I got this sample as part of Liquid Proust’s group order from What-Cha. I’ve been enjoying those teas, mostly in the form of “wow. I didn’t know they grew tea in ___.” This tea was just a wow. It can compete with just about any black tea that I’ve drunk.

Starting out prior to steeping, the large, loose-packed leaves made my 1.6 gram sample quite large. The first steep had a mild, slightly fruity aroma. Taste is similar to the nose, but the stone fruit flavor is much more obvious. Taste leans toward sweet rather than astringent, and has a good finish. As I sip, I notice hints of herb and spice. Good texture in the mouth, with just a hint of acid balancing the slight sweetness. Several minutes after the cup is empty, I am still enjoying the finish.

The second steep not quite as good, as the astringency is stronger than the sweetness, though the other elements are still there.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My ratings will usually be based on multiple tastings. Oolong teas are generally 3 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 1 minute. Black teas are 1.5 grams of tea in 6 oz water for 3-4 minutes. Pu-erh is 3 grams in 2.5 oz, generally 10, 10, 20, 30, 60 sec. Since I use less tea, 6 sessions is equivalent to twice that many for people who use 7 grams of tea.

My numerical ratings are all based on how much enjoyment I took from the tea. Since I prefer blacks and oolongs, they will receive higher scores. I also give a couple of extra points to decafs, just because I can drink them in the evening without staying up half the night. I don’t dislike flavored teas, but find that they lack the complexity of finer teas.

90-100 = superior, worth a high price
80-89 = Excellent. Will buy again
70-79 = Good tea, but probably won’t buy
60-69 = Nothing really wrong, but…
Below 60 = Wouldn’t drink again. Probably didn’t finish

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