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Got some vegetable planting done today, and now I am going to relax with this tea this afternoon. I was super excited to see this in the may reserve club package because I love a good dian hong golden bud. The leaf on this is cute, rolled into little semi-balls. It has a hint of cocoa to the smell, but also a bit of rich hay and honey.

Brewed gongfu. I drank my rinse, because that’s how I roll with black teas. I can never rinse in less than a second anyway, it must take me at least two. The rinse was quite light but sweet and flavorful still. Definitely wildflower honey notes, along with a slight buttery sweet-starchiness of a sweet potato chip. Later steeps intensified those notes with a smooth, creamy texture. Quite a nice dian hong and a pleasure to have today.

Stephanie

Yay gardening :) and of course yay good tea

Terri HarpLady

OH yay! I love a good Dianhong!
Sara, you have to tell us what all you planted!
If I wasn’t hanging out at Tony’s today, I’d be out in the garden planting more stuff myself. It’s a beautiful day in St. Louis!

Dinosara

Cherry tomatoes, bush cukes, herbs, peppers, and a couple of hostas for our shady backyard!

Terri HarpLady

Nice! This week I hope to get a bunch done!

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Stephanie

Yay gardening :) and of course yay good tea

Terri HarpLady

OH yay! I love a good Dianhong!
Sara, you have to tell us what all you planted!
If I wasn’t hanging out at Tony’s today, I’d be out in the garden planting more stuff myself. It’s a beautiful day in St. Louis!

Dinosara

Cherry tomatoes, bush cukes, herbs, peppers, and a couple of hostas for our shady backyard!

Terri HarpLady

Nice! This week I hope to get a bunch done!

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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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