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I had this as a latte in the afternoon. Quite yummy! I’m just beginning to differentiate between different black teas— there was a day when my uncultured(still is!) palate couldn’t pinpoint the difference between a standard orange pekoe and chinese black. Nevertheless, I am figuring it out… slowly!
This was a bold black, with a strong floral scent/flavour… a forrest flower maybe? but not soapy! that is a good thing in my books.
I don’t always enjoy floral but the last few days I’ve actually been craving it. Odd, for me anyhow. I would never buy this tea to take home though, it’s just convenient when I’m on the run or don’t have access to hot water and a mug.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
teawing

You WILL figure it out, and the more teas you try, the faster it will come.
That was my experience anyway. The fun thing about it is your preferences will evolve and your daily moods will change your choices.
Tea is philosophical that way.

Indigobloom

I hope so Twing, I’ve tried my hand at wine tasting and failed repeatedly… this tea tasting seems to be a bit easier. If things go my way, I’ll be trying a lapsang for the first time today :)

teawing

Oh! I remember my first Lapsang…it evoked all kinds of things!
Here’s hoping it goes well for you.

Indigobloom

oh it did!! I fell in love with tea all over again <3

teawing

Glad to hear it, finished the evening with some Russian Caravan myself…

Indigobloom

I think they have some of that at a tea shop I’ve been meaning to hit. It sounds tasty!

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teawing

You WILL figure it out, and the more teas you try, the faster it will come.
That was my experience anyway. The fun thing about it is your preferences will evolve and your daily moods will change your choices.
Tea is philosophical that way.

Indigobloom

I hope so Twing, I’ve tried my hand at wine tasting and failed repeatedly… this tea tasting seems to be a bit easier. If things go my way, I’ll be trying a lapsang for the first time today :)

teawing

Oh! I remember my first Lapsang…it evoked all kinds of things!
Here’s hoping it goes well for you.

Indigobloom

oh it did!! I fell in love with tea all over again <3

teawing

Glad to hear it, finished the evening with some Russian Caravan myself…

Indigobloom

I think they have some of that at a tea shop I’ve been meaning to hit. It sounds tasty!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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