92

Oh my goodness!!! so light, so different, so delicate… so tasty…
I think I may have used a little too much leaf or perhaps not enough water as it’s a little bitter, but otherwise, this goes so far beyond my expectations, I’m not sure where it lands!
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of the “woodsy” flavour, but I find that with foods I generally dislike, the cream of the crop will still be amazing for me. Licorice candy, for instance. I always disliked it, but then had some gourmet version of it, and wow, it blew me away.
That is how I feel about this tea.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I “enjoy” woodsy teas, but there you have it.
Oh, and I know it’s terrible of me, but I tried half a cup with milk and I daresay I loved that even more! the fine, light and meadowy characteristics still come out, only it’s also milky.
I could drink this all day. No tea has ever given me such pleasure!
If it was a tad maltier, that would push it up to 100 for me… that, and perhaps more controlled water temperature.
ya can’t have everything right? There has to be something left to dream for…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
teawing

I love darjeelings, first flush especially. There is a depth to them…
I may have to get some of this.
Extra malt for me too please!

Indigobloom

hey, how did I not see this comment before!?
I just tried this again at a lower temp and it really brings out the roundness! not really malty, but that is what assam is for! :P

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I love darjeelings, first flush especially. There is a depth to them…
I may have to get some of this.
Extra malt for me too please!

Indigobloom

hey, how did I not see this comment before!?
I just tried this again at a lower temp and it really brings out the roundness! not really malty, but that is what assam is for! :P

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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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