostly just want to describe as “crisp and refreshing”. There’s a mellow astringency and a pleasant kind of tangy bitterness, with a light fruity note lingering. The back of my throat feels like it’s coated in syrup, and there’s a slight tingling in my mouth. I have very minimal experience with puerh (especially sheng puerh) so I can’t exactly provide an educated opinion, but I can say that I’m really enjoying this. :) And it’s nice to know the tea’s origins and feel reasonably confident that it’s pesticide-free.

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90

Not entirely sure if I’m reviewing this in the right place but here goes. I do have the 2013 Loose Tea. I thought I had bought the 2014 but the package says 2013. This is an incredible tea, very tasty. Its got some bitterness in the early steeps and notes of what I would describe as apricots and stonefruits. There is no smoky flavor or camphor to this tea at all. I brewed this twelve times today. IT could probably have gone twenty steeps but I had had enough tea at twelve. That is a lot of tea.

I brewed this twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 7.2g leaf and 200 degree water. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min and 1.5 min.

Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
tea123

Incredible – that says a lot.

Ubacat

I love this tea too.

AllanK

This is among my favorite raw tea.

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