Yezi Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

Trying a second steeping of this tea now. I elected to increase the time by 30 seconds just to see how it came out. This time, the fresh hay flavor that I experienced in my first try has deepened to a more straw-like flavor, more roasty and rich tasting. The mild sweetness is still there. Overall, I enjoyed this one just as much as the first, and it’s interesting to see how the taste changes between steepings.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my first ever white tea. I’ve always been drawn to the descriptors used to talk about it – delicate, flowery, sweet (to be honest, I feel the same way about Pinot Grigio and yet I haven’t found one I’ve liked). So when I found that Yezi Tea was offering three free samples of my choice, I knew that this would be one of them.

The first thing I noticed about this tea is how large and lightweight the leaves are – I got about three times as much tea by volume for the same weight as my other two teas (an oolong and jasmine pearls). The small sample packet did not include brewing instructions, so I poked around on various tea sellers’ sites and found a good brewing recommendation.

When I first tasted the brew, I knew I liked it but was unsure how to go about describing the taste. There was a touch of floral and a subtle sweetness (which I accented by adding the teensiest amount of sugar), but the main flavor eluded me. I decided to poke around and see what other Steepsters had to say about Bai Mu Dan in general, and then I found exactly the descriptor I was looking for: hay. The smells and tastes chiefly of fresh hay (not the nasty rotting-in-a-pile-in-the-corner kind!). This is not necessarily a flavor profile I have encountered before, and I find it very warming and comforting, which surprises me considering this is such a light tea.

Overall, I don’t feel qualified to give this tea a numerical rating, considering I have nothing to compare it to, but I do enjoy it immensely and I can’t wait to try other varieties and sellers to see the difference. And now I REALLY can’t wait to try that Butiki Cantaloupe & Cream blend that I’ve been eyeing!

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Welcome to Steepster!
I almost never give any tea a rating. No matter how long I drink tea, I just don’t have a consistent idea of how I would rate things, or on what basis. Add to that, I like almost everything I drink, with the exception of flavored teas that friends send me, which I sample but generally don’t purchase, although I do enjoy some of them. On the other hand, some of Butiki’s flavored teas are awesome! :)

Cameron B.

Thanks for the welcome! :)

I have heard so many good things about Butiki, I can’t wait to order some of their stuff.

TheTeaFairy

I also had white peony tonight, delicious, and yes, hay!!!

Cantaloup & Cream is certainly one of the best flavoured tea available, you won’t regret it.

Terri HarpLady

I’m partial to the watermelon xylophone :)

Cameron B.

Yeah, Butiki has about a million teas that I want to try… >>’

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
225 tasting notes

steeping times: 5s rinse, 30s, 45s, 40s, 50s

Meh. I tried everything I could to pull some flavor out of this tea, but it was far too light for my tastes. I even tried using less water AND increasing the steeping time simultaneously. Still nothing. Kinda vegetal with a hint of floral aftertaste, but other than that not much taste to this cup of tea.

Flavors: Flowers, Vegetables

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Yezi Tea

Hi madametj,

Li Shan is high mountain tea (very high altitude, around 8000 feet), so you should definitely try to brew it with boiling water and add 15-30 extra seconds for the first brew (total around 50-60). This will allow leaves to open and develop inside of the gaiwan, and hopefully it will give you more rewarding brew.

- Meiqin

madametj

Thanks! I just wish this information was on the sample I received. Perhaps that’s something that can be done in the future.

Yezi Tea

Thank you for the feedback, and this is something that has been on my todo list for a while. Problem is the size of the sample bag, but maybe we can try to include an instruction sheet with very order. We already have instructions on the website, but maybe they are not clear enough. I will talk to my web designer to improve that section of the site. Thank you again :)

- Meiqin

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
129 tasting notes

Someone mentioned sugar cane for this tea and I have to agree. It does have a really mellow sugar cane, malt and fruity waft up the nose. Still REALLY like this tea!

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
129 tasting notes

Good (early) morning Steepster. I’ve been a little overwhelmed with work so haven’t been around much. I’ve been drinking tea but not writing much about it. This was a sample I got when I discovered Yezi’s sample promotion (3 free samples if you pay $2.95 shipping!). I went in search of their Jin Jun Mei, and I got it, this one and their Jin Pin.

I don’t get the smoke Yezi mentions for this tea, but I do get a little tobacco bite at the back end of the sip. This won’t be a morning tea for me, but is perfect for the afternoon. What comes through the most for me is sweet harmony. Like the Everly Brothers (and RIP Phil): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTYe9eDqxe8

More on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/yi-fu-chun-yezi-tea/#more-552

Marzipan

My mom dated one of the Everly Brothers (she is from Muhlenburg Co).

MzPriss

They sang like naughty angels – that perfect harmony. Love them.

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85
drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
129 tasting notes

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
1886 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for the opportunity to try this tea. It is one I was really interested in after Jin Pin inspired me to explore Yezi’s site and try new blacks. Compared to Jin Pin, this is a much more smooth and mild tea. There is only a hint of malt but there is a fair bit of nice bready notes and honey. The sip ends with a touch of astringency but not enough to detract from the drinking experience. I am liking it a lot and I am happy I have more but in the future, I think I would prefer to order more of Jin Pin than get smaller amounts of both.

Sil

did i give you others from yezi? if not, remind me…you might like one of the other ones too

VariaTEA

I don’t believe so there are a lot of teas there so perhaps one was hiding.

Sil

no, no worries i’ll make a mental note that hopefully won’t get lost to set aside the others, that way you can at least try them before your next order :)

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Yunnan Jin Kong Que (Golden Peacock)

5/28/14

Origin: Yunnan Province
Vintage 2010
Dry Leaf: Scents of sweet tobacco, dried plum, dried apple. Leaves are tiny twisted brown and gold threads within the compressed cake.

Method: 4 oz porcelain Gong Fu pot
2 tsp tea – 4oz H20
200F 30” rinse/45”/45”

Wet Leaf: The small twists have unfurled a bit and are dark brown with scents of prune, wood, and sweet tobacco.

Liquor: beautiful deep plum, scents of the wood and prune

Flavor: Wood, smooth, sweet prune, no bitter, rich, subtle vanilla in the finish.

Definitely taste after a meal because it is heavy on the stomach.

Thank you to Yezi Tea for this sample with purchase!!

Flavors: Apple, Plums, Tobacco, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Got this sample with a Yezi purchase,,thanks!!!!

From Jian’ou Co.; Fujian Province, China.

Dry leaf has the distinctive chopped-looking grey-green leaves with scents of cream.
Wet leaf turns greener than other white peony I have had. I guess this is the high grade quality!!! It has scents of wheat & oat.
Liquor is a light golden pearl, scents of cream and honey.
Flavor is light subtle cream, honey, fresh & clean. Really excellent Bai Mu Dan!!!!!

Flavors: Cream, Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Finished the last of my Golden Peacock (aka 2010 Jin Kong Que)… In honor of World Goth Day, my SO and I are sporting some of our goth gear (my military hat with the Skinny Puppy logo and his favorite Tripp NYC pants) while having tea by candlelight and playing Tomb Raider.
Pu-erh shu and yancha, to me, seem like the most goth teas out of all the tea types. They are dark, mysterious, beautiful. And they are mostly misunderstood and under appreciated by many tea drinkers.
I absolutely love this tea. It has such a creamy mouth-feel and is so incredibly smooth. The notes remind me so much of winter honey from Kona. I think I got about ten infusions or so out of it. I definitely need to order more.

The set-up:
http://tea-pet.tumblr.com/post/86553766473/candlelit-gongfu-cha-in-honor-of-world-goth-day

Sarsonator

Skinny Puppy FTW!

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I originally had the review for this tea under Yezi’s Jin Jun Mei, which is obviously incorrect. I am putting it in its proper place, as well as making an update.

Round 1: This tea has a lovely malty flavor. I wish I could pick out some additional aromas or flavors, but alas, I cannot.

I steeped this at 205 degrees for 5 minutes. I also did a 2nd steeping for 6 min. I wish this tea was a little sweeter, but it was good. The second steeping had less maltiness and tasted more like plain tea.

Next time, I may add a teensy bit of sugar, just to see how that goes.

Round 2: I brewed 1 tsp in 3 oz of 202 degree water using very short steepings. The first was 30 then another 30, then 40.

I could barely smell or taste the maltiness from the first round. Instead, the tea smelled more grassy, and I was also picking up the scent of popcorn.

The flavor was good, but I actually preferred the stronger malty flavors from the first round.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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5/21/14

Origin: Yunnan Province, China
Vintage 2005
Dry Leaf- scents of pears and dried apples, tiny bit of wood
203F 2 tsp – 4 oz h2o
Gong FU
30” – rinse
30” liquor smells woody, sweet, vegetarian prune brownie. Taste is creamy, silky, smooth, sweet and woody notes.
45” as leaves loosen more, liquor is a darker burnt sienna color. Notes of wood but not harsh, smooth. Sweet prune bread, just prune,,no sugar.
. 30” leaves loose now,,the woodiness is turning into notes of espresso.
45” delicious and the feeling is cleansing and rejuvinating!!! Far Out!!
1 minute – I can drink no more tea but this last steeping is a light espresso note with subtle sweetness. There are some essences of dried fruit as well.

This tea has been stored very well and am glad that I got a chance to try it.

Thank u to Yezi Tea for this sample with purchase!!

Flavors: Cream, Stewed Fruits, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
boychik

Wow this one sounds amazing

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This tea has a lovely malty flavor. I wish I could pick out some additional aromas or flavors, but alas, I cannot.

I steeped this at 205 degrees for 5 minutes. I also did a 2nd steeping for 6 min. I wish this tea was a little sweeter, but it was good. The second steeping had less maltiness and tasted more like plain tea.

Next time, I may add a teensy bit of sugar, just to see how that goes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

I know I steep heavily, but maybe you could try using 2 tsp, cause it’s a light tea in weight. Jin Jun Mei is very flavourful usually, so maybe this way you’ll get more what you are looking for out of it…
Just a suggestion :-)

Sarsonator

Worth a try! I tend to vary the brewing if I try a tea and don’t love it, so I’ll definitely try your suggestion. :)

yyz

I haven’t tried this with Yezi’s tea yet, but someone once recommended doing very short steeps with boiling water for JJM and especially with some of the ones that seemed a little bit off using more western type steep times this has made all the difference. My favourite is around 1.5 TSP/8oz with boiling water steeped for 5-15s the first steep, increasing by about 10s each subsequent steep until the steep tastes week and than I use increasingly longer steep times. As well one of my Jim has this flavour profile that goes through bright and fruity to normal op to a few final steeps of caramel, if you stop at the boring steeps you miss the best ones. Have fun playing with the tea I hope you find a way to make it more enjoyable for you!

Sarsonator

Thanks for the suggestion. I always appreciate the feedback, especially if it helps me find a better way to brew!

Yezi Tea

Hi Sarsonator,

Our recommendation for the Jin Jun Mei is 3 TSP for 8 OZ of water (about 4-5g of tea). We just fixed instructions on the site for water temperature, and your temperature was perfect (boiling water), and time for the 1st brew shouldn’t exceed 30 sec (this will give you a bit stronger tea).

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Meiqin

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Had a good lunch and some time today on this Saturday so I could try this sample I received with my purchase from Yezi,,thanks!
This is my first Shu,,,I have only tried Shengs so far so I am excited!
When I opened the sample package, it smelled just like pears!!! Very intriguing but it dissipated very quickly after that and it was a light fruit scent. These leaves were pretty tight in my sample chunk though so I don’t think the smell was truly evident until I loosened the leaves with water.
I used 205F water and my little 4 ounce gong fu pot.
1. 15" rinse
2 . 30" bit of a second rinse because leaves very tight. Liquor is orange sunshine color.
3. 30" leaves have opened up more and there are definite woody notes with pipe tobacco. Liquor is darker in color, a deep auburn. Thicker too. Flavor is wood and tobacco and it gets better as it cools.
4. 45" even though I don’t want to drink wood and tobacco,,,I keep drinking it. It gives you a nice laid-back feeling. It does get heavy on the stomach,,,I see why it is suggested that you enjoy a nice meal beforehand.

I really love puerh and am fascinated by all tea. I think I like sheng better than shu,,,but I have not tried enough to know for sure. Great first experience with this shu and need to try more :)

Flavors: Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
boychik

That’s because you are white and green tea lover

Lee

Exactly !! lol I was thinking that!! :)

boychik

I really like Menghai and Haiwan factories. Their shou is deep complex full of dried fruits notes.

TheTeaFairy

Happy first shou experience, sounds great!

Lee

Thanks!!!! I had fun!!!

Lee

I will have to check out Menghai and Haiwan,,,I am having a fun Saturday at home checking out internet so I will go there now!

boychik

Yunnan Sourcing and Dragon Tea House are highly recommended as source. One problem with YS if you choose china post shipping is soo slooww. 6-8 wks. Not a problem with US site. I think it’s in Portland. DTH gets to me under 10 days

Lee

Oh I see,,,these factories are the people that invented the shou technique,,,no wonder they good. I did try the Yunnan S. US site and I love it!! But yeah 6-8 weeks is a killer :( :( :(

boychik

China site has a better variety and some cakes are cheaper. Did you try their whites and greens? So delicious. I’m partial to Yunnan, so I even like their whites and greens. Blacks are just glorious . My last orders I picked green, white and black fr US site. Didn’t want to wait and ‘spoil’ fresh teas. And pu I picked fr China. Maybe it will develop better flavor and aged while in transit. Haha. It was a good sale 12%off. It’s good because they are cheaper than on other sites at first place.

Lee

Oh wow!!! Great sites!!! I love Yunnan too. The hot desert controls my spending on tea for summer lol bc I am afraid it will sit out and ruin if I don’t get to mailbox and meet the mail carrier. But in fall,,,,I’m back to shopping lol!! I bought ahead so I have a few from YS still to try!!

boychik

Same for me. I’m away for the summer with kids. Brooklyn summer is brutal too. The humidity is killing me, not heat. It’s opposite of desert, like jungle. Bleh
i read that ppl living in dry conditions should add humidity to maintain puerh.

Lee

Yeah,,I’m only aging a tiny bit and just drinking my new cakes for that reason :( Hey,,,life is short anyway,,,I drink my tea asap!!!

Lee

The cake I have is from 2011 so it has good flavors and though prices are higher, it’s easier to buy already aged than to try to humidify the desert lol. It’s impossible :)

boychik

Did you read on Teachat abt pumidors? Mrmopar has one. So cool

Lee

Oh cool!! I will look at this,,,like a wine fridge eh? Maybe I’m back in business here. Cool thanks! I saw Mrmopar’s sheng or shou thread,,,cool!

boychik

he is the best. so nice. i dont know if you follow him, you should. he gave me lot of advice on buying and stuff. he made a great setup. he shares his knowledge with everybody. MzPriss called him Pu-ru. he is ;-)

Lee

Lol Pu-Ru Cool! I will!!

MzPriss

Yes! You need to know mrmopar, and also really all the people that post on the pu of the day thread. Those people will teach you so much. And they’re nice! And mrmopar IS The Pu-Ru

Lee

Cool!!! Thanks you guys!!! I will be reading and visiting often!!! I need to learn more :) I like Pu-Ru lol

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This is way too floral for Dexter3657, but oh so perfect for me! I’m happy she sent this big sample my way…

Wenshan Baozhong/Pouchong are among my favourite oolongs. Almost considered green tea due to their very light oxidization, they are delicate and very floral.

This one is no exception. Not quite as good as the one I keep in stock (Tealux) but close enough to really indulge myself tonight.

Sweet and round mouthfeel, it feels buttery and creamy. Big notes of orchid and lilac, with a spearmint fresh finish. Wonderful!

Delicate but so tasty, a real spring celebration!

Thank you Dexter3657 for choosing this one for me, a perfect match :-)

MzPriss

I really enjoy floral oolongs.

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I don’t live a cup-half-empty life. My cup is always full (of tea!!!)

Method: I was in a rush b/c of problems with my dogs this AM, so this was something like 1/2 tbsp per 8 oz, 1 and 2.5 minute steeps. 200 degrees. French press.

And this is soothing my nerves in the most lovely way. It’s a little fruity and quite refreshing. I’m glad made a giant thermos for work! It has a nice astringency on the finish that is pleasant along with a mild sweetness. Yum!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

You’re a poo poo head! …just kidding, love you. ;)

Sarsonator

HahHhAAaa!!!!! OMG I’m dying over here, Cambot! Too funny. :)

Cheri

The cup is always full of something.

Sarsonator

My cup is always full of tea, Cheri. And I’ve edited my post to reflect that. :)

mj

I still say Steepster is the nicest, friendliest internet community I’ve ever seen

Sarsonator

This is the best place for tea on the Internet!

mj

Which means the best place on the interent, period? ;)

Sarsonator

Oooh. I see what you did there. Touché :p

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This had a very green aroma and flavor, and while I liked it, I didn’t pick up on any special scents or tastes. It just tasted like a slightly sweet greenish tea.

Absolutely drinkable, but there are several teas from a yezi that I like better, so I’ll be sticking with those.

Edit 5/19/14 – I made this grandpa style at work last week and I thought it was especially well suited to this method. The tea tasted mild and pleasant, but never became bitter. I got 3-4 steepings out of about 3/4 tsp. of tea in a 10 oz. mug. I’m adjusting my rating because I was very happy with the result.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My behind is currently parked in a chair in my back yard, drinking cups of this grandpa style with 205 degree water. I think this is one of my new faves, for sure. I’m on the 2nd steeping and there’s zero bitterness. Just a lovely floral sweet tone that has a very comforting effect.

This is definitely on my list of Comfort Teas!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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The dry tea smells like matcha, with vanilla. I brewed this for 4 minutes using water at 205 degrees. The aroma while steeping smelled like hay, with hints of jasmine and another floral. Maybe it is the orchid that is mentioned in the tea’s description. Not sure.

This has a mellow flavor, and the same florals from the aroma can be tasted in the tea. The tea is mild and has enough sweetness that no additives are needed. I’m really impressed with this one! Apparently I should stick with Yezi’s teas because I have liked them all!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
201 tasting notes

When I opened the bag of tea and took a deep inhale, I was not immediately impressed. It smelled like tea.

But then I boiled the water and started to brew this, and wow, it’s gorgeous. The tea is a lovely amber color and the brewed tea smells exactly like the malted grains used in brewing beer. I mean exactly.

When the tea finally steeps and cools, and I take a sip, it tastes like it smells. Any homebrewer or beer aficionado would know this flavor. Grains can be malted a million different ways into colors from light to dark, and flavors from mild to strong. The flavor of this tea was in the mid-range, which happens to be my favorite.

I should have brewed this gong fu style, but I wanted a nice sip while I watched a film, so I used boiling water for around 4 minutes. There was a slight bitterness, but I made a second infusion, poured it into a tall mug with the first (gasp!) and drank it that way. It was excellent and less bitter than the first steep alone.

I also tried adding just a hint of rock sugar, maybe just 1/2 tsp, which cut the minimal bitterness and really let the malty flavor shine.

I didn’t really pick up other flavors, but whatever. It’s probably because I am malt-obsessed, so when that appeared, I didn’t care about anything else. I was thrilled with this tea.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This oolong has a light floral scent and the flavor is green, vegetal, slightly salty/tangy and floral.

I feel some difficulty in picking out specific notes, but the overall taste is rich while still remaining light. It’s a got a nice buttery green feel to it with just a hint of floral. Relaxing without being too heady. It has a Tie Guanyin feel to it but a little less green and more floral and light.

Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Grass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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Thank you so much KiwiDelight for a surprise sample of this in our swap!

Wow this is a extremely floral oolong, without being perfumey! It is like a gentle lilac aroma floating on a breeze…sweet and slighty vegetal tasting too. I like it very much!!!

KiwiDelight

Yay! I like this one a lot, so glad you like too! :]

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This set is just gorgeous. I wanted a white tea set for gong fu style brewing. The teapot is a little larger than many I have seen. It’s around 8 ounces. The cups are around 1.5 ounces. This also has a 6 oz. tea pitcher, but I mainly just use the pot and cups for now.

The set comes with plum flower cups, but Yezi Customer Service was kind enough to allow me to substitute their other lu yao cups instead. I liked the clean lines better on the “plainer” cups. When I asked about care, I was promptly advised to hand wash with mild soap, and that these sets can also gently be cleaned with a toothbrush. Good to know!

It was harder than I thought to find a reasonably priced gong fu set that was white. I like to really see the color of the tea when brewing and drinking! The porcelain is very smooth and feels almost “soft” to the touch. I love this set and I keep looking for excuses to brew tea in it. Not that I really need one. There are no cons to this set, only pros. It’s perfect! Highly recommend!

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This tea is gorgeous. I’m a little bit in love, with a tea. I’m resisting the urge to write: “on nom nom” as the entire review, because that’s probably not very helpful.

The dry tea smells like green tea, but after steeping, it smells like sweet flowers, with a little bit of berry. It smells like summer!

This was prepared gong fu style with just-under boiling water. First steep was 45 seconds, then 1:30, then 3 minutes. I prefer the longer infusions, but they were all great. The best infusion was at 1:30.

At 45 seconds, the color was very pale yellow and the flavor was quietly floral. After 1:30, the color deepened slightly and the flavor was sweet and flowery, but without being cloying. It’s hard to describe this effect, other than to say that it’s perfect. I can also taste the sweet berry flavor I was smelling as the tea brewed. After 3 minutes, the tea was a golden yellow and the floral flavors were more pronounced, but were still somehow subtle.

I want to drink this tea every single day. I’m currently kicking myself for not buying a larger bag, but it’s a little pricey. It’s absolutely worth the money, but for me, it will be saved for special occasions.

This tea is beautiful, amazing, delicious. Definitely my new fave!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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