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I received this tea as a gift not long ago and decided to give it a spin today. It’s good, but for some reason it seems to taste better in the store.
There weren’t many osmanthus petals at the top of the bag, so I suspect they may have migrated to the bottom. I’ll have to investigate this…
As of now, it’s pretty much a standard oolong, edging on green(booo!!), with a hint of flowers. Almost like jasmine, which I find scratchy (it’s never done that served cold with tapioca and loads of simple sugar. Ok now I wish I had some tap!)
After adding a spot of sugar, I could taste the flowers a tiny bit more, but certainly not enough for me to identify it as osmanthus. I’m using the tea master so am on the third steep now, with the second and third going to mum and dad on this beautiful, sunny, Mother’s Day :)
—who knows, maybe the fourth steep will reveal something special.
If not, my friend who gifted me this tea was hoping I would share the package with her, so when I divide it up hopefully I can see about a better distribution of contents (it’s ok, we’re like sisters and there is wayyyyy to much in the bag for me to consume over a reasonable time-frame)
As for the rating, I’m torn between how good I know it CAN be, and how it’s presenting itself at the moment.
Well, here’s to second chances. Drink up :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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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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