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This is an ooooold sample, from a swap with SimplyJenW that I never got around to trying. Thanks for sending it along, and sorry it took me so long to get to it! I think its because I’ve never had a yellow tea. Well since I have been in my plain green/oolong/white mood lately, I thought I would finally throw a yellow tea into the mix as well.

My first thought upon smelling the steeped tea is… wha, puerh? But I think that’s just the strong hay aromas making me think of the barn aromas from some puerhs. There’s a hint of oak and cedar, though, that are also giving me that sense. The flavor is mild and definitely like a white tea. Maybe a white tea puerh. I swear I don’t know where I am getting puerh from (it was stored in an airtight pouch so its not contaminated), but it’s there for me. Like the mildest shu puerh you can imagine, combined with a white tea for vegetal, nutty notes. Ok someone else got earth and rain and other similary puerh-like notes, so I guess I’m not that crazy. The aftertaste leaves a prickly sensation in my mouth, and I can see how someone might liken it to the spice of ginger.

Definitely a really interesting tea, and I’m glad to try it! Finally, I have tried a yellow tea. :)

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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