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I tried this tea three times already gong fu style with different temperatures (some classify it as green, others as oolong). To me this is a green tea with a high mountain oolong look.

Just as the description says, the leaves have an unique aroma (for a green) that resembles plum blossom but a bit sweeter almost like a ripe honeydew melon.

1st Steep – Partially vegetal (like parsley), slight sweetness with floral tones that remind you of a plum blossom oolong but with a melon sweetness of a sweeter green. It leave a vegetal/floral after taste after a ‘clean’ smooth feeling. The leaves were still tightly twisted.

2nd Steep – Vegetal Sweetness and some nuttiness that fades into the melon like sweetness (This was my favorite steep) and a clean feeling that is taken by an apparent melon sweetness with that floral plum blossom aftertaste. There’s a hint of astringency at this point and the leaves are more loose but not fully opened.

3rd Steep – Plummy and floral with vegetal sweetness with nuttiness and the after taste is floral not as refreshing as previous steeps but still clean on the tongue. The leaves are fully open and looks like a green tea.

4th Steep – Smoother more balanced steep with plum blossom floral a hint of sweetness and not as vegetal. Nutty with some astringency reapearing.

You can take more steeps out of this one, I feel its a good tea but not ‘MY’ tea. I’ll continue to drink it and try to understand it better. To me it sounds better than it tastes. I made several tastings with different temperatures this one is at 170-180F, the notes for 195f were fairly similar but the astringency kept accumulating from the first steep on (that’s why I see it as a green rather than Oolong).

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Discovered tea a few years ago and I’ve been exploring ever since. I’m looking forward to keep learning and enjoy tea as I do. Keep learning, those who “know” stop learning and become irrelevant to the world.

I’m adding the scale because I noted that we all use the same system but it doesn’t mean the same to all.(I rate the tea not by how much I ‘like it’ only; there are flavors/scents I don’t like but they are quality and are how they are supposed to be and I rate them as such).

90 – 100: AMAZING. This the tea I feel you should drop whatever you are doing and just enjoy.

80-89: Great tea that I would recommend because they are above ‘average’ tea, they usually posses that ‘something’ extra that separates them from the rest.

70-79: An OK tea, still good quality, taste and smell. For me usually the tea that I have at work for everyday use but I can still appreciate and get me going through my day.

60-69: Average nothing special and quality is not high. The tea you make and don’t worry about the EXACT time of steep because you just want tea.

30-59: The tea you should probably avoid, the tea that you can mostly use for iced tea and ‘hide’ what you don’t like.

1-29: Caveat emptor! I feel sorry for my enemies when they drink this tea. :P

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