Sipdown, 129 (had to add the Yezi tea samples that I just got to my cupboard!). Gongfu session.

I think I prefer this one a bit more gongfu. The smokiness is lightly present in each steep, but it doesn’t multiply so much to be super strong as in the western steep. It’s a bit fruitier, and a bit more honeyed. Of course, it also has surprising “bite” to it, which I wouldn’t have expected in this format, but it’s there. Definitely bitter chocolate qualities. Still not my favorite black tea, but a nice session this afternoon.

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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.
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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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