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New tasting with the spring harvest!

The leaves on this one are fluffy, but kind of twisted. The dry leaf has a light, sweet smell to it. Brewed, it is a bit more brothy and vegetal. I found that this tea was not as mild as before, but I anticipated that and added in a little more leaf. I am not sure that was wise, but it wasn’t un-wise. I did get a stronger flavour with more leaf, but maybe I had wanted something a little lighter after all. I think I lost out on some of the sweetness I smelled in the dry leaf that way.

I’m not good at describing subtle tastes in tea, so I can’t make out what veggies it tastes like, but it was a little more savoury than the sweet that I was expecting.

This tasting was better than the previous, I think. I’m not sure if it is because it is a different harvest, or the brewing parameters changed.

Many thanks to Angel at Teavivre for providing this sample for review.

ashmanra

Cheerios? That is what I taste in Bi Luo Chun teas.

TeaVivre

I agree with you too, it indeed tastes better than the 2012 Bi Luo Chun version. As for green tea, Spring tea is the best. So the more fresh a green tea is, the better taste it will be.

Amariel

Thanks, Angel!

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ashmanra

Cheerios? That is what I taste in Bi Luo Chun teas.

TeaVivre

I agree with you too, it indeed tastes better than the 2012 Bi Luo Chun version. As for green tea, Spring tea is the best. So the more fresh a green tea is, the better taste it will be.

Amariel

Thanks, Angel!

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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