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Well this was certainly an interesting experience! I’ve never had a truly creamy green tea before. In fact, I’ve never had a TEA that was so creamy. Sure, I’ve had milky oolongs where you can taste the lactose but they always stopped short of being outright soft and well, creamy!
It was also slightly sweet on its own and closer to an oolong in that there was only a hint of grassy in the sip. Now, I was at work so couldn’t really concentrate on taking notes…
The first steep was overdone, as I needed to walk from the cafe all the way to work which is a good 5-8 minute walk. I’d like to try this tea in a gaiwan and see if it maintains that creamy nature… as I suspect it might diminish with shorter steeps.
The second brewing was good to, but naturally less intense. Maybe next time I’ll simply ask for them to fill the bag and give me a cup without any water in it.
I’m curious to see what happens! extra points for that :)

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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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Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)

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