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I only got a sample of this instead of a cake. I was tempted to get a cake due to price but I never tried it and just wanted a sample first. Dry the leaf smelled so good, so sweet! Kind of like a mix of brown sugar and caramel…mmmm! There was a hint of a spicy note, like cinnamon, and a hint of pepper with underlying creaminess. It smelled like a nice rich dessert!

I brewed this gaiwan style at boiling after an initial rinse. The wet leaf was more spicy and sweet, it kind of reminded me of a darker oolong rather than a puerh. There was a hint of tobacco I was picking up. The infusion was a lot like the dry smell, nice sweet and creamy.

The first steep was 5 seconds and amazing! It had notes of sweet caramel, it was smooth with a bit of creaminess and a nutty note. It was very similar to almond the way the notes and textures blended together.There was a hint of a floral note that I couldn’t pinpoint, the was also a juicy fruit-like note that I couldn’t pinpoint either with a vegetal note in the background.

The second steep was for 6 seconds and tasted like tobacco but still retained the sweetness from before. But along with the tobacco was now an ash note that was not pleasant. I let it cool off a bit and the ash note faded and the almond note came back with vegetal note in the background again.

The third steep was for 30 seconds and apparently way too long. The ash note was strong and coated my mouth in a very unpleasant way, akin to licking an ashtray…yeah not good.

Fourth and fifth steeps I took back down to 3 seconds and was rewarded with vegetal notes and sweet tobacco notes. I’m afraid that I’m still tasting a little bit of ash, but I can’t tell if it’s from these steeps or lingering from the last one.

I’ll leave unrated for now until I try again.

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Terri HarpLady

I also watched the buying frenzy, as all the cakes of this tea disappeared. I kept finding myself tempted to buy a cake, but having not tasted it, & also since I have tons of tea around here to drink, I only bought an ounce. I like the tea, but I’m glad I made that choice.

Invader Zim

I’m glad I didn’t cave in and buy a cake myself. But it was fun watching the buying frenzy!

Bonnie

From what O’ve learned, this taste profile is more typical of sheng.

Invader Zim

Dos that include the ash? That note was terrible! There rest of the flavor profile was great, just not the ash part.

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Terri HarpLady

I also watched the buying frenzy, as all the cakes of this tea disappeared. I kept finding myself tempted to buy a cake, but having not tasted it, & also since I have tons of tea around here to drink, I only bought an ounce. I like the tea, but I’m glad I made that choice.

Invader Zim

I’m glad I didn’t cave in and buy a cake myself. But it was fun watching the buying frenzy!

Bonnie

From what O’ve learned, this taste profile is more typical of sheng.

Invader Zim

Dos that include the ash? That note was terrible! There rest of the flavor profile was great, just not the ash part.

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I’m an avid tea drinker, it’s what I drink all day and why I’m here. I don’t sweeten my teas except for the occasional iced tea or cold-brewed tea. I typically brew my teas with a brew basket in a 12 oz cup. If I brew another way I will always note it.

Dislikes: black teas, milk flavored oolongs, hibiscus, red rooibos, licorice, dessert teas, mate, guayusa.

Loves: straight teas, especially Chinese green teas, sencha, jasmine, dan congs, mint, coconut.

My ratings are based mostly on the smiley faces. If a tea is of good quality but not to my taste preference I try not to rate it because I think that is unfair.

I drink a lot of the same teas and will not record every time I drink them. I log them the first time I try them and then again if I did something different and/or got different results.

I also try to keep my cupboard updated to what I actually have for those that wish to swap, although some of them are merely samples.

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