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I had an early, exhausting morning of teaching and now I’m in a semi-awake afternoon slump. I needed tea! Not just any tea, though, tea to get me going! Full steam ahead? Thanks to Sil for a sample of this one!

At first I was a bit meh about the flavor of this one. While it was still quite hot it was a bit flat and had a bitter edge. As it cooled to warm it got better and better. Suddenly the bitterness is gone and instead there is a nice depth of flavor. It reminds me of a black dragon pearl, except not pearl-ized, so I would guess that this has its roots in a Fengqing black tea. A bit chocolatey, a bit malty, a hint of grains. Overally quite tasty once it cooled, but I am going to ding it a bit for the not so awesome hot flavor. We’ll see how the next cup goes, maybe it’ll get adjusted. But definitely a nice tasty black tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

Yum this sounds good.

Hugo Tea Company

I’m sad to see that you were able to pull bitterness out of it. :-(

For your pleasure, Full-Steam is not from Fengqing. It is from further to the South and West, near Puer City.

I hope your future brewings are more delightful.

Cheers,

Tyler
Hugo Tea

Dinosara

Thanks for your note. I actually just had a cup of this tea this morning, and had no bitterness. Thanks for the info on the origins of this tea!

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Stephanie

Yum this sounds good.

Hugo Tea Company

I’m sad to see that you were able to pull bitterness out of it. :-(

For your pleasure, Full-Steam is not from Fengqing. It is from further to the South and West, near Puer City.

I hope your future brewings are more delightful.

Cheers,

Tyler
Hugo Tea

Dinosara

Thanks for your note. I actually just had a cup of this tea this morning, and had no bitterness. Thanks for the info on the origins of this 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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